Archive for November, 2008

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More Sketches

November 26, 2008

Here is a nearly full sketch of Crimson (Minerva) and Viridian (Ana). A little later today I will post some more machinery/tech stuff. Enjoy and drop me a comment!

Crimson Concept Sketch

Crimson Concept Art

Viridian (Ana) Concept Art

Viridian (Ana) Concept Art

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Hardware/Machinery Sketches, Script Status

November 21, 2008

It’s not a big secret that there will be a fair ammount of machinery/tech in the comic and a little later today I will update this post with a few more sketches that aren’t too revealing. Let me know what you think and bear in mind a lot of this concept stuff has been scraped or revised at this point.

Another quick note concerning script status: The script has been done for some time and I have been tweaking it and showing it to a few writer friends to get their comments and crits on good points and bad points – things I could possibly improve on. I have gotten some great feedback so far, and once the last couple of people give me their notes I plan to make a few revisions. I have also begun putting it all into a viewer I made that enables one to go from page to page and see the script, a thumbnail sketch of the page layout, concept artwork if any, reference imagery if any, and notes on any oddities with a particular page. It’s a flash-based viewer and I will see about exporting a version for folks to take a peek.

Gun/Rocket Concept

Gun/Rocket Concept

Dive Sled Concept

Dive Sled Concept

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Couple of new sketches

November 19, 2008

And, when I say new I mean rather old actually. I dug up some more older concept art I had lying around – some for the underwater environments. The first are a few sketches of scenes for an underwater community on the outskirts of a ruined city. The second is a slightly refined design for a submersible. This is all concept stuff though people, so please don’t read too much into it. I like to show this stuff though, just to give an idea where my mind was wandering.

Drop me a comment, and let me know what you think!

Concept Dome sketches

Concept Dome sketches

 

Submersible Pod Design

Submersible Pod Design

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Azure pinup by Stauffa

November 6, 2008
Azure by Stauffa

Azure by Stauffa

Awesome new pinup by Stauffa – check out his website here, and send him a note/drop him some love! You rock man – great stuff!

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Pencil Versions!

November 5, 2008

I’ve received a lot of emails and messages over the last month, wanting to see some of the pencils for many of the pages for that first 8 on Zuda. Listed here are 4 of the 8 pages with notes for each. Please drop me a comment below – it’s an open comment area – no need for an account or anything. I would love to hear what folks think of the sketches.

Page 1 Pencils

Page 1 Pencils

Page 1 inset panel 2 pencils

Page 1 inset panel 2 pencils

This was one of those pages that went through a few revisions before the final version. looking back on it – I am pretty happy with the way this page turned out. The last panel on this page was erased and redone about 3 times, each with a different perspective. If there was one thing I would change on this page – it would be redo that first panel – give it a different perspective that might better illustrate the drip coming off the pipe.

Page 3 Pencils

Page 3 Pencils

 This was actually the first image ever created for Azure.  When writing the script there was this image that I couldn’t get out of my head, and as many artists who work on sequential stuff do – I had to jump ahead to this juicy image to satisfy that creative itch. The medium I used here was watercolour pencils – black only. I highly recommend them for anyone who wants a slightly textured but blended feel. They offer far more control than regular watercolours. Most of the monitors and screens were created seperately. Only 1 used a heavily-altered stock image (on the bottom right in front of Azure). The others were either images created or paint overs from photos I took. The large image below Azure was an image I developed with a lot of help from the folks at Google earth. I started by raising the water level on a 3D model of earth, and then adjusting a NASA image to reflect those water level alterations. I then added craters in a few choice locations and altered the colours to work as a monitor image. The base image I used for this can be found here.

Page 6 pencils

Page 6 pencils

This was probably one of the most satisfying pages in terms of the pencils and the final version being a near perfect marriage. Pearl went through a few revisions on her architecture. I did this page at a Starbucks in Catonsville, MD.

Page 8 pencils

Page 8 pencils

This one many of you have asked to see. It was another one of those coffeeshop sketches – this one at Bean Hollow in Elicott City, Maryland.