This is no kinda job for a grown man....
posted by Staz Johnson at 4:38 AM
Hey Staz.I like the dry brush effect you've been trying. The earlier test looks a little like Gino D'Antonio from back in the day. I kinda like the old printed effect (as a single image) but I think pages and pages of it would be too much, unless you increased the dot percentage (more per inch). The colour above just looks like it's floating on the paper. A bit too slick maybe? I was looking at Hermann's Towers of Bois-Maury a while back and the colouring in that is beautiful, albeit old-school ink/paint on paper.
I know what you mean about the vintage effect, it's a tricky balancing act to affirm the effect I'm after, but not to make the artwork ugly & unreadable.I'd never heard of that book you mentioned, but I had a quick Google (oo-er missus) & I agree, it looks lovely. I could be wrong, but it looks like it's coloured traditionally rather than digitally, but it's so hard to tell the difference these days. Either way, this project of mine is on complete hiatus for the time being, & looks like it won't be happening for a very long time (if at all). Thanks for commenting.
I just realised that you already said it was paint... sheesh, I really should pay more attention.
You could try publishing online in short chapters for a while and then maybe try for a Kickstarter to get funding to finish it off and get it printed? Or do a dry-run and do it as a newspaper style strip on here? That way you could fit it into your schedule? 3-4 panels a week?
Well it's not that I couldn't get anyone interested in it.I only approached one major publisher with the concept, & they wanted to go with it, I simply don't have the time right now, & I'm not really sure when I would.If/when I do it, I definitely want it to be a print thing, not digital (although I suppose in this day and age a digital version would be inevitable).All that said, although I wouldn't want to dilute the impact of the thing by releasing parts of it online prior to a print version, I did (coincidentally) consider the newspaper strip idea as a pre-release marketing tool, mostly because a friend of mine (Jimmy Broxton) is currently doing a newspaper strip thing, & the work he is doing made me excited about that particular medium.
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