Friday, 26 July 2013

Colouring Practice

Following a series of colouring tutorials on youtube which utilised channels and CMYK instead of the usual RGB/ layers I'm used to (although I did convert it to RGB to upload it here once I was done). Apparently it's better for print rather than web publishing. It ended up bein much faster than the way I've been doing things and I also picked up some shortcut tips on highlighting and shading. I must point out that I wasn't being overly fussy with the practice piece I did as I was more interested in learning the technique than perfecting it, so it's far from perfect (there was also no thought towards background as it's not intended as a 'finished piece' as such)...


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

++SPOILERS++ A Moments Hesitation addendum ++SPOILERS++

Only just discovered there was a review of DB 24 over at Everything Comes Back To 2000ad (actual podcast link). On it they have some rather heartwarming stuff to say about the story, so thanks for that, Flint and Luke- I was more than a little worried when I discovered it's existence! it's also nice to see some talk of Dogbreath as Zarjaz seems to be a lot higher profile and Dogbreath often seems to pass under the radar like a stealth fanzine- an effect of being more story-specific I guess.

The review does contain spoilers and a little explanation of the story is probably required so SPOILER ALERT.
The guys were talking about the stories end and the gaffe that leads to a little confusion is my bad for sure. The Kreeler survivor is shown looking at a picture- a photograph which the last panel is supposed to reveal as him standing with his son who is supposed to look like Johnny. Perhaps I should have given him  fair hair to differentiate but I thought that having visible dark pupils should be enough, which is why 'Johnny' has no glasses...

I felt the thrust of the story was to show that Alpha's killing of the Kreeler left a boy very much like him fatherless- thus portraying the mutant uprising to be as reprehensible as the Kreelers exterminating them. I had a huge ideological problem with this, frankly, typically liberally wank attitude- imagine if everyone had taken that tack with Hitler. I felt the Kreeler was a fascist bigot who volunteered as a hater of mutants, not some nice-guy average dad, and deserved a big hole in his head toot-sweet. The violence of the Kreelers was unjustifiable bigotry and hate, whereas the violence of the Mutant Army was entirely justifiable and about survival. So I resolved to try to subvert the message, because I felt someone had to.
I attempted this by adding the writing to the Kreeler's kids shirt 'Blue Jeans and Clean Genes' alongside the Kreeler logo. I hoped the message would then be that this guy was bringing his kid up to be yet another bigoted wanker- for which he truly deserved to die.

Thanks again ECBT2k for all the kind words

Red Sands Revisited

I did this 'poster' at A3 of Alex Ronald's Lawman from Red Sands. I didn't use Manga Studio at all- just standard issue pens.

Dogbreath 27 - The Gilpin Extraction

Dogbreath 27 is out now and available from FutureQuake Publishing. It features a brilliant cover from one of my 'new favourite 2k artists', Ben Willsher. It links fantastically with the cover to Zarjaz 18 (also available from FQP)

I drew a 3-pager in this called The Gilpin Extraction, written by Richmond Clements. I did the lettering for it too, which was nice.


Dogbreath 24- A Moment's Hesitation

A few issues ago now (but still available from FutureQuake Publishing) I drew a 2-page strip in Dogbreath written by Miles Reid, I didn't pimp it on here pretty much because I was off on some 2-year long 'Law Abiding Citizen'  trip aimed at my workplace/ colleagues. Hmm- one more black mark against the wankers.

Anyhoo, here's a couple of images from the strip...

Sue me

Neglecting this blog again- no apologies at all, been really busy with comic stuff and had lots of way more important family stuff going on.
Which also means the sketch a day has fallen by the wayside too.
I am Jack's mephitic pineal gland.

Anyway, I've had Manga Studio 4 for a while and attempts at using it for inks were uniformly shite so I didn't use it, the recent addition of a modest bamboo tablet to replace my old Asis one (which has no Win 7 drivers due to the companies defunctness). The smoother drawing surface makes for a much better line and now all I have to get over is my own personal ineptitude. I have been trying...

Exhibit A...

and with added photoshoppery...

Exhibit B (Dredd sketch inked then farted-about-with)

Exhibit C (a Kirby sketch wot I found online and inked for practice)

So, to recap- Manga Studio 4 is good, my use of it- shaky but improving. I have some other Dogbreath related stuff to post up too but I'll keep it separate for the legions of admin junkies that obviously read this blog.