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.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
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
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.
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.