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Creative Common / Re: General Colouring Discussion
« on: 19 November, 2010, 10:50:29 am »
When I started to take the idea of being a colourist more seriously a few years ago it was taking me 4 days to do each page. I was creating insanely complicated paths, masks and layer blends for every element of every frame. At the moment it probably takes me an average of 6 hours a page, depending on complexity. There isn’t a lot of money in colouring so I would probably need to get that down to 3 hours a page for it to be practical for me to start pitching for work, not least because of the expected turnaround time. The work I have taken on so far has been creator owned so the deadlines are generally longer.

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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 12 November, 2010, 01:07:26 pm »
Work would not be the same without this thread. And where would any self respecting mash up be without axe cop and Danny Devito. 

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General / Re: Johnny Alpha actor
« on: 10 November, 2010, 01:03:13 pm »
For my little Dog Breath story a while ago I used Rupert Everett as reference for Johnny Alpha.

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Creative Common / Re: Couple of Judge Dredd pics and a few other bits
« on: 09 November, 2010, 12:22:51 pm »
Just... Plain... Brilliant!

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Creative Common / Re: Does my Art look big in this?
« on: 09 November, 2010, 12:11:46 pm »
Brilliant! Cpt Rhodes, CrazyFoxMachine and everyone else! I had lost my drawing Mojo for a while then I joined this board and suddenly I feel inspired again. Now where did I leave my drawing box!

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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 30 October, 2010, 07:26:54 pm »
 :D how could any one be unhappy with a comparison like that! If my backgrounds are even a tenth as intersting as Kev O'Neill I must be doing something right.

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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 30 October, 2010, 02:22:06 pm »
That is Tyranny Rex over near Rogue and Venus, she is feeling up the bicep of a too small to recognise Slaine. Judge Death it seems can't handle his synth whiskey.

the bar was set high and it's pretty much stayed there so I thought i would make up for my lame Robocop is Dredd joke by not skimping on the detail!

Steven


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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 30 October, 2010, 10:41:30 am »
Thanks everybody! I may well colour this if I have time before the end of the comp.

Here is a link to the full size version. It’s a bit tricky in black and white to see who all the characters in the background are as they are so small, but they are all meant to be some one from 2000ad.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9272274@N03/5127603627/sizes/l/in/photostream/

The Snake Pliskin looking guy on the floor is Nick Stone from Meltdown Man.

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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 29 October, 2010, 11:00:09 pm »
ummmm, I ran out of time or I would of coloured this


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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 29 October, 2010, 01:20:35 pm »
Great work one and all, great ides intimidating high quality. Kev, Rich: that really is something special! I’m about half way though mine. I definitely think this thread has a ‘pin-up prog’ in it, maybe at the end of the year. If Tharg isn’t interested I’m sure someone in the small press would be...

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Creative Common / Re: General Writing Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2010, 02:53:57 pm »
Thanks  :) I drew a 4 page story a few years ago to practice capturing an actor’s likeness for a strip. I’ll tell you this give me primordial evil and inverted spheres of negative space over making a drawing look like a real person any day!

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Creative Common / Re: General Writing Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2010, 02:17:19 pm »
Geof Darrow has made a name for himself doing insanely detailed crowd scenes loosely strung together by a slight story (I’m thinking mostly of hard boiled) and I’m pretty sure Ron Smith was never that fussed about packing out his strips with impressively large crowds but Mick McMahon and Brian Bolland however quit Dredd ostensibly over the huge crowds in block-mania.

What can we learn from this?

Don’t give a crowd heavy story to an artist who hates drawing crowds and if you are going to have horses in your strip make sure your artist can draw horses!
 

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Creative Common / Re: General Writing Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2010, 12:24:11 pm »
We could always help the artist by making it easy to use the copy/paste functions:

"A hundred thousand identical clones, all dressed in the same overalls, march in-step towards their goal*."


* An incandescent orb of pure sleep. (Well, you've still got to give your artist some challenges)  :lol:

A few years ago when faced with drawing several ranks of robots that's exactly what I did (I like to think the orb of pure sleep is implied)


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Creative Common / Re: General Writing Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2010, 11:38:34 am »
So, um, what does a writer, er, write if they want a crowd scene?

Is it just the repetition of words which gets his goat?  Or is it irritation that they have to draw so many people so often? (Granted, there shouldn't be that many crowd scenes in one script, and should they go on more than a panel, some of those should be close in on a couple of characters so you wouldn't have to redraw lots of folk.)



I think the issue artist have with crowd scenes (battles and vast army’s or teams that seem to get squeezed into every frame just so the audience doesn’t forget the comic has 8 stars) is it’s easy to write the words ‘the small trickle of protesters filter from a side road into a vast march. It is now obvious to the reader that this is not a fringe movement but a massive outpouring of emotion and anger flooding across the whole city’ and then 2 pages later  ‘as the protesters turned the corner they are face with the disheartening sight of Judge Dredd standing in front of ten thousand riot suited  Judges .‘ but it takes a lot longer to draw. Fun as it may be to have an epic reveal every 3 pages it’s a pain in the ass to draw.

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General / Re: 2000AD Oct/Nov Art Comp. Mix Master Mashup.
« on: 12 October, 2010, 11:09:38 am »
Bloody Hell thats good! well thats this Comp off to a great start.

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