The pencil can now be put to rest. Let the inking begin!
Little lines... little lines... I wonder what's for lunch... little lines... little lines... Did I remember to turn off the coffee maker... little lines... little lines... What did that guy mean in that movie when he said that thing... little lines... little lines...
Beginning with the distant objects in the composition, I step by step bring the foreground objects and figures into the mix so I can control how much everything fades into the mist.
It's a slow process. I leave my chair for the day but I'm in a groove. I don't answer the phone, emails or remember to bring in firewood. Like the mist, it consumes me....
I took another run at this comission for Charles Costas. He had suggested, "maybe some zombies."
Well... I'm not one to pass up a chance to rip off some Bernie Wrightson zombies.
I think I like the zombies... and it's just fun to say, "zombiezombiezombiezombiezombiezombiezombiezombie".
This is still very much a rough draft. I plan on doing most, if not all, of the grey tones with crosshatching.
Maybe a bit of a grey wash, I dunno... that's still a long way off.
I had the hand coloured cover for The Wish scanned in and am not happy with the results.
On the left, is a photo I took of the cover. It's not great, but it's pretty close to the original.
On the right is the scan I got from the printer. It's really not great and looks nothing like the original as far as the colours go.
I don't know what made me think that a professional printing place would be able to scan in art and have it look like the original.
Anyway... just for fun here's what forty 12 x 18 pages, ready for colouring, look like laid out together.
Here are a bunch of things that I've been colouring lately:
This makes for a full palette of colours that need to be cleaned away. For some reason, I took a photo of it soaking in the sink.
I cropped out one of the areas of colour and played with it on the computer...
I thought that this looked like something you'd see through a microscope or maybe a distant planet.
So I took one of the other areas of colour, manipulated that, added an image I copied from Google and presto!
These are the things that amuse me. Okay... back to work.
Can you find the Cerebus background artist in this picture?
I’ll do weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and Bar Mitzvahs. Hey… a gig’s a gig.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.