Friday, October 15, 2010
I couldn't find any one picture I was really happy with, so I based the painting on two pictures.
I had a lot of fun painting him in my own style while trying to stay true to the images. One problem I did have was the greys I was working with tended to sometimes mix into a light blue. This problem was easily remedied by just importing the painting in to Photoshop and bringing the saturation to 0.
Speaking of Photoshop, I did cheat a little at times, importing the painting into Photoshop and adjusting things I couldn't seem to correct in ArtRage. For example his nose was really a pain to get right. I took the painting into PS and messed with it using the "smudge" tool. Then I took it back into ArtRage and touched it up. If things didn't look right, I just switched back and forth from Photoshop to ArtRage until I liked the way it looked.
However this might have caused some problems because after a while, ArtRage claimed that the file was "corrupted or didn't exist." Luckily all I had to do was "save as" one of the Photoshop files, and then ArtRage was able to recognize it. WHEW! Freaked out a couple of times when that happened.
And for the 2nd painting...
Julie Newmar as Catwoman: I ran across a few vintage pics of Julie Newmar as Catwoman and I had to paint one.
I love the picture I decided to use but I wanted to make a little bit more vintage looking, so I added a red tone in Photoshop and ended up with the pic below.
Then I just picked up the colors with the "eyedropper" tool and started in ArtRage.
This painting was a lot harder than the first. Julie Newmar has very sharp, distinct features and when I couldn't get them even close, she ended up looking very very strange.
Her forehead was another problem I had. Each time I painted and tried to fix it, her forehead always seemed way too large. So I just took into Photoshop and re-sized it.
Her hair is something else that came out way too large. I had intentionally exaggerated it to capture the hairstyle as a focal point. But I had made it way too big. So I, again, imported it into Photoshop, selected it with the "lasso" tool, copied and pasted, and shrunk it down a bit.
I did try to create the sparkles on her suit by actually creating tiny dots...yeah, that didn't work. I just went over them with the "Palette knife" tool in ArtRage" and smoothed them out.
The one thing I would change in my process is doing the backgrounds on separate layers. The texture transferred over to the main images and kind of hid the cool paint textures I made on those.
It was a lot of fun doing these paintings and I even used them as a warm up before starting the day on other projects. I'm really looking forward to doing more, so be on the look out for some updates.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I've also been working on some new images for the new NPW website my wonderful wife Nicole is putting together. Speaking of my Wonder wife, she too is working on a project of here own. Check it out on her blog: The Minted Mouse.
So here are the Pencils and Inks for Issue 2 Page 32. Lately I've been trying to be a little more creative with the panels of my pages. After reading a blog about advanced panel layouts, I thought I'd give it a try. I don't think I'm there yet but I do like that my thought process for paneling has incorporated some of the concepts I'd read.
I also recently noticed that I've started to be able to draw my characters more expressively. Not that I'm saying 'My drawing ability is amazing, PRAISE ME, PRAISE ME!' I'm just saying that it's nice to be able to look back on my older pages and see that there's a big change. I hope I can keep growing as an artist and cartoonist/storyteller.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Page 25 of Issue 2!!! WOW! I never thought I'd be saying that. Finally on the last pages of NPW Issue 2. The big showdown between Nightmare Pro Wrestling Champion, Grim and Mr. Hyde. At this point, I'm still at Grim's intro. I wanted it to be so epic so you know how important he is in this world and to the NPW fans.
I pictured Grim with a bit of a Triple H kinda entrance, as this intimidating force with a cool ring entrance. I've actually had this page in my head for a while -- fire breath and all. It's nice to finally see it on paper/computer.
I'm really happy with the way the inks came out on this page. I was a little worried about how the pyro on the last panel was gonna come out but I think it looks good. I think all of that will look a lot better once its colored though.
I changed the fire coming out of Grim's mouth so it looked more like a controlled burst. The original sketch in pencils was a lot smaller and less intense. I want there to be the idea that if Grim wants to breath fire on you he can control its severity.
I also took off a lot of the motion lines from his arms. I think it was too much. It almost made the original drawing look like he was going to clap his fists together (or in Nicole's opinion, made him look hairy) which I didn't want. I'm also not sure if I need the "BOOM" sound effect. I think the images creates the sound all in itself, but I'll test it out and see how it looks.
Alright, hope the pencils and inks got you excited to see the colored page. Check it out on Monday at NightmareProWrestling.com
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Here are the pencils and inks for Page 22 of Nightmare Pro Wrestling. With this page I wanted to get across that Grim doesn't play well with others. He's a more action, less talk sorta monster. I also wanted to show that Grave thinks Grim is a cool guy and tries to be his friend. And I wanted too include what Grave's dad is like...all in one page!?
Yeah I wasn't really sure how I was gonna work it out but Nicole and I sat down and talked the whole page through. I think we accomplished making the points we wanted without slowing the pace or making things feel too rushed. Let me know if it works.
Alright, well you can check out the finished page on the site NightmareProWrestling.com.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
So here are a few sketches for a new project I have stewing on the back burner. It's a Vampire comic and no, there will not be any teen angst or sparkling -- I want to bring Vampires back to their Monster origins. You know, Vampires that carry the plaque of death with them, control nocturnal creatures, change into bats, look like monsters...that sorta thing. I don't have the story ironed out all the way yet but I'm hoping to soon.
These sketches are just ideas right now and the designs will probably change as I work more on the various monsters and characters in the story. I'll be sure post updates on the story, inspiration, and any new concept sketches I do. Take these as an appetizer of things to come.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
So I'm finally getting back to blogging and I'm going to try even harder to do more posts and more often. Here are the pencils and inks for page 19 of Nightmare Pro Wrestling.
I discovered his Artrage tutorials and Adobe Illustrator inking tutorials about a year ago. They helped me to evolve the inking style and look of Nightmare Pro Wrestling. I don't want to sound like too much of a fanboy but I have to thank him for that. He's a got a really great site with a lot of information and inspiration on there, plus he's a cool guy and is happy to share his knowledge of cartooning. Lately his storyboard tutorials have been inspiring me and I try to work those concepts into my comic pages.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wow...I really haven't posted on the blog in a long time. Nicole and I were talking about it this morning and we had the idea of not just posting Inks and Pencils of pages but some of the things that get me inspired to work on the comic so hopefully I'll be posting more often.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Here are the sketches and Inks of Page 6. I finished this page pretty quick and even messed with some line styles in the inking phase. I'm hoping I can finish the pages faster now that I have a sense of how long things will take with each page.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here's Page 4 of Nightmare Pro Wrestling Issue 2. The page came together really quickly during thumb nailing the whole fight. Pretty fun action here on this page. My favorite has to be panel 5, with the Jolly Roger elbow dropping Chickgan. I hope the whole fight sequence in the next few pages comes out as well as I think it will. Alright, well check back on Friday, I should have the inks and rough sketches up for page 5.
Friday, February 26, 2010
I'm finally done with Issue 1 of Nightmare Pro Wrestling! The first issue has been a great learning experience for me. When I read through all of the pages I saw a lot of ways that I had grown as an artist and I'm proud to have something tangible to show for all my effort.
I have to give a quick thank you to the guys over at Art and Story, Chris Oatley, and the guys at Big Illustration Party Time. Without their influence and inspiration I would have never taken that big step to just go for it and do the comic.
And I also want to say thank you to everyone who reads Nightmare Pro Wrestling. The comic was just an idea in my head for such a long time that it's really great to know that there are people out there reading and enjoying it.
Maybe it doesn't seem like much but finishing this issue is a really big deal for me. To anyone out there who has something that they want to do but are afraid to take that next step, just jump in. It feels great.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
So this is my second and I feel better try at Page 1 of Issue 2. Unfortunately, I was unhappy with my first design of the this page and was in such a hurry to correct it, I forgot to save the original design and the roughs of both. Won't happen again.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Page 32 sketches and Inks. I've been finding that sketching out the page on the computer also has the benefit of me feeling more free with my sketches. This allows me to be looser and I think my final inks benefit from that. I don't know that it would work for everyone but it's really working well for me.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Page 30!! Oh wow, it feels nice to say that. Not that I hate doing the comic or anything, it will just be nice to be done with Issue #1 and moving on. I'm excited about the story lines I have planed for the first story arc. Take Issue one as a pilot episode, since I was still developing what I wanted during its creation.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So you might have noticed that the "pencil" page doesn't actually look like I did it with pencils. I ran out of pages in my sketchbook and decided to try sketching out the page straight onto the computer and I had an epiphany. Sketching straight into the computer saves me from having to draw out each panel, scan the pencils into my laptop and fit the page together.
Maybe that doesn't sound like a very long process, but it is for me anyway. This way is a big time saver and I really like the way it looks. I think I've finally perfected the line style I want for the comic.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Here's some more of one of the new characters I'm designing for Nightmare Pro Wrestling webcomic. The Masked Mummy!! I did end up changing a few things from the original design,
1. The left arm in the pencils, as I stated in my last Masked Mummy post, was a bit off. I changed his arm slightly and ended up with something I was really happy with. subtle but noticeable.
2. Added a few more bandages and tore them up a bit.
3. Stretched out the image a bit to make him wider than I originally had him.
The colors are not done yet and I'm just messing with colors to see how they look. I ended up with this color scheme and like it so far. Not completely set on it, still gonna mess with some other color ideas.
Alright, hope you all enjoy the beginning stages of the Masked Mummy.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Here is the beginning sketch of one of several new characters I plan on adding to the roster of my Nightmare Pro Wrestling web comic.
Well here are the Inks for Nightmare Pro Wrestling webcomic pages 24 & 25.