Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Christmas Tree Decorations
Paper toys are pretty new to me, and these were my first go at it. A Wedding gift for our first anniversary, that's my beautiful wife on the right, i'm the daggy sideburns guy on the left.

There's some interesting blogs out there on papertoys...

http://horrorwood.info/blog/category/blog/
http://www.paperkraft.blogspot.com/
http://www.nicepapertoys.com/
http://www.macula.tv/downloads/papertoys/gallery/intro/gallery.htm

Evolution of a page(s) Heroic Heroes #8
Well this is a massive step, it's been 5 days since the last post, and it usually takes even longer than that to hit the BLANK PAGE. So, after pottering around for a couple of hours, doing anything to not draw, i finally sat down.

The Paper -
I have been crippled by bad paper in the last few years. I use a hunt 102 dip pen, and finding it's equal in paper has made me go soft in the head many times. What i've found is the steel point of my pen often bites the paper causing me to constantly clean my nib, that or the paper's too thin and the ink bleeds or makes the paper dimple.
So thank the holy heavens i found this Bristol board at Eckersley's a month ago. You hear cartoonists talk about how they use Bristol Board all the time and i gotta tell ya this stuff is like papery mana from the gods. Clean Lines, no breakage and silky smooth. Drawing lines on this stuff is like sleeping in a womb. So like Starship said, Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now!

Size
I've fucked around with plenty of different sizes for the originals. I started off drawing at the same size it was printed (1:1), then i started drawing on an A3 page. The problem with A3 is you need either an A3 scanner or you have to scan bits and pieces in an A4 scanner and then put it back together. I was pretty shit at photoshop when i started so i had to get a mate to scan my stuff in, and after awhile i just went back to 1:1. Looking back at the originals for the last seven issues is like looking at the collected work of an autistic preschooler, with all the odd sizes and bits of cut out board. And with that said, i've now chosen a brand new ratio thanks to the bristol board which is what you see above, i think it's 1:1.2 or something silly. I did it so i could get as much out of a sheet of Bristol Board as i could without doing it at 1:1.

Fuck i'm crapping on a bit. Next - The Pencils

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Heroic Heroes #8
Evolution of a Page

So i plotted out and pencilled the first 32 pages of issue 8 a couple of years ago and never got around to plotting the last 30 odd pages. So two weeks ago i finally got the story finished and thought it might be a good opportunity to show what goes on behind the creation of an underground self published mini comic.

Well surely someone must be interested in this world wide web.

It does come up a lot when you talk to comic crew:- do you do full script? Layouts? etc.

Well here we go, I'll update this as i work through it and you can see the evolution of a page.

This will end up being a two page spread, so 39 and 40 will be read next to each other in landscape format. As you can see Mr Scary has just been told that the Octopus army has been decimated, (no spoilers here, because we know the octopus army was wiped out at the start of issue 7) and his plans for world domination have been somewhat hindered. I try to have the octopus guys dialogue very conversational and polite. The layouts are very basic, i approach each page with a 3 panel grid that i can fuck about with when i get to pencils. Panel composition isn't a big issue here either, but definitely i like to think about where the characters are standing and space with regards to placing the balloons, and the future panning of the 'camera'.

As far as drawing of the characters go, i usually go for some short hand indicator of which character is speaking, so the octopus guy has the legs, and Mr scary just looks like a pacman ghost really.

As i work through these pages i'll try to give some kind of idea how long it's taken (always too long), and show pencils, lettering then inking and photo-shopping.

As far as issue 8 goes i've got about 30 pages inked, or pencilled and layed out. The last 30 odd are all like this, and the race is on to have it finished by the time Supanova Brisbane comes by.