Farting around with another Gillian Akers concept piece
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Cilla’s concept has come a long way. She started off like this and I’ve taken inspriation from Kazumi from Tokyo Ghost and Ally from Sunstone.
Cilla is the no-nonsense Guardian Angel for Maximillian Reily. She’s unmatched with a blade and wields it with deadly precision. For tougher foes, she uses the charms on her belt for diversions and empowerments. As Max’s Guardian Angel, her overall strength is inverse to her client’s health making her faster/stronger/deadlier when Max’s life is threatened.
I decided to color the sketch I posted the other day. It now serves as my twitter profile picture. I decided to go with purple highlights to Maximillian’s black hair. I’m currently picturing him as a very casual dresser. Bright, contrasting colors always accompanied with sweatpants. It adds an unassuming aura to him.
Here’s my first official drawing fresh off the new scanner I got! I decided to pencil and ink Maximillian a ‘supporting’ character in my Black Carnival series. He’s the charismatic cousin to Gillian Akers and the only other survivor of her family’s massacre. He takes an optimistic approach to life, thanking the powers that be for passing through their trials.
That being said, he won’t take his fortune for granted. His cheerful demeanor disguises his resolute nature only to those who have just met him.
Art wise my shading is incredibly inconsistent as I have no idea what I’m doing. Though I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Here’s what he used to look like when the idea was first conceived.
Like the Gillian drawing, I’ve been messing around with some redesigns of my Black Carnival characters. Decided to go with a more leather jerkin feel. Drawing the carbine was fun. This was also the first drawing I experimented with Sakura Micro Pens. They are fantastic.
Messed around with a redesign for Gillian. Just throwing some things around.
Just a quick sketch and inking of Zaspara.
A quick silhouette drawing I did for a concept of Gillian’s meeting with the leaders of the Black Carnival. Judging eyes on a wildcard.
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Black Carnival #10
Gillian, Flynt, and Marraine team up to take down the Abomination. But will their combined efforts be enough?
With every page, I’m getting more and more confident as I experiment with what works best and looks cool. I change styles often within this page, but I’m really happy with the results. I plan on working on one non Black Carnival drawing before I get into #11. I’m really excited about this one as it’s VERY overdue.
Let’s just say things are gonna get Bloody.
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Posted in Fig Art, The Black Carnival, tagged adobe, Art, comics, Drawing, Fantasy, flash, funny, illustrator, Inspiration, manga studio, photoshop, screenflow, web comic on June 7, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Bet you didn’t see that coming did you? Gillian and Flynt are back again to wrap up the “cat-in-the-tree” storyline.
Why the revival?
I once read a quote regarding about going to your grave with your unrealized ideas and aspirations are a waste of human ingenuity. Originally, I had given up on delivering my story for The Black Carnival in favor of other endeavors. It was a notion I truly hated myself for deciding. After 5 months, I’ve returned to take another attempt at delivering my story. No point in wasting human ingenuity right?
The Black Carnival will continue to serve as a means of experimentation with style and feasibility. I get faster and more efficient with each drawing. There can be only good things that come from this.
Black Carnivals will be released with no schedule. I’ll try to crank them out when I can, but I’ll be mixing in other pieces of work between each page.
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Took a break from The Black Carnival Webcomic to make this graphic profile for our leading lady. I’ll (try to) slowly roll these out for all the characters introduced so far to help build the universe. You can tell I do a rush job on the comic strips for the sake of delivering content, but I enjoy spending some time and detail into making better drawings (this one took about 3 1/2 hours).
Black Carnival #7
Some notes: I’m going to experiment with how other comics deal with large walls of text. By the end of the fourth panel, I was getting upset that I would draw a whole panel only to have it blocked out by a wall of text (Panel 3). So I either have to be more concise in the writing or experiment and come up with solutions like I did in panel 4.
I normally (try to) participate in National November Writing Month, but this year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of a 1500 words a day, to get to the coveted 50,000 word novel, I’m going to try a panel a day (they do say a picture is worth a thousands words…). I’ve already gotten Black Carnival written up to #16 and I’m very excited for having what’s in store for the story. I’m already several days behind, but that’s not going to stop a man like me.
Yay another Black Carnival. In this page we introduce Lady Valora who has had a major character redesign since last time I drew concept art of her. And of course our main characters have also gone under another character redesign. As mentioned before, will keep experimenting as I get more and more comfortable with a specific design. More Black Carnival kinda soon. Will probably continue to go at this sluggish pace unfortunately. Too many other things to draw at the same time.
For example, got something cooking up for Halloween. Let’s hope I can make it in time.
After many hours of work put into it, I give you my greatest accomplishment artistically. I’m proud to announce ‘The Black Carnival Sheriff’s Office’. In this picture, we have a group shot of the team I envisioned to be a part of the Black Carnival Sheriff’s Office. Many of these characters we’ve seen in one form or the other, but I’m happy to say that I’m satisfied with the finished design with each and every one of them.
As long as I continue to ‘do’ the Black Carnival, I plan on introducing these characters one by one. Until then, I’ll leave a shroud of mystery between who and what they are and their relation to Gillian’s journey.
I’m gonna be MIA for a while while I get work done on this large (maybe the largest) project I’ll ever draw to completion. At the current state of the Black Carnival comic book, we’ve only seen four members of the Black Carnival Sheriff’s Office. 1) Gillian Akers, our rash, feisty, and impulsive protagonist. 2) Flynt, Gillian’s Guardian Angel. 3) Sheriff Meiter, the fearless Satyr leader of the Sheriff’s office. And 4) Miss Darcy, the hormonal secretary. Well I’m working on a large profile shot that will feature 10 to-be-featured players at the Black Carnival Sheriff’s office. I’ve included a work-in-progress screenshot of a corner that features two the of confirmed profiles to be included. The other 6 characters to be included are influenced heavily on concept art I’ve done in the past and previous incarnations of the Black Carnival story, but will be reimagined as the latest canon concepts in this drawing. It’s a large project and in balancing it with school, it will be tough to promise when it’ll come out. I’m working very hard on it and will try to get it out as soon as I can.
Gillian and Flynt go over the mission on their way to the Howling Siren. I know Gillian acts kinda bitchy, but I’m more trying to lean her towards a Renegade Fem-Shep from the Mass Effect series. She’ll have her chance to show more of her true colors and loyalty eventually. Once I get there. One panel at a time.
And speaking of panels, oh man, look at that production quality. Did I actually spend more than five minutes on a background? It’s quite astounding what happens when you put a little elbow grease in the less important stuff like backgrounds. You can obviously tell when I worked on certain panels on different days. Panels 1 and 3 differ in art significantly, though I think I’m really digging the character design of Gillian in panel 3. I love 4 panel pages because it’s a lot less intimidating to work harder on one panel and still obtain a sense of progress. I’ll try to maintain this quality when it comes to 6 panel pages, but we’ll see.
Probably a pin up or two before the next Black Carnival. I’m more on devoting my time to drawing over writing for Banana Scoop these past few days, but I don’t think you guys are complaining and I’m having a blast. Now about that DC pin up…
Woo-hoo! Another one in time before school starts. Let’s meet Flynt: Gillian’s over-protective/over-enthusiastic Guardian Angel. He’ll try to find every excuse to be by her side to her dismay. In terms of meta stuff, Gillian went through another series of redesigns. Rather then postponing the comic to hone in the final design for some of my key characters, I’ll chug through producing actual story content while tweaking designs until I find the one I like best.
In terms of progressing the story, I think the next couple are four panel pages, so hopefully we won’t see as much of a break. I’m definitely getting faster and faster at these while maintaining decent level of details. I might get side-tracked with other projects and school though. You might have seen I’ve been busy doing Avatar profile pics and I have a very awesome Roger Sterling picture in the works. I just watched Batman: Assault on Arkham and am feeling another DC lady pin-up binge, so watch out for that as well!
I love that first panel. I went as far as making it my Twitter Profile image for a while I love it so much. I’m getting the hang of a routine when it comes to drawing these. In the past, I would sketch all four panels, then proceed to inking all four panels, then proceeding to coloring all four panels, etc. But now I am doing one whole panel at a time and I like that a lot better. You legitimately feel the progress and you don’t get burnt out with limited completion. Depending on my schedule Black Carnival #4 might take a little bit longer to finish because it’s a 6 panel page and I want to work on some pin up art.