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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Why those places? Just because. 😜 Born and raised in Miami, I feel like I am giving something back. Stay tune for more.
Ok, this is a small treat for those fellow artist out there who want to shoot ideas around to each other. I drew this picture on a 4″ x 6″ sheet of note paper. I really fell in love with it as I gave more and more detail to the work.Then I realized that it’s on note paper and I would have to do this all over again in the process of tracing or light-boxing or whatever. This may not happen as often as I would like because I draw comics with panels that have a range of backgrounds, props, and etc. But for those single shots like this, it was hard for me to stop at ‘just’ a layout. So what to do?
I am slowly breaking the rules of traditional comic production. The 11×17 Bristol board, blue line layout, traditional workflow is probably how we all started out. But I will see promise in even a sketch on a napkin and try my best to keep it alive. With scanning and digital media, this is possible. Check out this rework based off a scan of the original sketch.
With erase tool and a brush with the same color, I kept the image alive with very little redrawing.
By the way, this is a page in my up coming project “Chasing Shadows”.
My family is coming over for the holidays and it’s time for my to finish this in the final stretch. I have the featured panel to draw with one additional. Then I have to finish rendering the rest of the issue which is about 5 panels or so.
A few people asked why the video I made of me working on this project was not on my site and I really did not have an answer. I will post the video soon in a new section of the site labeled “Videos”.