Fictional character once removed.


This is a poster I made. It's a fictional character to the character. This was harder than I give it credit for.

One thing I hadn't thought until I pretty much sat down to draw it, was that I couldn't draw a cartoon in the comic the same way I drew the "real" characters. I wanted bigger, (even more) clumsier lines. I drew this and inked it the same way I do everything else. Then I took a brush and tracing paper and made a worse drawing of it. It's still a little more realistic than I'd draw if I drew it again, but I think it'll work. 


This poster's going to be on the wall a lot, so I'm just going to print it on the page, then just trace it when I ink the page. It's pretty common for people that have to draw a 2d drawing in 3d space to just leave the space blank and warp the image there later with photoshop. I think it's just an eye sore on the page, so I'm tracing it on all the pages. Also, hopefully, that will make it look "faker" against everything else that's supposed to be real. 

I also dumbed down the symbol for the character. Originally, I'd looked at "real" magic stuff and mishmashed it all.

Looks alright I guess. But that was gonna be a pain to draw on a t-shirt who knows how many times. Also, "real" magic stuff looks kinda boring, I think. Almost every culture's magic symbols look like celtic runes or just very bland shapes. Real looking magic stuff looks kinda fake. I thought all the sigils, the name symbols and that stuff were way more interesting to look at. After looking at a crap load of sigils and name symbols, I kept making them up until I got one I like.
I think it's way more interesting to look at, and, I think it looks more real magicy. And, it's way easier to draw. It's weird, because this is something that's gone through such a process that I don't recognize it and it doesn't even look like I made it, it looks like i scanned it from an old book or something. Which was the point, I guess, so it's a success. To me, at least.


Off model


I drew the original of this a long time ago. Probably 7 or 8 months ago? The other day I was shuffling through things when I found the original pencil drawing. When I drew it, I printed the pencils and inked those, so what I found was just the drawing.

When I found it, I noticed it was very off model. So, I redrew it and finished it again. It's not perfect, but it's way more on model this time.

I've got one more official pre-production drawing to do before I really start on this. It's not even really pre-production, it's going to be directly used in the comic. I'll use it on maybe 10 to 20 pages. But, after that, I really start on this for real. I've got half or more than half of the pages laid out, so, I think I'll intermittently switch between thumbnailing and drawing pages.

I might update more often now, but still, probably not very regularly. We'll see.

A few quick doodles from some tone tests.





These were tiny doodles- just a couple inches. Not meant to be awe-inspiring, just something to try a few things on. One problem that I knew I was going to have, was that hair was going to be over the character's face pretty much the whole time. Covering your main character's face isn't generally a good thing, but I like long hair because it's fun to draw. Like, usually, I can use it as a cape, with wind, or weight, or whatnot.

Plus, there's no one here giving me orders or telling me I can't.



I try to do as much as I can in real life because I still hate doing this stuff on computer. I started using sharpies and tracing paper instead for the tones so that I could just copy and paste shapes, but I think it'll take a little getting used to.

I'm getting to the point where, if this process were a movie, Eye of the Tiger would've just started to fade in. The other day I bought the font I'm going to use. Before then, I was just going to use whatever was the best that I could find for free. I decided against it after really seeing how limited they were. And I figured I'd spend a little now and be much happier with double E's or O's, even if I were the only one to notice.

Can't think of anything else to type right now, so that's it.