Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wednesday 19th October 2011 - Even rougher, but slightly different layouts.

After drawing up some alternative panels at the behest of my tutor, my 4 pages for The Battle of Hastings have improved greatly in terms of dynamism and composition, but as it's merely a digital collage of sketchbook pages and original sketches, it's all a little rough and ready at the moment...

The next job is to sketch out an elusive fifth page... ...again.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tuesday 11th October 2011 - Rough Layouts

4 pages, still very much roughs, of what I've decided will be the subject of the next 3 or 4 weeks (read: 3 months of working on this instead of actual uni assignments) of work: The Battle of Hastings, decanted down into 4 pages.

Short self analysis:
Page 1: I like, Panels 1 & 2 need flipping round; they're the wrong way around.
Page 2: Mostly good, as with the rest of it, I need to sketch possible alternatives to panels to see if anything better crops up - apparently this is a weakness I need to address.
Page 3: Need some more alternative fight scene things to replace potentially weak panels 3 and 4. Panel 5 works, and panel 2 with the inset works, but the main #2 needs good reference.
Page 4: This whole page needs working over: Final panel I want as William with the crown/helmet thing on, holding his banner. I also quite like the idea of him turning the crown over in his hands. Other than that, i'm assured there are more succint alternatives to what i've done, which I now somehow need to hew out of nothing with little to no influence passing over from my already finished draft.

Harumph, I am confuse.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tuesday 4th October 2011 - Some Inking.

So yeah, back at uni today, I was quite riled to see that one of the tasks was to pass out our own scripts, then pencil someone elses! And, if that wasn't enough, The pencilled pieces were then passed around again and we had to ink- I'm sorry, "finish" something written by someone else, then pencilled by another someone.

Anyway, I was initially perturbed, but quickly warmed to the idea, and, to be honest, the freedom I had with the pencils I was given meant I could really get into inking this, what I can only assume, is some form of sorceror's tower? Wizard's abode? All I can tell, is the penciller, or scripter, I have no idea (was forced to fly blind with no script, and only work from the pencils), is there's a distinct 'Lord-Of-The-Rings-tower-of-Mordor' feel to it... All I could do was push that further! Winding staircases, cracked externals, buttresses, spikes, all set in a blasted land.

Hopefully I can get around to painting this soon, so I can see how it will look coloured... Or, at least... ...painted.

Tuesday 4th October 2011 - Ink-Soup holiday project

Yeah, long time no update, boo, hiss, blah blah blah. I hate September. It is my most loathed month of the year, nay, put 12 years of Septembers together, put me in a chemically induced coma for a year and i'll come to feeling much better than if i'd lived through it normally.


This was the result of me having to do a five page sequential piece in a week and a half due to preparations and what not for Artsfest (which went swimmingly.). 

What I learned from this: Using calligraphy nibs is as close to a religious experience as a Black Metal loving illustration student can possibly hope to achieve.