Sunday, April 19, 2015

Issue #2 Pencils

As of this morning, I have finished penciling Issue #2 of Tales of the Warrior Igor.

 "WHAT?!" you say.  "You have Issue #2 done ALREADY?!"
To which I reply:
(maniacal laugher)
"Dear gods, not even close!"

The reality of the situation is that I had the story mapped out when I was finishing up Issue #1, so I was fairly ready (esp. by my standards) to launch right into the next issue.  Also, this is a bit of a shorter story, so it didn't take as long.  Finally, there are exactly ZERO SKELETONS to be drawn into this comic, so that means I was able to cut down a lot of drawing time right there.  Because, hey, a trillion bones on every page means more lines to be drawn than anywhere on the planet.

I did take a bit of a different approach to this comic than I usually do.  Normally, I pencil a couple pages, then ink them, then move on.  I like to have at least one page of pencils and one page to ink going at the same time and I go back and forth on them.  This one, I penciled mostly straight through and got the entire story on the boards in one shot.  I did ink an occasional page and stray panel here and there, mostly for the sake of mixing things up, keeping my brush skills (such as they are) sharp, and ink testing things that are new for me to draw.

I think this approach to drawing a story has been good so far.  I feel like there is a lot of consistency to the look of the story and characters, the story as a whole is able to be reviewed before making it forever by putting it in ink, and the momentum of figuring out the nuts and bolts of the storytelling carried through and made penciling a pretty good experience for this comic.

 I'm really happy with how it's going so far.  I like the story I'm telling, I like how it's shaping up and I like that I've managed to make good progress on it so far.  I'll be keeping you up to date on it as I go through inking and lettering, right up to when it's released on the public.
If you happened to miss the noise I made about Issue #1, don't worry, it's still available for whatever you wanna pay.  Go ahead and download it HERE.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2015

She-Warrior of the Centaurs

I'm jumping back into the Illustration Friday pool this week for the first time in a long time with this character study of a Centaur Warrior (Centaurrior?).  I've not done an IF challenge in quite awhile, but decided to do it this week after recommending it as a weekly creative exercise for the students in my cartooning class last week.  It occurred to me that it would benefit me quite a bit to jump back into doing it, so I'm going to try to do just that.

I told them that this week's prompt of "Warrior" would be a fun one, and that I'd do it if they would, so tonight I'll go in and we'll share what we did.

As for mine, there's not much to it.  This is the result of me taking an idea I've had in my mind for quite awhile to paper.  I thought briefly about drawing the Warrior Igor again, but I wanted to go a bit outside of that for this one, so she seemed a cool place to go.

I hope you guys dig this as much as I enjoyed drawing it.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tales of the Warrior Igor Issue 1 is Available NOW!

It's here!  It's finally here!  After struggling with stories for far too long, I finally put one in comic form and have made it available for you, the public consciousness, to read!

It's the first issue of "Tales of the Warrior Igor" and it is available as a PDF download for whatever you want to pay.  Just CLICK HERE, go through the steps, and you'll get a high-res, DRM-free download of it.  It's 24 pages of story in black and white with a color cover and is written and drawn by me.

If he doesn't look familiar to you, you've probably not been following me for the past year.  The main characters are the Warrior Igor and his one-eyed owl Gunther, and they've been regulars on my drawing table for the past year or so.  If you don't know him, don't worry, each story I do with him is self-contained and you can catch up quick.  If you'd like some background, you can get some HERE(print), HERE(digital), or HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE(random past drawings of him)

As I said before, it is available for whatever you'd like to pay.  I'll accept anything from $0 to a truckload of pirate gold in doubloon form(no bars please... that's just impractical).  Please check it out and feel free to leave me feedback and tell me what you thought!