Thursday, March 27, 2008

Rain scene!

The first in a series of drawings that I may be using for something, though what exactly it's going to me I'm not sure), featuring smokers of the Marvel Universe. I'm going to color it with watercolor, but figured that I'd scan it in first. It's big - much bigger than I usually draw (the board size is letter), drawn with a big old brush, probably a size ten or twelve.

J. Jonah Jameson!

Other Marvel Smokers I've identified (much thanks to those who helped me compile this list) are (pipes) Mr. Fantastic, Bruce Banner, (cigarettes) Bullseye, Gambit, Black Widow, Mentallo, Dollar Bill, Banshee, Red Skull, Ben Urich, (cigars) Wolverine, the Thing, Grey Hulk, Nick Fury, Howard the Duck, Kingpin, Puck... and General Thunderbolt Ross smokes something, but I'm not sure if it's a cigar or a cigarette.

Well, I finished the storm scene! It's fourteen pages long, and was harder to draw than anything else. I have subsequently discovered that the tons of rain that I did with small pens and white ink are not reproducing at ALL. If I tweak the scan levels to show the white, the black rain disappears, and vice versa. It's the first time EVER that I'm doing anything but extremely clean line for comics, and it's biting me on the butt. I'm going to tweak the levels to try and make the regular line art as good as possible, and go in on the Cintiqs at school and REDO whatever rain effects are lost. Grrr!

An untweaked panel:

Here's a tweaked-as-well-as-I-can panel.

A page. To set it up, the topsail is still open and is pulling the ship over on its side.

Captain Cane:

I have 36 more pirate story pages before the book is done, and I have 35 days to do them. I was freaked out, but I sat down and figured out what has to be on each page (something I usually don't do, having an open-ended page count, more or less) and now I have a great starting point from which to delve in.


Shawn Crystal said...

So, Wait..PLanning something out helps??????? WHODATHUNK! Your teacher should have taught that!
Kidding. Looks great Chris, what an accomplishment this will be, not to mention a great OGN.

Alec Longstreth said...

You can do it Chris! The pages are looking great, so keep up the good work. We're all rooting for you!

Anonymous said...

You got it man! I'm rootin' for you all the way through! The stuff here on your blog looks awesome.