Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Page 8 revisited

Okay, still some minor tweaking to be done but here's the illo, pretty much how I envisioned it. The black gutters were a afterthought but I think it works, especially in light of the crew's predicament. It adds a sense of foreboding, signalling their bad times are just beginning...

Page 8

Okay, I'm rather excited about this page. Oh I know it looks rather incomplete, but in actuality it's about 85% percent done. Remember the new illo of the Orbiter space station? [If you don't just scroll down, I'll wait.] Well it's going to placed in the initial big establishing shot. The story calls for the station to hide out in Ganymede's shadow. Ganymede is a moon that orbits the giant planet of Jupiter. Well as luck would have it, I ran across a really cool image online focusing on Jupiter from Ganymede's perspective. I'm going to modify and enhance the image and place it in the first panel and then impose the space station in the proper position. The fifth panel will be a re-purposed image of Commander Mead from page 6.

Page 7

As promised... scant hours later! LOL! Recently scanned pencilled pages for your viewing enjoyment. At this stage I've only begun the "digitally inking process" and I still have a lot of cleaning up to do. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, NOTHING beats traditionally inked pages. But both TIME and MONEY are prime motivators to go the digitally inked route, and if done well can at least adequately represent the base pencils.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Another shot of... SPACE STATION ORBITER: CLOUD 99!!

Long overdue for a post here, but I guarantee awesome pages [at least to me anyway!] are only scant hours away. But here's a little something to whet the appetite. I almost didn't post this but I remembered... the whole point of this is to peak behind the creative veil so-to-speak. It shouldn't always be near to completed digitally inked pencils I'm showing. Here's another shot of the Orbiter space station. I won't lie, it's a bitch to draw... so it's easier for me to draw it separately, scan it, clean it up and re-size it and place it exactly where I want it on the actual page. God, I love photoshop... it's so forgiving. Make a mistake? So don't even have to erase it, just fix once it's scanned in photoshop. Wheeee...