After lots of putting it off, and struggling with themes, my new website is finally finished! It contains lots of University work that never got posted up on here, so I heartily encourage you to check it out! If you hover over the ‘Portfolio’ tab a series of sub-menus will appear that will take you to whatever artwork you wish to view, whether it be comics, children’s illustrations, or fan art – many of which I’ve yet to post on here – be sure when scrolling down through the pages you give the theme time to load up all the images
There are links to the facebook page and twitter page (to which I’ve relinquished control over to the site’s mascot; Cosmo Cat – be sure to follow him for arty updates from myself, and other artists I follow) as well as links to my deviantART, Instagram and of course, right here at Q.U.A.R.C.S! I’d like to thank all of you who have ‘followed’ me from when I started this blog back in 2009, your support and encouragement has been a great motivator so far, and any love for these new site’s would be gratefully received!
Ok try not to get TOO excited, it’s just a cover – and a fake one at that (although I’ll make the comic some day) but when I found out about #CreatorOwnedDay on twitter, I just had to join in, so I knocked this up.
Creator Owned Day was a good way for everyone to show off their own original characters/comics, and as an aspiring comic book artist, it seemed like a waste to just let it pass by – there was some very interesting work about – try the hashtag yourself to see if anything you like pops up
I… *thumps chest* have made badges! (imagine that in a Tom Hanks voice, and continue for the rest of this post)
To help promote ourselves as up-and-coming Illustrators looking for work, our tutors suggested we look into unusual ways to get our name out there – something a little different from the standard business card/postcard route. I thought it would be fun to make badges (or ‘pins’ if you’re American) with my characters/web address on, and here’s what I came up with:
I think they turned out pretty well for a first batch 🙂
Featured from top to bottom:
1st Line: Mascot from my soon-to-be-website whereIdrawtheline.com, Cosmo Cat, and a Meteor Mouse
2nd Line: The Carrot Crusader and his side-kick PeeWee
3rd Line: The Carrot Crusader’s evil nemesis, Dr Potassium and Sour-faced reporter/token love interest Peachie Keen
4th Line: Name for my new website and Emo Cat, a character from my 2nd year work
Here’s a few shots of the badges in action…
Quick post to show what I’ve been working on over the last couple of days – this week is now COLOUR week. It’s taken me forever and a day to ink my pages, but I’m confident they will all be coloured within the week (what this says about my digital colouring skills is debatable)…
So, here’s the final(ish) front cover of the comic I’ll be handing in for this semesters assessment: “Who Killed Artie Choke?” – a superhero whodunnit with a vegetable cast
I’m pleased with it at the moment, but as I said, another week to go yet, so I might make some alterations to the fonts/image size etc – PANIC STATIONS EVERYONE!!
The Carrot Crusader made it into print! My strip, as well as the other excellent comic strips by my fellow illustrators Ted, Andrew, Will, Daisy, Rosy, Adele, Charlie, Heather and James are finally available for purchase in the form of a collective anthology known as ‘Defective Comics’ (the name was Heather’s idea I believe, nice one Heather) – details on how to buy will follow in an edit as soon as I know what the arrangements are.
**EDIT** Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mister Ted, the comic is available here: http://tenbandits.bigcartel.com/product/defective-comics – buy! Buy! BUYY!!
The comic didn’t do amazingly well at the Thought Bubble comic convention that it was initially intended for, but really, with the massive (and admittedly far superior) competition it would have had there, it’s pretty impressive that we managed to sell any at all, and I’d like to express my thanks to the brave souls who manned the Glyndwr University table, as due to an (extreme) lack of finances, I was unable to attend and help out – thanks guys 🙂 (EXTREME!!)
Below are some photo’s of the finished comic, printed en masse and relatively cheaply, at the Newspaper Club – why not have a gander, you’re here anyway…
As you can see by the final photo, we also had a series of more light-hearted gag-strips in the centre, as a break from the ‘Certainly Officer…’ recurring theme. We each had to draw a short strip featuring anything we liked – my particular favourites are Daisy’s, Rosy’s and James’ particularly brilliant ‘Chicken Comics’… where the hell DID that chicken go?
Anyway, here’s mine:
To go with my recent comic-related post, here’s a post featuring a whole range (or ‘bunch’ I suppose you could say) of fruit and vegetable related characters from the Carrot Crusader Universe (which currently only consists of one city, and some countryside just outside it’s borders…). This is by no means all of the critters in my head, but I’ve already spent too long on this part of the project, so it’ll do. The first two images are the initial illustrations I did a few (4, maybe 5…) years ago of the Crusader, Dr Potassium and Peachie – I liked them so much I’ve been looking to weasel them into a project ever since, and now I finally have my chance 🙂 Incidentally, the original character of The Carrot Crusader was from a design that I drew when I was probably about 6, so he’s been around a while… sadly I have no idea where that first picture went… I wonder if mum knows?
As previously mentioned in my Apish Advertisements post, this year a few of my fellow classmates and I are entering Thought Bubble, the Leeds based comic convention, with a anthology of comic fun called Defective Comics (I think credit goes to Heather for the name) – a series of two page stories all starting with the sentence “Certainly Officer, my memory is hazy, but it went like this” – or in my case, something very similar 😛
After struggling with a heavy cold, staying up very late and missing a few parties, I’ve finished my entry, and dis how it goes….
As always, click to embiggen, warning, file size may be laaaaarge!
Anyway, I’m really pleased with how this came out, it was a series of firsts for me, as despite being in a Graphic Novel course for 2 years so far, I’ve yet to actually FINISH a comic until now, and although my digital colouring skills have improved a lot recently, I’ve never successfully added text to anything before – the latter could still need some improvement, as it was mostly trial and error, but like I say – very pleased 🙂
As I did all my stages on different sheets, I actually have physical evidence of my working process this time, so I’ve scanned it in for those who are interested, and for anyone who would like to see the final colours minus the text (warning, files are even BIGGER than the last two!)