Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Years everyone!  Sorry I couldn't get to a new page preview today (too much "end of year" stuff going on). Thanks for all your support this past year!  I cannot put so much time and effort into "grOw" without it!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 17 completed!

Yes — the penultimate page of issue#1 for the new grOw/cOmic (#6: "Milking the Plot") has been completed! The holidays have slowed me a bit in completing this page (spending time with family on Thursday and Friday for Christmas). Just one more page to go (plus 2 covers)!  

Unfortunately, it won't be finished in 2014, but should be done just a few days into 2015. In a historical sense, this is actually more appropriate.  By year, 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the first grOw/cOmic ("Milk Farm"), of which, this series can be considered a sequel. "Milk Farm" was released at the end of July 2005 after 5 years in the making. (Yes, from the first pencil drawing to the last ink and paint of page 51 took 5 years!)

Enjoy the preview!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 16 complete!

I was able to complete page 16 of grOw/cOmic#6 just in time for Christmas Eve dinner. This page turned out to be more complicated that I had thought it would be, with some character overlap and interaction, figure "sculpting", and other details. Overall, it's a great page for BE.  :-)  Enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 15 complete!

Another day, another page! We're getting closer to the end of issue#1 of the series, which will be 18 pages. Only 3 more pages to go, plus 2 covers (cover for issue#1 and #2, the later being the preview for the next issue at the end). I want to release this before the end of the month. However, with the upcoming holidays, and the typical "real life" work that comes up at this time of year, I will be hard-pressed to pull off this release timing. But, if I do miss the end of the month, it will only be by a few days, so you won't have to worry about a long delay.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 14 completed!

Well, I am back in the saddle, and have completed the next page of issue 1 of grOw/cOmic#6 — page 14. There was quite a bit of detail on this page, but, as you can see in the preview, it was worth the time. Things are getting quite interesting on this page as we approach the end of the issue. Speaking of end of the issue, there are only 4 more pages to go (and 2 covers)! Hang in there!

Monday, December 15, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 13 completed!

I am really bring the midnight oil on this issue. I worked on page 13 today with the full intention of completing it in one day. Well, I did. I started it this morning, and just completed it — at 10:30pm. Whew. Yawn. I will beginning page 14 tomorrow, but will have to put some focus on some "RL" items over the next 2 days, so a new preview may not be available until Thursday.

Friday, December 12, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 12 complete!

I was finally able to finish page 12 of the next grOw/cOmic before the weekend. I had really hoped to do more this week, but a combination of detailed pages (which took more time) as well as some "real life" work that reared its head (typical for this time of year), slowed me down some.

This page represents the two-thirds mark!  Only 6 more pages to go (plus 2 covers)! Hang in there! Unfortunately, my initial goal of December 22 as a release date will probably not be achievable, but I am still going to try to get it done before the end of the month. Cross your fingers!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 11 completed!

Another many-character page, page 11 has just been completed!  Only 7 pages to go in issue#1!  (Well, plus 2 covers — one for issue #1 and one for issue #2, which appears at the end as a sneak preview). Not a lot to write on this one (I'll let the image do all the talking), so it's on to page 12!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 10 completed!

Having completed page 9 yesterday early, I was able to get a great start on page 10, which, in turn, allowed me to complete it in just one day after releasing the last preview. 

The great thing about doing comics digitally is the ability to change layouts easily without having to redraw a page. After looking at the original pencil drawing, I can decide to change the layout slightly, enlarging the figures in some, moving figures within a frame in another, as well as adjusting the frames themselves. This was one of those pages (I had also taken the time to "adjust" 4 other pages that I have yet to ink and paint.) I like the new layouts so much more. I take time to review each page's layout as a whole after everything is drawn. This allows me to make these adjustments for better flow or impact that is not always apparent when I am drawing each panel individually. And sometimes, after a few days, I may no longer like a layout exactly as it was, and can then make some adjustments to bring it to a higher level.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

grOw/cOmic#6, page 9 completed!

We're now at the halfway mark with the completion of page 9 for the new grOw/cOmic#6, "Milking the Plot"! I worked late last night to get this page finished, but was so tired at the end that I didn't have the strength to post it online (plus I had to run and make sure I didn't miss the next-to-last-ever episode of "Sons of Anarchy"!).

Nine pages to go, plus the cover to issue#1 (which is still undecided).