This is the rough art for the opening to the novel. It opens with news coverage of a live escape by world famous magician, Angel Xavier. So yes, the book opens with sequential art. I’ll post some more as the pages progress and add a look at how it will phase into the prose. I’m sure there’ll be a few bugs to work out.Opening page of the novel.
Here’ a picture from the opening of the novel. Yep, that’s a panel. Which will be followed by several other panels and then a fade right into prose.
So yes, I’m doing something different. An experiment of sorts. Kind of risky, but, what really helps is having confidence in this world, this story and most importantly, the characters. It’s all there. Just comes down to execution.
Since I’m a bit more comfortable with how I’m making this comic, thought I’d share my process. And it is now a process. A changing one, but far from the muddled series of penciling and ink wash methods it started out as. Right, here a pic of the scanned in art:
Now the original page is actually a piece of heavy bond, gray printer paper. Kind of starts you off with a nice tone. On top of that I pencil in the art. Smudge some of the pencil. Add some watercolor washes on top to build up some volume. Sometimes I add ink to some parts, usually things I want to have stand out. I’ll do some finishes with white paint or a few more texture washes. Then I scan the whole mess in. Truthfully, I am forcing myself to stay loose and keep it messy.
Once I have it scanned in, I duplicate the original art. This new layer becomes my smudge painting. In essence, via the magic of photoshop, I use the pencil, ink and watercolors as an underpainting. And after smushing things about I get this:
And that’s where I am on this page right now. I’ll post the next few steps once I get them done.
So while I continue to draw and paint pages, thought I’d post up my table for Heroes Con. My first time and I’m jazzed. Especially since this is my hometown con now.
I’ll be at table AA-214. Some Dog eat Doug stuff, but mostly focused on Monster Chefs. I’ll have a spackling of Conjurers stuff to show too.
After months of the novel flitting around publishing purgatory, I’ve decided I can’t let this little world of magicians languish any longer. The strip is back in production and by production I mean I’ve written up a weekly schedule for myself to keep it on track. So Savachia’s story will continue and new stories (in webcomic format) will begin. I’m also back to work on the novel because I want to tell the story regardless of what or where it ends up. And it could very well end up here as an ebook. Which is fine and great by me as truthfully, rarely do so many of my passions come together in one make believe world and it’s not one I’m willing to let slide into the abyss of ”Oh I remember that idea”.
The next page, with all that said, will be up in the next few weeks. I’m working on three pages at a time which will also help keep me on track. And also on the long list of “hopes”, I’d love to bring other artists on board to explore the other storylines that lead up to and around the novel. First things first. Gotta get this little seedling sprouting again before worrying about how many flowers it will foster.