Whilst graphic designing and sign-making for Whole Foods Market, I am still working on my comics for Aces Weekly, visiting comic cons and sketching!
I stayed with a french family in France and took my sketchbook with me. Here are a few of the sketches from my book:
I also recently had a table at Macclesfield comic con where I promoted my comics in Aces Weekly. You can read my comics among many others from the greats at: http://acesweekly.co.uk/
Continuing on with the pirate theme, I’m trying to perfect my use of rain, I looked at artists such as Will Eisner who depicts rain brilliantly in his comic book A Contract With God. I found this illustration challenging but what’s the point if there’s no challenge in it, am I right?
I’ve just completed this comic for the Cape/Observer/Comica Prize. The above panel was hand pencilled and inked using Black Magic Indian ink and a Windsor and Newton Series 7 size four brush. Then I scan it into Adobe Photoshop using my A3 scanner. I go onto the editing stage:
1) I adjusted the contrast so that the black and white are true
2) Then I created a new layer and set the layer to Multiply mode which allows the colour to go behind the black, for each colour in turn I created a new layer to allow for individual colour adjustments and rubbing out errors. The shadows are done on top of the block colours in Multiply mode.
3) For the colouring of the background pattern I went back to the background black and white layer and selected the black colour range. Then I created a new layer in Normal mode for the green colour. Using the brush tool I carefully coloured over the selected black area of the pattern. ctrlD for deselect to see what I’m doing and alt-ctrl-z to carry on colouring.
4) For the foreground pattern I used the same principle as the background but I had to add the solid green colour first in Multiply mode and move the Normal mode white layer to the top.
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I’m making some child appropriate illustrations. What do you think? To see more exciting pictures click here.
Here is a children’s illustration I’ve created recently. I’m creating illustrations for an early reader audience. If you like this illustrations, click here to view my portfolio page.