May 6 2019
Introducing the ” Hall of Mention” , where images and characters ( original and Fan art) viewers have mentioned being interested in; such as:
Red Sonja,Scarlet Witch, Ann Boleyn, Reith (of Magna Carta), Wynpera, Umbreed, Artists: Dave Hoover, J.Scott Campbell, Todd Macfarlane, Ed Benes, Aaron Lopresti, Mike Deodato Jr, Boris Vallejo, Fastner and Larson
will be assembled – for easy access for possible further attention; such as: redrawing, making templates from, coloring, editing more; making new versions, creating a sequence, or using costume/background/composition/medium/style elements for new pieces.
Old Process: New ideas in Composition books
When I set about building my new comicbook world; I decided on using a method of picking from the best of brainstorms over a period of time – rather than dedicate time detailing/promoting and dead-ending with the first idea. I used a shorthand drawing style, to quickly generate full comic layouts, and many variations for a plethora of characters.
Much of creating new ideas, comes unexpectedly, and off schedule – so having a repertoire of scripts/stories/ concept art enables more studio time drawing.
I organized The Atelier , Comicbook studio: Stranger Fiction in Bizarre Worlds, Witch’s War Hammers and Septendecim.
I have created a body of lore – by years of brainstorming and revision: ‘catching ‘ raw ideas; sometimes disrupting studio drawing time * – but enabling original content. Part of this process, is the freehand composition books.
*(the ideal drawing state, is with regular sleep and intermittent exercise. )
However, with years of practice, the Comp drawings are often, themselves, worth sharing – as they grow in quality – as freehand pieces.
Being on cheap paper, it encouraged me to try many dynamic variations, and sequences; 40 – 60 pages in a day; that I otherwise might not have; had I spent more time ‘finishing’ pieces.
Many of the original characters, have their origins in Comp sequences; and I have prepared some this week.
New Process: New ideas on 11 x 17 ” Bristol Board
Seeing the hours of time spent editing: the ink bleed through (from drawing on both sides), and undesirable ‘ruled’ paper lines; drawing directly onto 11 x 17 ” Bristol board becomes prudent.
I have some direct to Bristol board pieces in progress – rather than waste studio time, scanning, pieces that might be finished shortly, I can take ‘photos’, and give glimpses, at what is “In the Works” *. Since, to a developing/practicing artist, often, the ‘best works’ , have yet to be finished.
*(Legacy Members will have access to the thumbnails. Subscribers will have access to fullsized photos; with the current month’s password.)
Writing: Story and Scripts
Working with a writer since Feb 2019, has improved my script writing craft, expectations, for my scripts, and thus overall comicbook world. Knowing the details for myself, that are most likely to be retained; I can describe with some context, scenes in illustrations
Thanks to your interest, much of the Apocrypha has been prepared to color; New characters presented; lore, and script designed. The mainstream comicbook concept art/layout process has given me experience, and confidence, I can bring out my new content at a level I had envisioned.