Sunday, September 11, 2016

Super Sunday 2: Vlad Frankenstien

Here is an example of character whose origin informs the history of the setting.

Nest week: Shockwave

 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Planet Four Friday #2 First Look at the Dead Pump

 

 

 

Yeah, it's Saturday, I'm late.

The Dead Pump

Ages ago, before the seas drained away, in the long forgotten time of the Sky Kings, the Dead Pump functioned as an atmosphere factory- dispersing valuable oxygen and regulating the local climate. Corrupted by some unknown alien influence at some point during its eons of active service, the factory became, slowly, over the centuries, a place of sudden and macabre death. The Sky Kings abandoned the facility, ritually sealed the entrance and left a huge warning marker at the entrance of what is now called Shadow Canyon, as was their custom.

The Skull Monolith marks the Entrance to Shadow Canyon.

 

A stair behind the monolith leads down onto the floor of the canyon.
 
 

Next week I'll go into either airships or continue posting pieces of this. Everything thus far is of course a work in progress.

If there's anything you'd like to see in this segment, give a shout out below.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Secret base under construction

I missed posting this weekend because of the Holliday, not so great consdering I am tryng to get started again.

Anyway, I'm building a new underground base, working in sections, I finsihed sealing the floor for section one this morning. Hope to have it framed out, plumbed (is that the word?) and wired by xmas time.

Fyi, painting a basement ceiling is no fucking joke. It is hands down the hardest part of this job. Each consecutive day doing it you lose the power to lift your hands over your head/ hold a brush a little sooner. Day one I did eight hours easy. We found that 2 coats plus touch ups were needed- at least. The ceiling is thirsty as hell. The last few days we worked an hour at a time, with two hours off in between- and I'm actually fit with a serious completion compulsion issue. My buddy Chris who is staying with us and helping out is even worse. My shoulders hurt just thinking anout it.

 

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mildly nsfw: Terror Tuesday Cover Haunted Island

As an aside,,when I first started working in this style I suddenly realized why some cartoonists have assistants. I could totally use a flood-fill slave.

This is tenative choice for the cover. It may get demoted t frontispiece.

Bonus art:

This was my original conception of Star-fIst, and I was trying to nail an action pose. Everything got out of hand, really.

Next tuesday we'll delve more into what Haunted Islands is, with perhaps a sample layout page and maybe some more art- but I'll be back on Thursday or Friday with some other stuff, time allowing.

 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Map Monday 1 quick post: Gear

Yet another new feature- when will it end?

This is just a quck note for those of you that make physical maps or drawings.

GREAT GALACTUS!!!

Get one of these!

It is a light box; up until just a year or two ago they were much bigger and about 5x the current price. I got this one in may for about 40$ off amazon, and it is magical. It led to immediate improvement in my finished work as it allows a traditional artist to basically work in layers as do digital artists. Most of my current work is whipped into shape on one or two peices of paper and then assembled in a clean version on the light box. This is pretty key for me as roughed up paper is difficult to ink with some of the tools I use.

As an aside, drawing kicks my ass and it took me forever to attain even the borderline adequacy I have acheived, but I don't know that I'll ever feel comfortable using the rerm, "my work" ever.

I may get another post in this evening. I'll be working on a map today and if I get done, which seems unlikely, I'll throw it up.

PS:

A shout out to everyone who has left comments so far, I am having a reply issue with blogger- I'm not ignoring you. I'm a tool, but not that much of a tool. Honest. Thank you for reading!

And Jay Murphy, thanks for all your kind words and good luck with that g+ game, man! (I'm not on plus, but I got an email from a freind last night)

PPS Yesterday would have been King Kirby's 99th birthday! Go read some fucking comics!