smug smugglers WIP

smuggler figures

smuggler silhouettes

I really want to push my portfolio to include more sci-fi and feel more varied (also why I’ve been lately trying to do some more cartooning) so started sketching some faces, silhouettes and clothing ideas one day. I picked out these two guys to take forward and had to sit on this a bit longer than usual to figure out what’s next.  They aren’t finished but got a little stuck here for a while.

Things feel like they’re flowing again so they should now be finished soon and I think I’m going to add a frame around the guys to work on a little materials indication of leather/metal/whatnot and to have a decorative element to the piece without adding much to the background. :D

16th-century sci-fi

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Here are the last sketches I posted all colored in. :)

So…little backstory…the White Queen-sort of figure is a bit of an antagonist (but certainly not the main bad guy in the story) and has a smoldering past with the dude with the glowing blue laser filigreed gun thingy slung over his back…a smoldering past that burnt the shit out of them both.  But now it’s been at least a decade since the ANGST. So it’s just nice and awkward.  Also, she IS a queen.

The other dude gets along with everyone, so really, he’s pretty set.

Tudors garden scene

Ctrowbridge wk3 final lines

Ctrowbridge wk4 flats_shadows

Here’s more of what I’ve been working on in Tim McBurnie’s class Drawing for Comics. Still finishing up the color a bit…

This is a concept from my Tudors graphic novel idea, The Field. Anne has just spied her family at the English camp chatting happily and is about to join them after not having seen them in many years (well, except Mary…it’s only been about a year there). Mary is with her new husband, William, George Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth. Anne hasn’t developed her cynical smirk quite yet.

All Photoshop, including drawing.

snow white and rose red

“Snow White and Rose Red, will you strike your lover dead?”

I swear when I was a kid I read a version where Rose Red did more in the end besides just marry the bear-Prince’s brother. I thought my sister and I read a version where she saved a prince from death, herself…but I probably made that up, huh? :)

All Photoshop.

Credit to this image for assistance in the lying down pose: http://www.evanferrell.com/drawing/index.php?type=life-drawing (thanks!!!)

Anne concept

I’ve long had an Anne Boleyn graphic novel stuck in my head for a while.  I keep debating if I want to attempt to be serious (in which case, who will buy it according to publishers), or sell out and make it really sexy…which would also be way fun to draw.

Anyway, Anne concept…ballpoint pen in my sketchpad.

 

children’s books: to stylize or not stylize.

Sometimes I have a problem with being a little too literal. I did a sample for a publisher recently that took me more time than I would have liked and in the end had an illustration that was bright and engaging, but perhaps not exactly for children. The character in it was a girl who in fact wasn’t a character at all. Instead, she was a real girl that perhaps kids could identify with but not necessarily get into reading about and aspire to be. Design fail.

Likewise, clients often want something they constantly refer to as “cartooney” which I take to mean they want something stylized and less realistic. My personal work can’t really be referred to as cartooney, but I love other illustrator’s more stylized approaches and have recently vowed to take notice as I think my work for clients would greatly benefit from it! A few months ago I did this rough for a client. The colors are basically thrown in since it is just a rough and all wrong and the perspective is totally messed up, but I really like the base drawing and approach. I have a brand new client and the word “cartooney” is being thrown around and I feel inspired!
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