Thursday, December 11, 2014

Klarion #3 (DC Comics)

I was asked recently to provide a little 'last minute' help on DC Comics new Klarion title. Working directly over blue printouts of (regular artist) Trevor McCarthy's layouts, I did quick pencils, in a similar way as to how I would on my own layouts. Though on this job I was asked to approximate Trevor's style as closely as possible, to provide some consistency in the issue's art. I did the best I could on that point, though mimicing other styles has never been my strong point, so really all I could do was to produce superficially similar material. When time got a bit tight, I dropped the pencilling stage, & drew directly in ink over Trevor's layouts, a risky policy for sure, but needs must at times.

As best as I could tell by looking as Trevor's own finished pages, he produces a lot (if not all) the final art digitally, including a few rather funky panel borders. Working on a fifteen year old computer, with all the performance shortcomings you might expect that would bring, producing similar borders was beyond my capabilities, so I handed that task over to the series colorist. As such, all I'm showing here are  selected bits of the 'analogue' work I did. If you want to see how the actual pages turned out, check out the issue for yourself, it's in the shops now (cover below).

By the way, this happens to be the two hundredth post on this blog...& it only took me nine years to get here, quite amazing really! I think a small celebration is in order......

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Con sketches for sale.

Yesterday (November 30) I appeared at the Wales Comic Con in Wrexham. The event (as is usual these days it seems) featured a few comic pros & a whole bunch of celebrities from film, TV & sport. Despite it being extremely well attended (the queue went around the block more than once before the doors opened) it was something of a quiet affair for me personally, unfortunately. As a result, in the frequent gaps in activity, I took the time to do a few unsolicited sketches, a couple of which did eventually find homes, but the six shown here were left like wallflowers awaiting a dance..... So if anyone reading this (does anyone still read this??) fancies having one (it might solve the Christmas present dilemma for that one particularly awkward relative) they are available on a 'first come first served' basis for the paltry sum of £22 which includes postage (UK residents only, if you're a damn foreigner ask for postage rates). Just leave me a message in the comments, or at Given that there are three 'Hulk' images, you'd probably better specify exactly which one you want, if you have a preference.

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