Monday, December 21, 2015

The Impact Monster WIP

Is only half colored but I feel like I've already learned a ton about working in color, and how to be more efficient in terms of the actual workflow of making a full color comic. For one thing it will be done all in Photoshop and Manga Studio next time. No 3rd party stuff...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Two More Colored Pages

Didn't realize how labor intensive this would be. Its become a lot bigger in scope than I originally planned, but I've already been able to show it to prospective clients as a portfolio piece, and I've learned a TON in the process, so that is good.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Flatting in Manga Studio 5

Welp, no one's winning any awards for this image, but it marks an important step in my journey of making my own graphic novel, and that is learning all the tools available to me, and how the pros are pulling this sh*t off. I realized the look I'm going for is a flat, cel shaded anime look (no surprises there...) Special thanks to my badass friend Jules Rivera the indie comic book diva for jumping on Google hangouts with me yesterday and giving me a quick tutorial on how to use ref layers in manga studio to quickly flat an image (check her out - Tutorials on youtube are awesome but there's nothing like having a live person there to show you the ropes and field any questions. Jules's is currently in the process of setting up her own patreon right now so stay tuned for that. All good things!

Below is Bianca pictured in the sexist environment of her father's Auto repair shop where she works as the secretary and service advisor. Anca secretly dreams of working on cars with the guys, but doesn't dare speak up about it because that would most certainly cause a righteous shit storm. It's a major point of contention between Anca and her father Santino, who is very conservative and doesn't believe women belong in the garage. Every day Anca waits for everyone to go home and then gears up and works on friends and neighbors cars through the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Read- GALS, if you were born to do something, don't let anyone or anything get in your way!

Below are a few process images-

Starts as a rough sketch stained with whatever I ate for lunch that day..

Inked in manga studio

Flatted in Photoshop, before I knew about manga studio

Added BG

Flatted in Manga Studio, WIN! So much easier than PS

Finally, add deets, shadows, highlights and lighting

Monday, December 7, 2015

Screens! And other tests

Testing out some new SCREEN brushes that can make your work look like a comic! Thanks Mari!

People have been asking about Sly's race. Sly is mixed race, half Italian half Japanese, and for a very specific reason. His race informs his backstory. As a kid growing up in a predominantly white setting, Sly was tormented endlessly for being a half breed, a mutt and a misfit. As an adult his race is also a source of adversity, as many of the antagonists use Sly's race as an excuse to question his loyalty. Either way his race serves as constant reminder of his social status as an outcast.

Paint Tool Sai

My friend Mari came to stay with me this past weekend and gave me some really cool goodies, among them paint tool SAI. I wanted to try it out immediately so I used it for a likeness test I did for work of Mariah Carey. Making it my mission to excel at drawing, and color!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cleaning up & Coloring my Wilderness Comic

I'm trying to have this shipped by the end of the year, even though technically its not due until Earth Day. I would like to get this off my desk ASAP so I can focus on Invincible Summer.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Updated IS Cover for CTN

Things are moving forward, albeit slowly, and I've been getting a lot of great feedback lately for IS! This is an updated cover for an episode that is completely written called "Right Round" where my two main characters get into a CRAZY wreck on account of *someone's* ego. Gee, I wonder who?

Mock up posted below..Yuji gets credit for the idea! Yuji was looking at the original cover and said "He should be walking away from a wreck!" YEAH!!

The original (BORING-ass) cover. A big thank you to Jules who pointed out how sucky my logo design was, in addition to telling me how pretentious my title is. LOVE YOU JULES! How lucky I am to have made a friend who isn't afraid to share her honest opinion with me. I know that will prove invaluable later when it comes time to edit the story.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

What Goes Around Comes Around

Folks, get ready for some dark ass, twisted ass, truly f*cked up shit. I seriously wonder as I'm writing this comic how I got so incredibly f*cked up. So yeah, this comic is really dark and DEF NOT FOR KIDS. Target audience is 15 and up. Then again when I was 15 I was already watching f*cked up violent shit so, um yeah. I guess that answers my question from before, LOL. When all else fails, blame the TV or Marilyn Manson right?

Anyhow, here is an excerpt from the comic I'm writing. I realized I'm really inefficient at this sh*t! My workflow is ALL OVER THE PLACE! Right now I'm using paper to draw, manga studio for ink and layout, photoshop to color and composite, comic life to typeset. Its a goddamn mess and completely inefficient. All I know is, this piece took forever (partially because I've been sick for 2 weeks) but also because I don't actually know what the f*ck I'm doing when it comes to making comics. I seriously need to get on the damn youtube and watch some tutorials on the technical details of making comic books so I can streamline my workflow and finish this comic before I'm 72 and crippled with arthritis.

Some of you might be wondering, "WTF is this lurid project anyway?" Comics are truly punishing work, and there's no money in it whatsoever, so why does anyone do it? Makes no sense, right? Unless, a) you just love it (which I do, it's very rewarding to see your vision come to life) and b) you have some nugget of truth you'd like to share with the world.

 In my case, I realized writing this comic has actually been strangely therapeutic for me, forcing me to confront some ugly demons from my past and try to crystallize my experiences into a story that people can be entertained by AND learn from. So learn from MY MISTAKES everyone, so you don't have to make them yourself. It sounds corny, but if I can save even just one person from the grief that I went through, or if my work can reach out and touch someone who's struggling, then the book will have served its purpose and I'll have accomplished what I set out to do.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The First Pass at the Impact Monster

A comic book I made for the US Forest Service in Alaska, in exchange for my time there. It's kind of like edutainment or a public service announcement for 3rd graders. The script was provided to me by the Forest Service Rangers. Its supposed to educate kids and the general public on how to care for the environment when you go camping in the wilderness.  The comic book section still needs to be cleaned up and colored.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Forest Service Cartoon

Hello folks, all is quiet here as I pull together this comic book for the US Forest Service in Alaska. Its a comic book version of a skit called "The Impact Monster" that the Forest Service Rangers like to perform to the 3rd graders every earth day. It's supposed to teach kids good camping habits vs. bad camping habits. The comic book is 14 pages and so far I've inked 2. Got my work cut out for me definitely which is why I had to skip AAI this term , although I miss it. If I do one page a day I will have it done in 12 days, which is the goal. Then I need to send it up to Alaska and see what kind of comments I get back. I think the rest of the 12 pages will go quickly because they're in black and white. The cover took more time because its color and I had to design the logo.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sex, Drugs, and Violence

This comic has it all. Below are some character sketches and story moments I've been working on. I'm happy to report that the story has evolved from something painfully cheesy and cliche to something I wouldn't be totally embarrassed to have my name on. While I grind out the story, I am also creating tons of development sketches, notes and diagrams like you see below to help map everything out. Each character has their own backstory and unique set of values. The theme for episode one is, what does it mean to be a man? Ironic that I would pen such a tale, but its actually a lesson for young people male and female alike, as well as anyone who's ever lost their way.