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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.

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.

The Redo…

Last weekend, I finished the Christmas Special of Dizzy Spells on Tapastic.  It was a cool idea until Mr. Adam Cogan got his hands on it and made an awesome story.  The results was great and I wanted to spend time on it to make it shine.  Please check it out @ Dizzy Spells – Christmas Special and let me know what you think.

Finishing Touches on Dizzy Spells Christmas Special

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”.

Thank you and stay tuned.

Continued Work on The Other Side of Nowhere

This story is still in the early phases but everyone I show the pages to love them. So why aren’t the pages on the site yet? Well, you just have to wait. OSN is near completion of the first half of volume one.  Writer and co creator Marcell Dupree and I plan on having issue one done by the end of February 2017. Until then, I’ll try to sneak a few pages or to you ;-).