Comic Character Illustration #3

Making Of / 25 August 2020

This is the last part of my Flint and Mortimer character illustration post. I'm done and happy with it and I'll most likely get to do a cover artwork for this project as well, which I am really happy about! There are going to be two comic book versions and one cover for each. 

Today I already updated my portfolio with all the character artworks for Flint and Mortimer (including the final character illustration) and the full video of the drawing process as a timelapse as well. So check it out if you are interested in seeing how I drew those two guys on my iPad.

At this point I am considering to make a YouTube channel where I can post more timelapse videos, anybody have experience to share or requests to make? I'd be happy to hear what others did or like to watch online (within the art field).


Comic Character Illustration #2

Making Of / 21 August 2020

As I promised in my last blog entry today comes part two of the character drawing process video. Again it's a timelapse. In case you haven't read the previous post, this is a character called Flint for a comic project that I am currently working on. It's done on the iPad in Procreate.
I've been quite enjoying this one actually and by now I moved on to the second main character named Mortimer.

I am almost done so I hope that by Monday I can put the third part of the drawing process (adding Mortimer) to the blog as well.
If the pants didn't already give it away: it's a story taking place in the 70's. I am still considering adding some details in the end. I don't know, like flowers on the shirt or some accessoires. So I don't entirely consider this finished yet. 

Comic Character Illustration #1

Making Of / 17 August 2020

Since last week was mostly dedicated to my personal project, this week I'm going back to working on the comic project. I want to try around with the character a bit and since the weapon reference sheet requested "cool pose for cover" I thought I'd give it a try. Even though to my knowledge it's not me who's gonna do the cover. Who is actually??
Also it's been terribly hot (especially for north German standards) lately and working on the big Wacom tablet was not helping. It's getting extra hot that way.
That is pretty much the main reason why I switched to the iPad more often again recently.
So also the character illustration of Flint (one of the protagonists) is going to happen on the iPad in Procreate.
Instead of an image this time I have a little process video. It's only about a minute long and shows the sped up process of me soing a basic sketch.
To be continued with another video (if I don't forget, haha...).

Concept sketches (outfits)

Making Of / 15 August 2020

This week I mostly dedicated work to my personal project and kept going with the concept design sketches I started with on Monday.
These outfits are for a military faction in a fictional world which I would put in the SciFi genre but it also has some fantasy elements (like trolls and witches) and I don't intend to make it high SciFi but instead - at least on the visual side - more down to earth.
So I gathered some favourites and made three versions of each. None of them is final anyway, but I'd like to go on with one of these sets.

The idea is that there are three base outfits that can be tweaked with armor and geared up or personalized to a degree. There's gotta be a two-part outfit with pants and jacket, a one-piece (overall) and another two piece consisting of pants and coat.
After I decided for a direction (set one to five) I'll continue playing around with that set. Maybe adjusting some details, changing some parts and eventually try out some colors. 

Feedback is very welcome, I'd like to hear some opinions on this before I keep going. I posted a poll to my Twitter account as well. I do like to consider other people's thoughts and I think it's really cool to have them have influence on the outcome.
I used to do something like that a long time ago with a web comic, where my readers had actual influence on how the story went on by leaving me comments. I'd like to do that again when I reached the point of turning this into a comic series!


Comic Character Concept Sketches

Making Of / 10 August 2020

More character sketches in this blog entry, but another project. While the last ones were for my personal project, this one is for a comic collaboration for a German publisher. For this one I am going a little more cartoony than usual. The style has to match somewhat with what the other artists do and the story is more humorous than what I am used to.
I do have my fun with this, being a little sillier than normally.

This guy is called Jack O'Lantern, I wrote about his turnip-lantern before in this blog entry

Now I am almost done with all the designs for the comic. That means I'm gonna put them into my portfolio soon and then keep going with the storyboard.
Which grumpy grandpa out of these would you have picked?


Personal Project Concept sketches

Making Of / 07 August 2020

Since I was gonna do some changes to my personal project - which I was going to work on more often again -, I'm starting with one of the most important designs.
One of the factions in my story and world that I am building is specially important because it's going to play a major role, not only because the two main characters are part of said faction. It is a well equipped military faction with a fleet of airships. The terrain they are in is mostly tundra and highlands. I'm trying to come up with a cool looking but also functional and customizable outfit for the regular soldier. There are subclasses and specialists too. That is why I want the outfit to be customizable. I want to be able to take the same outfit and still make it different for each role neccessary, according to rank and/or their speciality by adding or removing parts or accessoires. There could be short jackets, coats and overalls but it has to match with one another.

I started doing some sketches this week. To be honest I find overalls really cool and since I'm my own art director here, chances are I'm gonna put an overall on one of the main characters.

I have more design sketches but these are my favourites so far. I'm gonna put them in my portfolio when I gathered enough and made a decision...

I dreamed some crazy stuff

General / 03 August 2020

It was very sci-fi and also pretty vivid, even though I forgot some things by now. It started as a nice dream, I appreciated the icy landscape and it was like a movie. Not going into detail because I want to use some of that in my project (hehehe), it was too interesting to not do that. But I can say that it turned from a good dream into a nightmare. That was less nice.
Bute whatever, I felt very inspired to put it on canvas.
For the first time in a long time I used photoshop and no outlines. I am tempted to try this image with outlines in a different approach.

Still trying to fill that sketchbook

General / 06 July 2020

Sketches that could also be called explorations of places for my personal project. Soon I want to take some of the environmental sketches that I did and explore them further on the digital canvas.

I also made a tiny one which is not in my sketchbook but on a seperate piece of paper. I did that to cover up a mistake I did in my journal. I am using it for daily things, to-do's, lists and similar stuff as well as keeping track of my habits and health. With this month though I came up with a more art-focussed layout to help me keep track of my projects too.

Then I also finally used some color on one of my sketches. Different types of colored watercolor pencils came to action. It was a nice practice...

The following and last drawing is one of those I'd really like to work more with and take further. Soon, soon...


Stuff from the comic storyboard

Making Of / 26 June 2020

Hey everyone,

as I announced in the last blog entry I have some turnips for you today.
I'm currently working on a storyboard for a comic, which is part of a series. The story is written by Michael Mikolajczak and there are three other artists working on it, every artist has their own chapter. Mine is Halloween themed which I am really happy about!
So, while I was reading the script and working on the storyboard a turnip with a light inside was mentioned, used instead of the typical pumpkin. It wasn't much described though so I came up with a few ideas and turned it into a lantern. I had quite some fun with it! Maybe I'll draw more of those and I sure want a colored and more finished looking version of it too. Once there is a chosen one I suppose.

Unfortunately I can not reveal too much about this project and show the storyboard or anything at this point. I do take some of my panels out to post them on Instagram though. So since these are already public I might as well share them here too. I gotta say that I got pretty used to draw storyboards which only I am going to see (and it shows). In this case I thought that same approach wouldn't be the best idea if I want anyone but me to understand what's going on. So I put more effort. Below you see panels of my cleanest storyboard so far...

Mummy. I'll propose to make the mummy fat.

I have fun with the creepy theme and lookig forward to make it look especially moody!

Mysteriously there's a peel-less banana at the front door. Who does that?


Character sketches

General / 19 June 2020

This time I drew characters into the sketchbook. Right now I don't dare to draw on the back of the pages because I am still using water, the brushpen is also bleeding through a little bit so I don't want to risk it. I wonder... did I ever have one of those Moleskine sketchbooks? I did have one as a notebook only I think. I had Leuchtturm though and cheap stuff. Like really cheap. 

Anyway, here come my drawings...

First one is not entirely finished. It is, but it isn't. I was going to add another character and put a hint of background but I'm gonna turn it into a new drawing and make it... well, more finished.

The second one is a character from my personal project which - as I said in the last entry - I also want to put more time into again. I want to talk about it a little more too, another time. But probably not next time because currently I am working on a storyboard for a comic which I also want to talk about. Probably next time. Turnips. Just sayin...

To anyone who reads this I'd like to ask: what sketchbook are you using or which one do you recommend? Or do you not keep a traditional sketchbook at all?