A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics
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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Monkeyfeather's Rose

Here's an awesome rendition of Rose by Monkeyfeather. Thanks man!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Another Progression

Here's another panel progression from the new book. I've included this time the layer with the black tones, so you can see the lassoed shapes by themselves.

I always find it difficult going from roughs to cleanup; most times there are things in the rough that I just can't duplicate in the cleanup. The drawings also tend to stiffen up. This panel I went a little cleaner than usual; I would prefer to keep things on the rougher side; it better represents what I'm after in a drawing.

(All images are digital. No paper.)

layout
rough
black
cleanup
final

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Trees n things

At the moment I'm 52 pages into Part 2 of Rose and Isabel, and getting into a nice stride. I'm making small discoveries on a daily basis that help me simplify and improve the book. Photoshop's lasso tool has become my new best friend. Late in the process on Part one, I started using it to "cut out" the highlight shapes in Rose's hair, and currently I'm using it to "draw" large sections of the book, mostly where there's trees and foliage, clouds, or patterned areas. I've been drawing selections with the lasso, which can make sharp points and angles that I couldn't hope to draw with the brush. These shapes are usually filled with solid black and detailled slightly with the brush. Rose's hair is now being done solely with the lasso and paint bucket. I'm excited because it saves time, looks cleaner than the brush and I can get better shapes with it.

Here's an example from one of the latest pages.


UPDATE: (Thursday 01/19)

Here's the evolution of the page...layout (pencil on paper), rough (Cintiq) and cleanup with balloon placement (cintiq).
I don't really spend a ton of time on the layouts, they're more for just getting the general idea on the page and for character placement. The rough below is actually composed of two panels that used to be on different pages that I cut apart and recomposed in Photshop.(I was condensing three pages down to two).

Friday, January 06, 2006

A Page in the making Part 2

This is a continuation of this post where I was cosndensing two pages down to one to make the story move along quicker. I thought I might as well show the next step in the process. Below I've done a second rough and addded a preliminary tone pass. There are still things that need fixing, but this gives me a good idea at what the final page will look like.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Back in the Saddle

Hey all, I hope everyone had a good holiday and happy New Year. It's 06, and that means Rose and Isabel part 2 comes out THIS YEAR! A terrifying notion considering how slow my progress on the book has been. Well, it's time to hit the ground running, and start knocking out pages cause this thing has to go to print in 4 1/2 months!

I don't want to post anything without an image so here's a panel sans dialogue (the greys are looking a little flatter on my monitor then they are on the Cintiq)...