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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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Paint Study (after Whitcomb)

Here's a study based on a Jon Whitcomb girl (done with Photoshop on the Cintiq). This is mostly done with a custom brush and varying opacities of paint. I'm trying to find a method to create color transitions as well as exploring ways to mimic how the paint was laid down in the original.

(Color is a bit off due to jpeg compression and web color)

Painting Rose and Isabel

After busting my hump on 225 pages of linear art for rose and isabel, I'm looking to try something a little different. I've never been much as a painter, so this is the challenge I've made for myself. As those who read the Current Flavor blog know, I really like the work of 40's and 50's illustrators such as Joe DeMers, Joe Bowler, Coby Whitmore, Al Parker, Jon Whitcomb, and others. The eventual goal is to create digital paintings in those styles and hopefully to learn a lot along the way. I'm going to expose my mediocrity as a painter by posting an initial rough composition for a R&I piece. I'll be posting my progress (hopefully it will be progress) during the next couple of months.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Super7 signing pics


The new larger space (although it still fills up quickly with people)


Angus MacLane, Jeff Pidgeon and some cool dolls


Trooper and cookie


Troopers

Monday, September 11, 2006

Full Length Liz

Well, it appears I won't have CORA done for next year's con, so after being very inspired by Kevin Dart and Chris Turnham's work back in July, I'm thinking of generating Rose and Isabel prints based on the story, or perhaps prints of Amazons or something like that.

Here is the full length Liz Caster (I'm not sure what she's doing with her hands yet) that may eventually make its way onto some nice cold press watercolor paper for next year.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Random Bits

I you live in the bay area, don't forget that tonight is the Super7 Grand Re-Opening and E-Ville Press signing!

Also, tomorrow (Sat 9/9) KQED will feature a review of Rose and Isabel in the Lit section of their website. Paula Rogers has written an in depth review of the complete story. Thanks Paula!

UPDATE: The Rose and Isabel KQED review can be found here.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Rose and isabel - Deleted scene #2

Here's another one that didn't make it past the layout stage. This was to take place two days prior to the Andersonville attack. The page was cut because after drawing it I realized I didn't want to give away the details of the attack; originally I was going to have R&I's planned attack go wrong and they would have to improvise. I felt the preparation for the attack would have slowed the pacing down, so I left out the planning stage and just went with a straightforward attack.

(Those who are extra sharp may have noticed that I forgot to change the date of the attack in the book; it should be August 19th, but because of the story change the date was mistakenly left as August 20th).

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Rose and Isabel - Deleted scene

Warning!: spoilers and bad language below...

This was a one page scene that took place during the sisters' early morning attack on Andersonville prison. I'm glad I cut this, but at the time thought it was cool. I cut it because I wanted the reader to be with R&I the whole time, to see events through their eyes and not the other way around. The guy with the wounded arm is Henry Wirz, who oversaw Andersonville prison (he was later hanged for war crimes).

More deleted pages are coming soon...