Mr. Ivy OwlTopus
Here’s another artistic/Design process article for you; showing how I created this illustration with pencil, paper and Photoshop. (See more of my illustrations at my portfolio: johniwhite.com)
Where Did the Idea Come From?
I wanted to experiment with pencil drawing – and Photoshop. So: no inks and no graphics tablet for the drawing phase. But what to draw?
The subject idea probably popped into my mind after walking through Knocksink Wood, near Enniskerry, County Wicklow here in Ireland. There was lots of ivy all over the trees, and it reminded me of tentacles (and snakes, which I can’t bear!).
How Did I do it?
B*W: My Comic Production Process #2
An updated look at the production process of my comic. The previous blog post about the process « can be seen here.
“Where do you get your ideas?”
That most often asked question… The « Peace-keeper strip idea came to me in a flash, as usual, but this time as I walked with my wife, Gabby from one building to another. In the space of 5 or 10 seconds. I mentioned a kid who used to be in school with me, and suddenly I had the concept of the whole strip in my head. Some dialogue and lot of images.
Developing the idea – scribbles
B*W: Creating ‘Mine-Field’
Some notes on the creation of the ‘Minefield’ strip ^
The initial sketch
I thought I’d give any other budding comic creators out there a look at this. And who knows? Perhaps those more experienced than me can offer me some tips!
It really didn’t change that much between the sketch and the finished piece did it? The second panel was improved – with more facial expression. And I flipped panel 4 – so that the characters are consistently walking from left to right. Continue reading
B*W: Character Design & Style #1
The quick ones are the best
I must view this quick sketch daily: it’s simple, cartoony, funny and lively
The Very First Between * Wars Drawing!
And here’s how it began around about July 2014:
I drew this and wondered “Why didn’t I think of doing something like this before?” Continue reading
Pg.5: So – you’re the ‘Designer’
This is an experimental page – which doesn’t fit in with the running order of the story. Jumping ahead really.
I was writing yesterday about how I might attempt the pages in ink and pencil only – to save time – and increase output. I really can’t continue with the full-colour approach that I’ve previously used. It’s just too time-intensive. If I was 20 years old, living with my parents, with no job, then maybe…
Anyway, this is a humourous webcomic, not a graphic novel which is meant awe graphic art lovers. My aspirations here are more humble than that. I think if I try it this way, my ink line-work, and my pencil-toning will improve, which is good. On the next one I’ll probably go large format again. This was dashed off on a sheet of A4 office-printer-paper. Not the best for quality and it creases like hell when you use the eraser on it.
I’d be grateful to read what you think?