Project Unveiling

Folks, I have stuff up my sleeve. Comics stuff.

For the past year, I’ve been deep in development on a comic book project tentatively titled LADY CHAOS. I’ve hammered out a 200 page script (which will hopefully translate to a 200 page graphic novel), and the space beneath my bed is rapidly filling with (mostly) awful sketches. Seriously. I don’t know why I keep them.

But now that the script has reached a higher level of polish, I felt ready to unveil a very small sampling of the artwork I’ve been hording. But first, a brief pitch.

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Pitch:

Seventeen-year-old Alani’s home island is doomed. Unless her people can appease their vengeful goddess, an erupting volcano will obliterate the village. But the goddess won’t be pacified without a sacrifice, and She’s demanding a severe contribution from Alani. The villagers will do anything to ensure the goddess gets what She’s asked for.

Alani thinks she’s ready for heroism, but on the eve of her penance, she panics. She flees the ceremony, plunges into the rainforest, and collides smack into Kana, God of Chaos. And, unlike the torch-bearing mob, he’s delighted by the state of things.

He’s impressed with Alani’s gift for mayhem and offers her a deal: asylum from her sadistic village in exchange for thirteen years of servitude.

If Alani accepts Kana’s offer, she’ll be ostracized by her people for the rest of her life. But if she refuses, they might just force her to sacrifice the one thing she wasn’t willing to give up for them in the first place.

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Here’s a sketch of Alani in all her awkward, gangly-ness. I’ve since simplified her costume a bit, but the pose is so perfectly… Alani.

Alani

Here’s a a turnaround for my own use. It’s not perfect, but it does the job. I eliminated the fringe from Alani’s shirt to save myself from hand cramps, but doggonit, I miss that fringe. It might make a comeback. Alani Turnaround

And here’s Kana. I have a thing for feathers, apparently.

Kana Turnaround

I’ve done a ton of experimenting over the past several weeks to try and work the kinks out of my process. I started with a few single panels, and then finally did an entire page as practice.

Test Panel

Test Comic

By far, the biggest time-suck in my process is in the jump from traditional to digital media. I draw everything by hand and only scan when I’m ready to color. Unfortunately, as much as I love drawing on paper, cleaning up a scan takes hours. I’m still exploring options to overcome that particular hurdle, but I might have to move the whole operation to digital if this is going to work.

More artwork to come! Stay tuned!

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5 comments

    • Oh, I’ll take all the advice I can get! First of all, I’m pretty sure the root of my problem is in my choice of drawing medium. I draw everything with ballpoint pen, which looks really cool on paper, but the scanner makes a grainy mess of it. So, once I get the drawing into Photoshop, I spend forever messing around with the levels to blow out the paper texture without loosing the finer pen lines. I also reduce the noise level to smooth the graininess, and then usually have to go through the whole thing and erase stray gray marks. Then I have to separate the lineart from the background which is another hassle in and of itself. So if you have a shortcut, I’ll GLADLY hear it! 🙂

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      • I’m so sorry that it took me so long to reply! Busy times .. I sometimes scan in ballpoint pen images, too. Maybe you can change your scanner settings? If you use the “professional mode” and don’t go with the default settings that might ease it for you.
        We’ll I always go for seperating the lineart first. Just double click on the layer – a new window will pop up. I don’t know how it is called in the English version so I’ll just have to describe it to you. That window should be divided in 3 squares (kind of). The bottom one should have two squares showing the different tones between black and white. Make sure “grey” is selected. Click the triangle at the white side while HOLDING the alt-key. You should be able to seperate the two triangels. Drag the left one into the darker areas and see what happens, just play with it for a while until you’re happy with the result. Make a new layer underneath (transparent) and merge it with the layer above. The lineart should be on the layer withouth the white background. You can still erase stray marks or change the contrast. I hope that I was able to give you a good shortcut (: Have a great weekend!

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