Thursday, 19 May 2016

Knock knock. Who's there? Zombie. Zombie wh...oh god!!


Soooo...once again I've revised some artwork, this time for a zombie crowd-shot. In my first attempt I originally had a long aerial shot to show the size of the zombie crowd, but you couldn't see the zombies very well and it just wasn't scary enough. I wanted Jack to be in big trouble. So I flipped the angle around to showcase the zombie horde. No problem, right?

Yep, until I sat down to actually draw the thing. Zombie hordes are so much friggin' work to make all the zombies look, um, alive and moving. Anyway, I'm happier with this new shot. Enjoy!

While I'm here, I'd like to get into that exciting development I mentioned in a previous post happening over at Image comics.It's called "Creators For Creators", and it's the coolest thing to happen to creator-owned comics in a decade!

It's a grant program aimed at original comic book creators. The details of the program can be found at creatorsforcreators.org

From the website:
"The goal of the Creators for Creators grant is to help pave the way for the next generation of comics creators by supporting their work financially and through mentorship, as well as providing opportunities for their creations to reach a wide audience. We plan to give $30,000 to a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee according to rigorous criteria.
In addition to the monetary support, the recipient of the grant will have access to mentorship from the experienced creators involved with Creators for Creators. Mentorship will cover almost every aspect of the comic-creating experience. The goal is to give the recipient a firm foundation in the creative, business, legal, and financial areas of the comics business."

This is very exciting. It's obviously a long shot (as every comic book writer/artist in the world will probably send in a submission) but I have to try! So I'm going to submit "Heroes of the Dead" and see what happens!

I'm just wrapping up the last panels of issue #1, which I'll submit as my sample of 'sequential art'. And I've written out a 2-page summary of my story arc, spanning 4 issues, called "Hearts of Darkness" (which I renamed from "Crossing Over".)

So in the next couple of weeks I'll be arranging my submission package and preparing to take the plunge into the grant contest. I'll be posting my progress as I go!

Fingers, toes, heart and crosses crossed! :)
G.S.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Final Artwork - Cover for issue #1 is done!!


Here it is folks! Final cover for issue #1 of "Heroes of the Dead"! You might notice I lost the shield behind the logo that I used in my cover test . I thought it made the cover too top heavy so I got rid of it. Anyway, enjoy!

G.S.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Full Page - final art for page #20


As promised, here's the final composition of page #20. I like this page a lot, even though there's no action or anything. I like giving characters a voice through their dialogue, so much fun to write! Originally I just had the panels of the characters on a black background, and with the huge amounts of dialogue it looked awful. Even I got bored looking at it. So I threw Jack's in the background to show his reaction to meeting all these people and broke up the panels into a more interesting composition. Now it's much more fun to read. Enjoy!

In other news, there has been an exciting development over at Image that has made my head spin!! Check out creatorsforcreators.org  for the details. I'll be posting about this soon. It's completely changed my game plan for the comic, hopefully in a good way. Anyway, I'll write a post about my future plans for "Heroes of the Dead" as issue #1 nears completion. Stay tuned!
G.S.