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

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cora WIP

A panel from page 20...still in progress with the color, but I think I've settled into a style for inking the book where I'm most comfortable. It's similar to R&I, maybe a little tighter, and I'm playing around with some texture in the coloring. More to come soon.

Monday, February 18, 2008

CORA look test

I'm still trying to put together a look for the Cora book, and now that I'm seriously behind schedule (due to new computer problems at the studio space), I'm trying out styles that will allow me to move fast but still retain a level of quality in the pages.

Below is a panel that will (most likely) be indicative of the style of the book. I'm trying to keep the drawings loose and spontaneous as well as to have a better balance of black and white than R&I did, while being a bit more refined than R&I in the linework.

This was drawn in photoshop with an elliptical brush that has a rotation on it. It feels more like an ink brush which I like because it makes calligraphic marks and gives me more thicks and thins in the lines.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Back to Boogie

Now that the Angoulême trip and Annies have passed, it's time to hunker down and finish the first CORA book. I'm already behind schedule and unfortunately may have to make some adjustments to get the book done on time. Below are a couple of rough panels from the intro of the book (that bridges the end of Rose and Isabel to the Cora story). The intro will include bits of R&I's escape from Andersonville, as well as events leading up to Rose's disappearance at the end of R&I. These are still in progress and I haven't found the proper intro yet, but I'm getting there.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

French edition Preview

For those who haven't seen the Akileos edition yet, there is a 12 page preview at BDGest.

And a few more images from Angoulême:

Many many talented artists and writers at the Akileos booth.

Bill and Dean signing away...

Main thoroughfare through the festival

Monday, February 04, 2008

Angoulême 2008

Time for a quick report...

The best parts of my France trip were not necessarily seeing the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or the Musée D'Orsay for the first time, or the fine meals I ate while in the various cities, but rather the terrific people I met along the way. Here are just a few of the fine folks I met on my trip to France.

Richard and Emmanuel (L to R), editors of Akileos. I had my first meeting with them in San Diego last year and between now and then they really stepped up to make the French edition of Rose and Isabel a terrific looking book. They have been great to work with and the book is a wonderful result of their collaboration. Huge thanks to them for making this whole experience happen!(pictured here at Album in St. Germán.)

Dean and Barbara Yeagle (seated across from each other at far table position) and Jean-Jaques and Diane Launier (seated across from each other at middle table position). This was taken at dinner after an opening of Dean's art at Gallery Arludik in Paris. They are a very friendly couple and were a pleasure to hang out with during my stay. Jean-Jaques and Diane are the owners of Gallery Arludik and have been putting on shows by tremendous artists over the years. Their passion for animation as art was very inspiring and they were very gracious in showing us a fun time while we were in Paris.

I met Christopher and Brigitte while in Tours; Christopher is a well established comic artist that lives and works in Tours. He was incredibly gracious in lending his day to translate for Bill and I, as well as taking pictures of us signing and showing us around. Brigitte is from Bédélire books, an amazing shop where we did our signing; Brigitte made sure that we were well taken care of and enjoyed our time in Tours.

Here I am at the Hotel Mercure in Angoulême with (L to R) Christopher, Ben Cornish and Nick Parry-Jones, who work for Diamond UK and Legends, two fine Brits who I had the pleasure of drinking some beers with. Very funny fellows both.

Nicolas Seigneret (Bannister) and his girlfriend Flora. Bannister and Flora are an artist/writer team who have stories in the Flight compilations as well as books published by Dupuis. I had chatted with Bann via email and the web over the years and we finally got to meet in person at Angoulême.

Here we are with Jean Giraud! at The Hotel Mercure. The Mercure was the spot to hang out and socialize with fellow artists and exhibitors after dinner. Jean Giraud was very kind to accept copies of our books.

Many thanks also go out to the people who facilitated our signings and those that came by to check out Rose and Isabel at the stores and the festival. I've said it before about the San Diego Con and will say it about Angoulême as well -- it's meeting people that's the most fun for me. Thank you all for coming by!