SAUCEBOOK! – (today in the studio) II

May 07, 2013

Well, yesterday, actually, but close enough… As you may have picked up on, new pages are in the works for Falling Star. I may have indicated as such previously, but just in case there was any doubt, Falling Star will remain the central focus for the foreseeable future, or rather until there is an issue’s worth of pages ready. How long’s an issue? Good question! There are already some additional pages which have so far only made it in to old fashioned print, in the form of (the now collectable – ha ha!) SAUCE! 0# but I think that 22 pages seems to be the bare minimum. I promise, I will get around to posting the completed pages online soon.

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Anyone we know?

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The writing’s on the wall.

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A daunting perspective.

 

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SAUCEBOOK! – The evolution of a page I

May 03, 2013

Potential spoilers here, so don’t look closely if you’re worried you might see too much, but I thought I’d illustrate my current creative process. Admittedly, it’s something that’s under constant refinement from pretty much every aspect as I discover and experiment with different ways of doing things.

I’ll start with a scene, generally one that’s been in my head for a while, usually as a haphazard collection of images and words. I’ll work on putting them down on paper, sketching and re-sketching until it feels right. I’m spending an increasing amount of time at this stage, really trying to push myself thinking about how to break down the page, what to emphasize, how to keep it flowing and make it dynamic. I think as I practise my scenes are getting longer and longer but I sometimes wonder whether this is a good thing.

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Eventually, when I settle on the final roughs, I’ll start working on the actual pages. I thought I’d try going back to the blue pencil for these pages as it scans cleaner. We’ll see how it goes this time ’round because it also makes it harder to visualise the finished product than graphite. I start with a fairly rough reinterpretation of the sketch, not so much worried about detail but composition and scale.

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And, then I’ll build up the drawing and work out all the finer details and hopefully how the final page will resolve itself. When it comes to the inking part I’m a lot more comfortable if I’ve already made most of the creative decisions using something that can easily be changed.

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Seeing this page now, I don’t think it’s quite right. I’m probably going to work on it a bit more and resolve some of those bits that are starting to bug me…

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Supa-SAUCY-nova!

April 19, 2013

 Well, what an incredibly exhausting but incredibly amazing weekend. As expected the event was extremely busy, however I was fortunately able to grab a couple of snaps before the venue was inundated by the surging hordes of the pop culture hungry.

 Happily, the public debut of SAUCE! was, despite the many (foolish but inevitable) restless nights leading up to Supanova, quite satisfying. I was able to speak to many new folk and had the pleasure to discover just how enthusiastically SAUCE! was generally received. It even sold better than I might have dared to hope, in that a number of absolute strangers were willing to part with their hard earned cash in order to possess a copy. One of the many people who took an interest was a roving reporter from ComicsOnline who was kind enough to ensure that SAUCE! rates a mention in his review of Supanova 2013.

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It’s day one and with mere minutes to go I’m a seething mass of nervous excitement unsure of what to expect next.

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Here’s a closer picture with a clearer view of what I had on display.

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And, this is a picture, taken on the morning of second day, of my attractive and illustrious assistants to whom I am eternally grateful for their help and support throughout this wild event.

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Oh, wow, and here is more documented proof of the product itself!

 So, after such a hugely successful event, where do I go now? Well, on my horizon lies, burgeoning into reality, new pages for Falling Star. Falling Star is probably going to remain my main focus for the moment, however this by no means any indication that I have forgotten about, or lost interest in Office Zombie or John Christie, Detective. I’ll endeavour to document the creative process and post regular updates for your enjoyment!

And, for those of you that work that way there’s now SAUCE! on facebook which I’ll keep fairly closely linked to this site.

Thanks for reading!

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Saucy Preview!

March 29, 2013

And, the postman was kind to me this week as he dropped off a little package containing some more Comic Convention preparations.

I’m quite chuffed with this and I think it turned out much nicer than I dared hope – so, the look of surprise is quite real (obviously, I’m already familiar with the outcome of most of my stories).

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Not much more to do now but wait for the day of reckoning to approach. I’m full of nervous energy and sleep is currently an elusive bedfellow. Well, at least I have some good reading material…

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Conventional Thinking…

March 25, 2013

Ok, so admittedly it has been a while since I’ve posted anything on the site, but don’t take this as an indication that it’s been all quiet on the creativity and productivity front. It has, in fact, been the exact opposite!

My present focus has been about preparing a physical portfolio of work, along with additional enticing promo Give-aways,  for the the approaching Supanova Convention in Melbourne. Full of nervous excitement about this course of action, I now feel I have a deeper understanding of how little dogs feel.

Sadly, my first idea for promotional stickers was a bust, as after reading the small print T&C’s, stickers are apparently a prohibited item at conventions.

Exhibit A, Contraband:

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I guess I’ve got a pile of these for something else now…

After racking my brains for an alternative, my brilliant partner suggested the elegantly simple solution of bookmarks. Despite some (in hindsight, comical) printing theatrics I finally brought home a stack of A4 double sided sheets to be cut into strips.

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Worst case scenario – I can half start a lot of books in the future.

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And, on the back? Cool, huh?

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Yes, that is a previously unseen page. Although, if you scroll back to my previous post, you might find a resemblance to one of the pencilled pages. The pages in my previous post, along with a couple of extras, have all been completed but I’ve held off putting them online for the moment.

However, that hasn’t prevented me from having them, as well as my other comic pages, printed in nice and large A3 for the portfolio. I have to say, it’s been kind of reassuring to have the work actually printed instead of just existing digitally.

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There’s more to come, but for the moment we’re at the mercy of the postman and so we wait…

and wait…

and cross our fingers…

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo is on April 12- 14 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

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