Friday, September 23, 2016

grOw/cOmic#6, pages 134 and 135 completed!

Huh!  I hadn't realized that I had forgotten to post page 134 after I completed it on Wednesday. When I came here today, I saw my last post was Monday. Oops!  Well, not to worry that suddenly progress had not been made — I was able to get 2 more pages done this week for a total of 3! Along with 134, I was able to complete page 135 before week's end! So, while you may have missed me for the past few days, the bonus is that you got 2 previews for the weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2016

grOw/cOmic#6, page 133 completed!

Short and sweet (as I finished this earlier today, and forgot to post it, and it is now bedtime):  Page 133 of grOw/cOmic#6, issue 8 has been completed! 2 pages down!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

grOw/cOmic#6, page 132 completed!

The first page of the last issue (page 132) has been completed! You will notice that this preview is the color version of one of the pencil previews for this issue. We also now begin the countdown to the completion of the "Milking the Plot" series. It's been a great run, and I look forward to completing the story of Connie, Dan, Lidiya, Karisha, Feeona, and Gwen. So buckle in, and get ready for the previews...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

grOw/cOmic#6, final issue, pencils completed!

All pages have now been drawn, and the pages scanned and cleaned up, ready for the ink and paint stage!  23 pages in all, this will be the longest grOw/cOmic issue ever! I can now begin the ink and paint stage of the issue and post full-color previews as I do. (Note: the previews may become vaguer and vaguer as to not give away the storyline and ending of the issue/series.)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Drawing of grOw/cOmic#6, issue 8 closer to completion

I was able to get a lot of work done this week on the last issue of the grOw/cOmic#6 ("Milking the Plot") series. I continued drawing and was able to finish another 8 full pages (18 of 23 now drawn). This took quite a bit of background set-ups first, using my 3D program, so that the characters matched the scene perfectly (28 shots). It also took some "model building" time, as new background scenes were needed. And some of these were for the last 5 pages, so I will be ready to draw next week! Right now, I am scanning in each drawing (taking 2 scans each, since the page is so large) and compositing them.

The one thing I learned in this issue is that BE authors have it easy. Sure, you have to describe a scene with detail, but you can leave some of it vague and let the reader fill it in. An artist must supply every detail, and even more challenging, make it work to the laws of physics.  (In creating one of the grOw/stOries, I had to go back to the author and ask him to re-write a particular passage. It seemed to make sense in text. But when I started to draw it, and tried to figure out where each arm, leg, head, and boob would go, I realized the human body doesn't work that way.)  I had to change a few scenes ever so slightly in this last issue for the same reason. Things just got too big.

Friday, September 2, 2016

grOw/cOmic#6, pencils and background building continues

All the pre-production and "back lot work" continues on issue 8 of grOw/cOmic#6!  In the past week, another 8 pages of backgrounds and camera set-ups (34 images) were created and another 8 pages were pencil drawn. Chip, chip, chip.  I can't wait to begin the ink-and-paint stage of this issue! "It's gonna' be huuuge."

Friday, August 26, 2016

grOw/cOmic#6, issue 8 drawing begins!

It's been 2 weeks since the release of issue 7, and in that time, I've made a lot of headway on issue 8 ("Climax"), the final issue of this series.  After taking care of some "real life" work that I pushed off in order to get issue 7 out on time, I sat down and wrote the script to issue 8. I already had an idea on where I was going and how it would end. But I only had some outlines written, but not actual dialogue or narration. As this work got closer to completion, I knew that this final issue was going to be another long one. As it sits now, the issue will be 23 pages!

After the script was finalized, I sketched out each page in small 3"x4" roughs to plan out the frames and content. Then, once I was satisfied (I made a few changes to some pages), I then proceeded to set up camera angles and backgrounds in my 3D program. This last step would help me gauge the proper proportions of the characters to the backgrounds. After doing this for most of the frames of the first 6 pages, I began the pencil drawing. Today, I finished the first 2 pages. After drawing them, the pages were scanned, stitched together (as the size of the drawings is too big to fit on the scanner bed), retouched, and made into templates for the ink and paint stage.

The final race to release has begun! This is going to be a wild ride!