Wednesday, 31 March 2010
I've finally decided to let the wolves alone and get cracking on developing my Native American characters. I have already introduced you to the Alpha's wolf form, but here he is looking more human. I shall be sort of casting my characters, choosing real actors who I feel best embody the appearance of my character and using photos and screen shots of them for reference. This way I can approach my characters with a more informed vision. Just like how I've drawn wolves and landscapes with research into the real thing, I must also do the same for my characters.
Don't expect perfect portraits of these actors, I shall only be picking out defining features and making them my own character. In fact, comic book artist; Rags Morales uses this idea of casting characters too!
Anyway, the actor I have cast for the Alpha is Willem DaFoe, hopefully it isn't too obvious. I'm also toying with names for him, one possibility is Helushka, which is a Native American Winnebago name, meaning "fighter".
The next item in the works is an inked up head shot to be coloured in Photoshop. Watch this space!
Friday, 26 March 2010
Let me introduce you to the Alpha of the Tribe. The Alpha is not the Chief, he is rather the Chief's General; commander of the warriors. In this image I was going for a rather stormy and bleak feel about the landscape that is reminiscent of Newfoundland.
The Beta trains new generations and takes them out to hunt for food for the entire Tribe.
I will need to work up the concepts I have of the Alpha in human form and do some more finalised, inked up and coloured picturs, but I guess I'm still having too much fun drawing wolves!!
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Continuing from my first post, here is where I'm at now with my graphic novel. The scenario here is that this Native American Indian, in wolf form, is watching the British scouts. I've posted up the sketch, the inked drawing and the final coloured image, just so you can see the image from each stage.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
It's hard to know where to start, I feel like I've found a diary and have to leave the first few months blank and start in the middle!
I guess that's what I'll do then.. I'll start from where I'm at and what I'm working on now, after all anyone who wants to see any earlier work can view it all on my facebook page!
I will however just in this first post give a sort of re-cap of what projects I'm working on at the moment and post up a few images that have lead to where I am now.
So, what is the project in question?
I am working on developing a visual style for a graphic novel. The story is of my own creation; an idea that as been rattling around in my head since 2006! I hope for the final outcome to be able to produce a few pages of the comic, if not the entire thing!
My comic has a slightly complex storyline, so I won't bore you with the details. In a nutshell it is a story about a conflict between a Native American tribe whose warriors have the ability to turn into wolves to enhance their strength and skill in battle, and English settlers who invade their land. It is set in the late 1700's in Newfoundland, during the time of the British colonization of the Americas.
To develop my own visual language I started by reading a story of a similar genre; Frankenstein. From this starting point I discovered Illustrator Bernie Wrightson, my new hero!
I started by taking some of his illustrations into Photoshop and applying colour to them in a fashion I thought suited the genre and could be then applied to my own imagery. Here I've posted up the original black and white line drawings next to the ones I have added colour to, so you can compare the two.
Now I had a method of colouring down I needed to start drawing!
What I'm working on now is putting these wolves into context, figuring out a line language for landscapes and colour palettes that work with the over all effect I'm trying to achieve. Also I'm starting to get into designing the characters of my comic.
And that pretty much brings you up to speed with everything that is to come!