Day of the Unicorn

Another sacred date that I failed to blog about in time!

November 11th officially the day of the unicorn! (Frankly speaking, I don’t know if it really is an official thing but I just celebrate it like an official day!) That very day, a Sunday, I spent at the exhibition being around a few other (comic) artists and as you already might be able to tell – those artists folks sometimes are a bit .. different. Which is another reason why I feel so happy to be one of them!

We had a great time with loads of chocolate (gnah), countless jokes and funny drawings. One them had told me the day before that Sunday would be unicorn-day and that we were supposed to draw unicorns and glittering things!

At home I went through some older sketches and found a black and white drawing of a unicorn that I had done some other time but since it’s a bit too much “girly” to my liking I had just put it away in some box.

The girl (a brilliant artist – especially when it comes to watercolours) put some colours on my sketch and even made the horn glitter! Now it’s fabulous as f***!

It’s the first time that I did a collaboration with another artist but it was so much fun and I love that unicorn so much that I just couldn’t any different but frame it and put it on my wall!

Currently it seems like I am developing a thing for pink/ glittering/ girly stuff even though it clashes a bit with my Doc Martens.

Wishing you a glittering Sunday night!

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Comic Action/ SPIEL 2015

It was an unbelievably awesome weekend!

I went there on Saturday and Sunday and even though I wasn’t taking part as an artist I had an amazing time meeting artists and people I haven’t seen in a while.

There’s one artist I met last year who is an amazing photographer and who makes the most beautiful drawings! His pencilwork is just stunning. His website is currently under construction but when he’s relaunching it I’ll let you know and post a link.

I also met an amazing German comic book artist and cartoonist whose web comic I have been reading for about 2 years. I fell in love with his style and wit as I read the first episode and it was smashing to meet him in person.

There were also some American and Canadian comic book artists who worked for Marvel and DC and I was so excited to look over their shoulders while they were sketching! As I am a huge Harley Quinn lover it was rad to see Chad Hardin and I even got a picture with him (Yey!). Scott Koblish was there, too (go, Deadpool, go!) and Francis Manapul. It’s just beyond of this world how those guys create so much awesomeness with so little lines!

The best part is that I had dinner at the same table with them (a very lucky number of coincidences) but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to engage with them in conversation as the table was just too long and te place also was very noisy. But still … SAME table ;)

I also got some professional feedback on my own comic which was great to hear! I still have a long way to go but I’m not too far off the track.

Also I found another illustration which I haven’t shown to you guys yet (or at least I think so). It’s already a redone version because I didn’t like the way the old one was coloured. Have a great week!

Cheers,

 

Roxane

 

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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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I’m still alive!

Hello my friends!

I’m back to Germany and managed to take a couple of minutes off. I’m currently working non stop on my comic which will be out in little less than eight weeks!!! It’s so exciting!

I’m almost completely done with the lineart and now I want to share a few sneak peeks. The picture’s page 11 so some thrilling stuff already happend … Tomorrow I’ll write a proper post introducing the plot and maybe even revealing a few more details regarding that lovely lady!

Cheers!

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Colouring

Today I’ve been testing different coloring styles and techniques to see which one I like best and which one works fast. I’m about to finish the first stage of my work on my comic – just 4 pages to go! I like to divide it into 4 steps.

  1. Pencil artwork. Varies from rough sketches to detailed sketches – strongly depends on the difficulty of the image.
  2. Inking. I scan the sketches and ink them digitally. I most likely will do that with Manga Studio 5 as there are some really awesome brushes for inking.
  3. Colouring. It sounds easy but it really isn’t. It gets pretty hard once you have to colour more than one image because the colours have to work  with the entire page. You will see what I am talking about when I’ll upload some work in progress pictures.
  4.  Lettering. Adding speech bubbles, sound effects and doing the layout.

I have mentioned a couple of times that I’ll be posting some work in progress images soon. But when is SOON?!

Soon.

Just kidding.

I’m on holiday next week so I won’t be able to work on my comic. But once I’m back I will start inking the pages – and that’s when I’ll start showing more. Also I will give you some information on the story itself. The whole project is enormous as it has to be finished within the next 5 weeks.

It’s not going to be one of those classical “superhero” comics. It is fiction but it deals with issues that are much closer to real life.

Here’s a quick doodle I did to try some brushes.

 

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Sneak Preview

I started experimenting with different software to find the best looking style to ink my comic. I have mentioned before that I am currently working on my very first comic book. Story and artworks are all done by me and it’s super exiting. I will also present it in October in a big exhibition close to where I live. I won’t be the only artist showing my artworks so it will be a great opportunity to see and meet other brilliant artists!

I’m very excited that I can show you the first digital attempt at inking my lil’ baby! The colors aren’t set yet but it might give you an impression on how it will look like.

The story itself is a rather dark one – or better sad – it turns into a darker story after a while. More about that later. Please let me know what you think about the look in general (:

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Finally finished!

Today I had an appointment in town and stopped in a small store to buy the missing pencil! Unfortunately, they didn’t have the exact color I wanted but I got something similar.

Because the pigments of this pencil were differently it was a little bit more difficult but I am still happy with the result.

As always, please share your thoughts. Your comments are much appreciated!

For those of you who are new and haven’t read the work in progress post: I used colored pencils (Polychromos) by Faber-Castell and a grey-ish toned paper. That’s pretty much it.

Here she comes, the finished Jessica Rabbit!

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