Okay, after a delay of 6 months, I’m back on my new graphic novel with Sharon McKay. I’m playing around, trying to decide which technique to use. I work all day as a storyboard artist drawing on a Cintiq, so I’m trying to see if I can get away from the computer and do this book the old traditional way. At this stage, I’m not worried about making a nice drawing. All I’m looking for is a style that excites me and that will keep me interested for 200 pages.
Drawn and inked on Bristol board. Grey tones with Copic markers.Colored in Photoshop.
I went to a skateboard park and tried to capture some moments. The cool thing about these kids is that they practice the same jump or trick over and over.
I looked at the jump and tried to take a mental picture, then I used a grey marker for a quick gesture and finished it with a pentel brush pen. These are no more than 2 minutes each.
It’s official, my next graphic novel will be an adaptation of the novel for YA “Thunder over Kandahar” by the amazing Sharon McKay. It’s a great story about two 14 year old girls in Afghanistan who have to run away from the Taliban. I will be working with Sharon on adapting the story and I will illustrate it.
Here’s two studies for that one. I’m thinking no colors, just black and white with washes.
I found this old comic I did in 2007. It’s just in pencils, never finished it properly. I wanted to do it in watercolors but I never got good enough with that technique. I’m posting it anyway now because I really like the story. It’s an adaptation from a story by Caleb Monroe.
Thinking of re-visiting this old idea Nadia and I were developing.
I'm a storyboard and graphic novel artist. I am currently a story artist at House of Cool on the animated feature "Book of Life" for Real FX. I'm also working on my second graphic novel, an adaptation of the novel "Thunder over Kandahar" by Sharon McKay.
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