Friday, March 30, 2012

Mehr als Kumpels wünschen einen wunderbaren Frühling!

Einen schönen, frühlingshaften April wünsche ich (der hoffentlich neben den sprichwörtlichen Apriltagen auch mit Kirschblütentagen wie diesem aufwarten wird)!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Short evolution of a comic cover

Step 1: Pencils
Sorry, no picture for this stage... (wonder where I put it. My studio desperately needs a spring cleaning...)

Step 2: Inking
The inks on this one are purely digital. I actually inked the different elements in separate layers, so the subsequent coloring of the lines would be easier, plus, I could easily rearrange individual figures etc.

Step 3: Coloring
After the initial natural coloring I decided to go with the simpler but bolder blue-orange complementary contrast. The coloring itself is quite flat, giving it a slight retro look, but I colored some linework of the figures, ship and moons to add more depth to it. 

Step 4: Logo
Speaking of bold... this logo goes where no logo went before I think. ;) The look and shape of the logo was actually part of the whole composition before I started drawing. I also created another - even more retro - logo version later on that I will probably share in a future post.

Okay, that's it. Ready for takeoff, Unearthers!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How to draw comic characters my way

Okay, dudes... I think there are artists much more talented than me, but you demanded it, so you get it. I work in different styles, but this is a drawing technique I feel most excited about these days, since it looks modern and traditional at the same time. Since it also eliminates the inking part it also is a quite time-saving way to draw, which is always an advantage.
The character himself - like the other character concepts you see in the header and background - is for a new science fiction comic project that's in the planning stages.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tree Spirit

I'm always excited when a job combines the three things I love the most - drawing, nature and spirituality. Designing the mascot for the German non-profit organization Baumgeister e.V. was such a job.
As you can see, I had some very different ideas, ranging from serene to silly, and was delighted to see that the board went for the simplest and most playful one in the end.

Baumgeister e.V. ist supporting nature awareness and spirituality, organizing rituals and modern Druid camps. You can find more about them (in German language) here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

He works hard for the money...

... and unfortunately cannot share most of the new stuff at this moment, since it's stuff for companies.

Unbelievable. It's been almost two months since my last blog post; two months in which I have done bread-and-butter jobs mostly. It's been getting quite unsatisfying the last couple of weeks, having to change details in artwork most of the time because some corporate guy demands it (which doesn't necessarily make the art better!). Sometimes it feels like they are saying: "Yeah, it's EXACTLY YOU we want. Now, can you draw a bit less like you and more like artist XY..." Strange.

So I am currently focussing on the intention to earn more of my income with the thing I love - comics. I am also focussing on actually making that easy. You know, it all comes down to the law of attraction. ;)

The commercial stuff is done for the moment and I can spend more time on drawing MY stuff - which mostly means reinventing my drawing style that's been in constant flux over the last year. From cartoony to more realistic, and - as of these new character concepts - settling somewhere in the middle between the two, which feels really comfortable and, yes, EASY.

More to come soon, folks!