Friday, 29 April 2011

Very first video progress! Unedited test!

Wooo! After recommendation from my friend, I decided to buy a tripod and have a go at video painting progress, rather than photos.
This is just a tester video which is way too long (I haven't edited anything out) and shows little progress. It was just made for me to become familiar with iMovie and general video-editing.

I hope the final one won't be longer than 5 minutes and show the entire painting from start to finish with a scan at the end.

(It's Page 3 of our story for the anthology called Bayou Arcana)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Japanese inspired commission: Safety scan.

This has again been meshed together from four separate scans. I intend to have the final version professionally scanned to avoid the potatoshop-patching-nightmare.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Japanese inspired commission: Linework.

No, the entire thing doesn't fit in my scanner. It took me four separate scans to get this image on the computer and the top still has a bit missing :P

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Bayou Arcana: Example of watercolour process.

Here's how I painted Page 2 of Bayou Arcana in stages:

The A2 mermaid commission, final scan:

I actually forgot to post the final scan of this A2 painting on my blog! D'oh! It's been scanned at my local printers, but I'm a bit unsure about the colours. They seem almost fluorescent to me. Other people have said it looks fine, but I'm not sure. :/ Anyway, should give you an idea of the final painting:

After a lot of discussion and advice-seeking from writer-friends...

... I have seriously decided to grab Skal by the horns and do it properly.

It all came from a late night discussion with my partner about the uncertainty of creating graphic novels and short stories for print in today's economic climate. It's very difficult to actually make a living out of it, and creating a long story often takes years without any payment. Investing time in long projects that might not even pay the printing costs at the end is a big gamble! But I've kinda been doing pages of Skal on the side of paying work for months without too much disruption, and not seriously thought about it as a proper project.

Until partner said:

"Why don't YOU create a graphic novel yourself Jen?"

So! After consulting some writer friends (thanks guys!) I have now seriously decided to attempt to make Skal a story for print.

This would mean that I would sit down and iron out the story, the dialogue, the setting, the characters, the PACING (my weakness!), and then paint my pages without a weekly deadline.

The idea would be to release the entire first chapter and prologue in one go online, to avoid that break in flow when reading.

So, all of this means that the Skal bits you've seen will be redone, restructured and re-painted. I'm also having them proof-read by people who know how to create graphic novels XD

I'm very excited by this and will post my usual progress shots on the blog.
Just want to take the opportunity to thank the people who read Skal and send lots of love out to you people who've been so supportive and nice to me :D <3

Big Jen Hugs!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Back from London-Land!

Will start posting more arty-art when I get back into the commission-grooove.
Still quite rough. Have this lingering cold that just means I'm constantly on 70% :(

Anywho. A bit of an insider from the pub-meet with fellow comic creator and the like:

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Storm from X Men.

My version of Storm. Not very happy with the face at all, but went with it anyway. :)

Tom: "You're cutting up an ancient book..!?"
Me: "I'm re-using it."