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Monday, April 30, 2012

Scorched: Full-size Illustrations

Remember that Divine Comedy spinoff graphic novel I pitched for a comic book scripting class? Yeah, I guess it was too good to let go. I plan on continuing it more over the summer, but I had the exciting opportunity to work on it a little bit more in my Materials and Techniques class.

The assignment required us to design a battle team of sorts: a captain, a first mate, a heroic stowaway, and an animal companion. Super cool. It was helpful to already have designed a rowdy bunch of rascals during last quarter.

Oh yeah. And the team needed a battle vehicle--- anything ranging from a spaceship to a submarine, to Howl's Moving Castle. My story takes place in the circles of hell, so what better transport across the River Styx than an old viking ship? This isn't quite historically accurate, but whatever.

Ok. So with the team and battleship designed, we needed to illustrate three scenes: an 11x17 promo poster and two smaller (battle)scenes. The material? Dip-ink pens and brush only.


CHARACTER CONCEPTS:



I was required to invent a fourth character, so I designed Charon the Ferryman from the Divine Comedy.


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ROUGH DRAFTS OF PIECES:

Original 11x17 poster. Composition was too tight and cluttered. No concept of texture.

Scene where Virgil is wounded. Needed an environment and better character acting.

Poorly thought out battle scene. No environment, no fighting taking place. Demon was not recognized as an enemy.



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rainy Riverstreet


This week we continued our practice with illustrating city scenes. The assignment was to create a one-page story in which a man and a woman walk down River Street on a rainy day and stop inside a strange store selling strange things.

I like dinosaurs. Let's sell dinosaurs.







CHICKEN SCRATCH THUMBNAILS:




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ORIGINAL SCAN OF INK:


DIGITAL VALUE/ FINISHED PRODUCT:


Pretty proud of this one, overall. It has its strengths and weaknesses, but hey. I'm learning something, I spose.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Brave Foot Forward

Our Environments, Props, & Structures class tackled a cityscape with this week's assignment. Using reference from either a local or other real-life location, we were to create a one page story in which a character exits a building with a drink in their hand and encounters a man in a banana suit.

Hey. I'm not the one who wrote the script.


Here's some photos I snapped on Broughton street.























The easiest storyline I could think of for my one-pager was a pretty token trope-- a guy makes a fool out of himself in front of a lady he is trying to impress. In my story, a guy exists a store on the street and notices a guy in banana suit is harassing a young woman. The banana suit guy is handing out fliers for a frozen banana stand down the the street---and he wont leave this chick alone. So our hero bravely intervenes, but as he steps in to ward the guy off, he slips on a banana peel and spills his fruit smoothie on the both of them.


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EARLY PENCILS:
TIGHT PENCILS WITH VALUE: