One of the greatest things for an artist is to keep his old sketchbooks and not discard them just because some for the art in it is outdated. I've learned that there is a treasure trove of goodness in some of my old notebooks. Such is the case with this character, Neko. He is an amalgamation of a couple of characters I drew. The main idea was centered on Antonio Bandera's character in Desperado. At the time I called him Felino De La Mancha. 👈(Click on that name to see what became of that name.) Born from the blending of two ideas, Neko became one of the characters from Ghosts comic that I love to draw and you will see him briefly in the first issue that I am working on now.
It has been an extremely busy 2 weeks for me and I was not able to post this last week. Anyway, I'm still here, still alive and little by little working on my Ghosts comic. I've been finding these old pages that I definitely want to redo. This is to show you just how far I got into this project the first time around. I'm having Probably about the same amount of fun as I did the first time around, if not more. I am getting reacquainted with the characters like old friends. So, let's move on with this story.
This page was done in pencils on comic board. For those wishing to know what else I used for this, you can leave me a comment. For those who don't care, that's fine too. You can leave a comment too.
You know those times when you are on a roll and nothing can stop you, not even the back end of an airplane crashing through your roof? Well, that's not what's happening here.
Almost a decade ago I was determined to get this book out of my head and on to paper. I almost did it too. I had the script, which I still have, and I had the characters ready for prime time. But then, The Show comic happened and I stopped production of this project to start on that one. It was my decision to put Ghosts on the back burner back then, as it is now my decision to finally see it through to the end.
For the next couple of blog posts, I will show you some of the pages that I chose to rework. The reason behind this was simply because I want the book to look the same way all throughout. Already my style has changed since I drew the page above, and I would like to keep things consistent.
I am really excited to finally be putting this book together. I hope you guys share my excitement as well.
Until next time, keep sketching.
There are times when something you draw seems to go really well, the stars are aligned, the universe smiles upon you, and you start to fart rainbows. And then there are times when you finish a drawing and then realize that it won't work. This was the case with this page. It was done because I wanted to move away from the spread I drew before. When I started work on this again, I decided to keep a little bit of the original flow in it so this page will unfortunately NOT be used.
As sad as it is to not use this finished page, I am happy with the decision because I am finally moving forward and en route to finishing this book that has been sitting on my creative shelf for far too long.
So like I said before on one of my previous posts, (dont ask me which one cause I can't remember) this project has been sitting around longer than a biblical man's beard. I decided I was fed up with letting it sit on the shelf. Thanks to @vion4444 who just fell in love with one of the characters, I decided to bring it back to life and make it breathe.
Insanity with a pencil
Two posts ago I showed you how my first page came out in 2007. If I am not suffering from memory loss, collecting reference and laying it out took me most of the time. I think that's how I remember it. Filling out the lines with pencils and darkening those dark spots like a madman took me less time than I expected. I think I finished this page in about 6 to 8 hours (not all in one sitting). Just so you know, there was a first attempt at this page. That original pencil art is with our good buddy Sean Beck, of Invincible Comics, but onward.
Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.)
Here is the finished first page. This is after all the tweaks and refinements. That girl you see in the panels is non-other than my little angel, Argus (click here to see who I'm talking about.) I was happy with the simplification of the characters and effects. I'm always amazed at how working digital allows you to do so much more.
Anyway, feel free to let me know what you think about this page below in the comments.
Until next time, sketch me a glass a water, cause I sho is thirsty.