submitted to publisher

I submitted my comic to the publisher for review. Fingers crossed it gets accepted. I started working on this in September 2020 and I feel very relieved and excited at the same time to have finished it.

horror compilation cover

Hello everyone. I have finished my cover art for my horror compilation graphic novel. I waited until the end to do the cover but honestly I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to. I had a lot of great ideas. The cover is for a 20 page book with two stories that will be going on sale with Amazon as soon as it’s complete. I am finishing the colors and edits at this time.

Please enjoy and let me know what you think. I have also included a time lapse video sample of my drawing process.

The cover for my new book.

finding your style

Finding Your Style

Finding your style takes time and experimentation along with the ability to let yourself know that you don’t have to be perfect. Being too critical about every line that you put down on paper or an electronic tablet in this day and age will force you into frustration. I watched an old Bob Ross video and I remember him saying to embrace the happy accidents and let them help add to your painting. I think the same can be said about drawing as well. This week’s post is of my current horror comic, a time lapse of my work, and some of my discovered insights.

WIP

My latest time lapse video

My WIP is from my second story which is part of my horror anthology that I’m working on. The tool I used to create this is actually in Clip Studio Paint. I clearly haven’t been paying attention to some of their recent developments but I’m happy to say it sure works well. This is relatively short BUT I don’t want to give away too much before my book is complete. I’m expecting to release it on Amazon over the next couple of months. If you notice I’m not posting as much, wellllll, it’s probably because I’m going full force into finishing this project.

One of the things I struggle with my line art is perfection. Why does it have to be perfect? I don’t think it does at all. It just has to be be able to tell the story well. Not every line may work the way it’s supposed to. Input I received from other people is that they like the roughness of the scenes and that it gives the story an edgy look. I’ll take it as a compliment and as a realization that art appreciation is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone will like everything but everybody likes something. So when you feel like you are not good enough. Shake the feeling off and keep drawing. Improvement along with style development comes with time.

If you like this excerpt, I have provided the first story for free and it’s right here. You know I’m always looking for likes and comments. Please leave yours. I’ll be sure to comment back. Have a great evening!

monster mountain concept art

Monster Mountain

Monster Mountain is the idea explosion for this post. This week I spent some time working with Photoshop gradients, lighting techniques, and textures. I also used a portfolio template that I purchased from Trent Kaniuga. You can get this detail and more from my last post. So…why a mountain monster?!! Well, why not!

The finished piece placed into a portfolio template.

Design Progression

This was sketched and completed entirely inside Photoshop. I used a nice hard brush to build the initial design and then use and air brush tool to fill in shadows. I used shortcut keys and moved through the initial design pretty fast. I didn’t allow myself to be overly critical. I typically lose most of my time doing that. Once I was happy with the overall design and the values I dropped in, I created additional layers for the color gradients. I would have normally flatted the entire piece first but I just jumped into the color gradients. I found the overall color of the creature that I wanted to use first and that became my base. I used additional gradients for the background and the hammer. The finger nails I separated into a gradient as well. I wanted to have a nice “pop”. Lastly, I used a final two final layers. Once was for fine details and the other was for lighting. I couldn’t decide between using a multiply layer or a vivid color mode. Both seemed interesting. I had my kids look at the piece and I changed the blending modes with them watching. They really liked the multiply so that’s how I chose it.

You can move the slider to see the different between vivid color and linear burn.

Portfolio

After the design was completed I made selections and placed them throughout the portfolio template. I added the additional text boxes to describe the parts that I wanted to draw attention to. The whole piece took about 3.5 hours. This was probably my best time.

I hope you enjoy this. Please hit me up with any questions that you have. Have a good one!

In Need of Help is also on YouTube

I’ve made a video on YouTube of my short comic story. You can watch it here. Please enjoy!

In Need of Help

In time for the new year I’ve written and illustrated a short story called “In Need of Help“. This was created using Clip Studio Paint and is a ghost story for those horror enthusiasts out there. Inspired by shows like the Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, this is my first swing at developing a plot twist that makes you think, “I didn’t see that coming”. I love the old gothic ghost stories about love, loss, and forgotten secrets and I tried to put a little of that into this too. In a previous post, I had shared the sample of the first half. Herein is the completed first story.

The Process

I wrote out the script for this story and made some digital thumbnails. I then penciled each frame based on my thumbnails while adding subtle tweaks where needed. My inks are a separate layer that sit on top of the pencils. This makes it easy and quick to drop in the blacks where I want them. Lastly, I lettered each page and colored the pages using a very low opacity color fill. This made for some very neat gray scale variations.

Final Pages

The final pages are here and are provided absolutely free! I’d love to hear your feedback and what you think of the art. If you like this and want to see more, please follow my facebook page and my WordPress site by clicking the appropriate buttons.

Sooooo grab some popcorn and a bubbly beverage and enjoy the short story…….”In Need of Help”.