Tuesday, September 13, 2005

n1



As I mentioned previously in another post, I’ve been warming up less and less before approaching a page due to time constraints. However, when I do stretch the old art muscles it’s typically been in the form of throwing down some pencils then following up with some quick inks the next night in order for me to have something worth keeping in the sketchpad. I guess I’m weird in the sense that I feel as though if a piece in my sketchbook isn’t inked then it’s not “keepable”. This is probably due to the fact that I am inking my own work and am not used to seeing it “unfinished” so to speak.

I had the idea for Nissa’s “arrow” pants and I thought they would look cooler on a chick than on a dude. I also want to incorporate some kind of sleek, non-abrasive (lol), samurai battle armor for her to wear when she’s decked out for a fight. Gotta have protection!

See post below for additional screw-ups on this character.

J out.

n2



This sketch started out as an outline of Nissa’s body that I was planning on adding the “sleek samurai battle armor” to, but when I began to throw down the tech pens to the rough sketch I completely forgot about the armor! Ah well, I guess it warrants another drawing of this femme fatale!

I initially wanted to lay an ink wash over the finished “armor” piece to create some depth in terms of the raised portions of the armor, but since I dropped the ball on that one I decided to add some depth with the pencil. I went back and applied the same method to the above sketch as well. I suppose you could call it a “poor man’s wash” lol

J out.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Clay



For Sundown I am leaning more towards a less refined and craggier look. The above pic is of one of the main characters, Clay, the town sheriff and all-around bad boy. It’s up to him to make the important decisions, and as we learned in issue 1 there is more to him than even his brother realized.

Jay has done an excellent job with character development, and the individuals presented in this book have personalities that really shine through. Unfortunately it has taken me until issue 3 to feel comfortable enough to say that I've caught my stride with them - and this is the final issue in the miniseries, lol.

For another great example of awesome character development, check out High Roads...every character brings something unique to the table be it dialogue, mannerisms, or simply the contrast in looks to other characters in the book. That WS creative team did a heckuva job on that title - action, intrigue, humor, you name it, this book has got it! Sure, I may be partial to my man Gerry Alanguilan, but all personal favs aside, it really is a wonderful book. And I can't mention his name without giving him (yet another) plug, Silent Dragon. Three words: Buy. It. Now.

Perhaps I will “spotlight” the other main characters in a later post.

J out.