Comics Looking Weird

I’ve spent the last days laying down the basic colours and getting more pages done.

It really looks like I’ll be able to finish this step tonight and start the proper colouring tomorrow.

Before I started working on “Warden of Time” I knew that making comics takes an incredible amount of time but dear Lord – I still underestimated it! But that’s why I loved making it even more. I’m a great friend of challenges. Especially working with tight deadlines gets me!

I split up the process in different steps and work my way from step to step instead of page to page. Some artists do that but I don’t really like it that much. It works with smaller projects like 4- 6 pages but definitely not with 30 +.

Here’s my list of completed (and coming) steps:

  1. Rough layout of the pages
  2. Pencil sketch
  3. Inking
  4. Flat layers
  5. Highlights & Shadows
  6. Lettering

I didn’t included the step of creating the characters. This took me a couple of years. But it doesn’t necessarily have to take that long. I was just playing with that story while I was still in school and developed the characters and the plot over the years.

But as you can see – it won’t take me much longer! I’m so excited! The exhibition will be in 5 weeks and by then I will have it finished!

I remember one teacher who was really … supporting when it came to being nice to his students. He promised me that I would never get anywhere in life. He got an invitation to the exhibition.

While I was checking for mistakes in my flat layer I temporarily hid the lineart (inks) layer and it turned out to be pretty weird-looking.A bit of another sneak peek here!

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Work in Progress

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Aaaand this is how next Wednesday’s fashion illustration looks so far! I finished the lineart today and will start coloring tomorrow..
I’m really looking forward to see how the peacock feathers will look!

Just my thing

Since 2012 I was able to get a glimpse of a truly wondrous place – the world of art and illustration!

Before I stumbled into it I never even thought of the fact that some people really turned their hobby into their job. And to be honest – I can’t think of anyone who would do that job if s/he didn’t really love it. I experienced a broad spectrum of emotions while trying to get as good as some of my idols. I very often reached the point at which I just wanted to quit. Just put those pencils away and stop worrying about it. And every time I did put the pencil down and walked away. Within 5 minutes I’d be back.

I figured I just couldn’t stop that easily. I’m constantly in a love-hate relationship with my own drawing because it rarely feels like it’s good enough. I have heard myself saying “I’m quitting!” countless times. Not once did I really mean it. Art is just too awesome to let go. Turned out it’s my thing. for better or for worse.

I hope that everyone has that one thing he feels about that way. It would be a waste of potential, no matter what your thing is.