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.Read More
I have always loved the idea of a strong woman character.Read More
Welcome to the first page layout of Ghosts. It was the first page I created, but not the first version.Read More
After reading Angel & Demons by Dan Brown (YES, I read books), I came up with this brilliant idea to create the logo for Ghosts as an ambigram.Read More
Even though I inked the cover traditionally, I didn't want to do the coloring the same way.Read More
I start my journey today. This journey will take me through the process of creating my comic book from beginning to end.Read More
For me it is always fun to see the evolution of the characters that I create. In this case, I was particularly taken aback by the growth and polished design of Tim and Greg (blond hair), two pothead kids created by The Webcomic Factory's very own Tony DiGerolamo. When I first created their likeness, all I was told by Tony was that they were teenagers who constantly smoked pot. In those days, I hardly used the likeness of people I knew for fear that I was being rude, or that they might take offense. I was always worried of what people thought of me and it bothered me if I did something to offend them.
" I hardly used the likeness of people I knew for fear that I was being rude, or that they might take offense."
Enter 2018. I've stopped worrying about where I get my reference and/or my inspiration. This is not to say I am not careful about what I choose, I just don't worry so much about it. It has worked wonders for me to be able to use my surroundings as inspiration for my characters. I know this is not a new concept for artists and writers, but it is for me. The advice I leave behind to any artist who is suffering from the same crutch I was, is... when it comes to creating your characters, don't be afraid to use what you see around you, it is a great source of reference. Check out below how Tim and Greg evolved throughout the years.
"Don't be afraid to use what you see around you."
There is a certain calm after I finish a project or a drawing. I’m not sure how to explain it but I know that after I draw anything, and sink into it, it has a certain hypnotic effect. I come out refreshed. I guess in a way it’s a form of meditation, one that up until now I have just discovered. I try to draw at least one thing every day and when I don't, I feel a little empty. It doesn’t have to be a big project or anything like that, just something small or a quick sketch works just fine too. Although most these days I have some project or commission pending, I have to sometimes get away by drawing something of mine. Getting the chance to create my own thing tends to wrestle the demons in my head. I’m still trying to master them. That's why I love making comics.
Until next time, keep drawing.
It's only recently that I've had to put together some quick sketches of characters before I start working on books. The last time I had to do it, I was working on Fleischer and The Group. It's funny how sometimes I forget the tiniest of details when I'm all excited about getting started on a project. As a rule of thumbs, I have to remember to hash out some character turnaround sketches in my style before starting any book and use those as a reference. I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity of working on this book. If you want to check out The Fleischer comic, click here.
Until next time, thanks for reading.