Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blunda Man: Character Design

I have been developing a character to use as a vehicle to drive my planned forey into animated shorts. I named him Blunda Man- an obvious play on his bungling nature. Then I head a very funny story titled 'The Dog Died' and adapted the short tale into four cartoon strips. Attached is my character design for the two characters in the story.
















Saturday, June 26, 2010

Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta: R.I.P.

I first encountered Al Williamson's work on his Star Wars newspaper strips. His lush and detailed illustrations quickly caught my attention. This man was a master of rendering and illustrative composition, as well as the lazy artist's nightmare!

 


Frank Frazetta, on the other hand, wowed me with his powerful coloured illustrations for book and comics covers. His most memorable works, to me, were his paintings of Conan the Barbarian. I learnt much later about his commendable illustrations on newspaper strips in the 50s!



These were artists who loved what they did. They were not just interested in knocking out the next page. They gave serious attention to details. Imagine my sadness to learn of the passing of both great artists this year. Please take some time to read about them and view a little of the wonderful works they left us in the following New York Times articles.
Al Williamson
Frank Frazetta

Oluronbi and the Iroko Man: Pencils






I have been working on various projects other than the Paranoia! story line. My comics adaptation of the Yoruba folk tale: Oluronbi and the Iroko Man is now being converted to strips. I saw the need to add more details hence the additional pencil illustrations, some of which are posted here for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Passion of My Life: Completed

I have not kept my promise to put up something here every month. But I have several projects in progress, I just haven’t had time to post them. 

This post is neither a cartoon strip nor fiction. But I have decided to include my regular comic works here as well since both media are very similar. 

The work features a brief biography of yours truly, how I came to fall in love with what I do. I had to go home to my parents and raid their library for old greyscale kodak photos of my younger (and cuter) self. Posted is a step-by-step process of how I developed the three page work. A rough sketch of each page was done and used to develop the final pencil pages (The reference pictures were useful at this stage). Secondly, I used the light box to redraw the pencil pages in ink. Thirdly, I scanned the inks into my PC and painted them in Adobe Photoshop. Then I imported the painted pages into CorelDRAW and laid in the panel outlines and captions.

I hope to put up the final pages soon.



















Ah! The picture below was taken in those days when I wake up in the morning, eat my breakfast and bounce all the way to school daydreaming about comic book characters. But now I'm a grown man, matured. I wake up in the morning, eat my breakfast and bounce all the way to work thinking about making comic books. Wait...