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Frontier Graveyard #6 Cover pt. 1

In this pin-up, I’m trying something different. I want to make this epic and I’m going slow. Sketching out all the details as much as I can and grabbing the audience attention as much as possible.

First attempt to sketch out some poses and definitely the level of action I want.

I changed the poses of the main characters to make more sense out of the piece.

The guy on top wasn’t even aiming at anything.  And it was too super hero-ish of them to be standing the way they were.  These guys are in trouble!  There is no way out for them.

What I’m doing here is trying to figure out how this is all going to come together and making distinctions that I want done.  I’m making each character and interaction flow together.  This is a friggin’ zombie apocalypse! This should be easy for me in the sense that it can be chaotic but not too chaotic. The goal is to be somewhat uniform. I just don’t want a bunch of people just kind of standing there so I draw these guys crawling over each other and trying to make the effort to eat these people.  It should be as dramatic as possible and put a lot of energy into it. This is a “no way out” scenario and that should be conveyed here.

So at this stage, a heavy brush is used to separate all the main components that needs focus. This helps me out to focus on each individual piece separately and make distinct detail changes. The image become multiple little pieces. It’s a good way to break up things. In later posts, I’ll show you this brush I picked up when I was in LA.  I learn this approach from a friend of mine Ryan Benjamin.  I’ve used this approach every since then it. It really helps me the define things individually and kind of gives you a good starting point when you go back to work on your piece.

Smaller pens and brush are used to wrap things up. I add details at this point.  All the thinking is done at this point. I’m working on things like fabrics and different textures. I’m not following any particular line that I drew just making sure that each texture is somewhat different. I’m going to do some other effects here with another post later this week or possibly this month.

Here is the final work.

I want to thank all of you for checking out this post. I have more to come and I’m going to do a video tutorial on how to make webcomics coming up soon.  It should be around November/December.  As I make the comic, you guys will be with me every step of the way.  The goal is to give those of you out there who want to make comics some different approaches to do so and still maintain a nine-to-five job.

See ya.

Dizzy Spells Submission

Title: Dizzy Spells
Created by: Adam Cogan (Black Coat and Villains) and Profesone
Status: 2 issues colored and lettered. 3rd issue in fully inked.

Synopsis: An incredibly old master wizard is reaching the end of his rope and has to find someone to take his place. He meets a young man in high school who seems to be a fit but also just might be his biggest challenge yet!

 

SKETCH EXERCISE (CHASING SHADOWS) Pt. ii

I attached the second video I made of the Chasing Shadows two page spread. This is mainly to show how I start my process of inking. I also show some of my tools of the trade in these videos. If you feel like commenting to me or just about the video please follow me on Youtube.com.

Frontier Graveyard Submission

Title: Frontier Graveyard
Created by: David Furr and Shannon Smith
Written by: David Furr
Status: 5 issues fully inked and lettered.

Synopsis: The transcontinental railroad was going to bridge the East to the West and usher in a new age of prosperity along the frontier. But something’s gone wrong. A crew of rail workers has disappeared, and settlements along the line are falling silent. The railroad hires Nathanial Holden and Ezekiel Grey to search for answers. What they find instead is a trail of bodies and a quiet town on the verge of annihilation.

Dizzy Spells Issue 3 Layouts

I had been working hard these last couple of days on Dizzy Spells.  The spark from the Tapastic.com series has given me a new reason to continue the run.  Along with writer Adam Cogan, I will focus my efforts in making Dizzy Spells a complete trade paperback by the end of May.  This will then be a Kickstarter to fund print cost hopefully in June. The good news is I don’t have to rush on it.  Adam and I plan on also pushing Sword Theory by the end of the year as issue one is already completed and issue two is already written.

I added some page layouts to show my process of how I conceptualize a page.0306 0309 0310

MegaCon is A Go

This is a recent Batman piece I’m doing for an upcoming Con. I usually don’t draw other company characters but when I do, I try to make the best of it.  This one is already catching the eye of some potential claimers.

Since I am in Florida and back in a place where I can reunite with my friends from down south, I decided to go to Orlando for MegaCon.  It’s a favorite for me and I always have a great time when I go.  I plan on getting a table but not sure if I can.  I will keep you all posted if I do.

Stepping Back to Traditional Artwork

Artwork in a different direction
First night of working with under an hour into it.

Lately I’ve been looking to take my work to another level.  I met with one of my best friends SKAM2? and he introduced me to one of his friends Jeff Dekal who works for Marvel as a cover artist.  Jeff is a painter and a badass one to boot.  His work in “real” work.  As an artist you have to sometimes surround yourself around other artist to what levels you can take your own work.  So, I tried something different…One night while doing another one of my many drawing exercises I do to keep relevant in my craft, I realized something.  I love to just draw and sometimes it does not have to be comic related.

Island Heritage
Round two on rendering and touch ups.

I was extremely tired when I drew this but it just flowed.  As I dreamed that night, I had the idea of making a project for the new year to focus on two regions Africa (the continent) and the Caribbeans (Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba).

island_strength-finWhy those places? Just because. 😜 Born and raised in Miami, I feel like I am giving something back.  Stay tune for more.