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.
For reasons that would be too long to explain here, I am not going to do the WW1 story that I talked about earlier as my next book. But there’s another story that I’m really excited about doing as my next graphic novel. The publisher is on board, but I won’t make anything official until I sign the contract.
Here’s two studies for that one. I’m thinking no colors, just black and white with washes.
Thinking of re-visiting this old idea Nadia and I were developing.
My first time at this costumed gesture drawing sessions. I really liked it and I hope to be able to go to their next session. The theme this week was film noir. If you are an artist in Toronto, you should check out Toons On Tap.
These were 10 minutes poses.
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“Switching from white to black borders between his panels during the time of captivity to intensify the atmosphere of terror, Lafrance puts shadows or at least a little visual distance between viewers and violent acts. Wrenchingly, though, he ramps up the immediacy and emotional intensity by cutting again and again to the wide-eyed, tear-stained faces of children forced to do or to witness those acts(…)Powerful storytelling(…)”
I’ve decided to do the blogging thing again, it’s been awhile. I kept a working blog for War Brothers while I was working on the book, but I need this space again to share new sketches and new story ideas. So here we go again!
Here are the only drawings left from my storyboard days on Disney Canada’s ‘Return to Neverland’ in 1999.
I'm a storyboard and graphic novel artist. I am currently a story artist at House of Cool on the animated feature "Day of the Dead" for Real FX.
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