Famine’s Shadow…

Back in 2012 I was contacted by horror writer Rachel Deering (Anathema) to do work on a short story for a future anthology called In the Dark. Rachel wrote a great 12 page script for me, and being the fan of short stories that I am, I gladly tried my hand at it…

Character sketches. Famine went through a redraw. In the original script, she was supposed to be naked…but naked hunched over old ladies is a little too horror-show for me. XD

Some page layouts. I usually do these on graph paper so I can construct the panels with an underlying grid. I find this helps me to keep pages readable. I also try to get down my black reference at this stage, so I’ll know where all the heavy shading will be when I ink.

I try to work out most of the drawing in the pencil stage, though I will do some final tweaking as I ink.

The fellas at South Fellini were kind enough to help me put together a video of me inking page 6. As you ca see, my inks are all done by hand (even the boarders), mostly with a brush. I used a combination of Chinese painting brushes and watercolor brushes on these pages. Sorry to anyone who isn’t a Cephalic Carnage fan. I know that jazz fusion grindcore isn’t a very popular genre, but it’s usually what I listen to while I work.

And here’s that page I was inking.

I wanted to keep a simple, limited color palette for this story. I was able to achieve some nice gradients and shading using halftones and very subtle textures.

This story will be coming out in the In the Dark andthology, published by IDW!

Lookit what came in the mail today! My Dexter’s Lab alt cover!

Lookit what came in the mail today! My Dexter’s Lab alt cover!

Stealth mode! #orcscomic #comics #process #pencil

Stealth mode! #orcscomic #comics #process #pencil

Wow. Those squirrels look pissed. Penciling some ORCS comic today. #comics #orcscomic #pencil

Wow. Those squirrels look pissed. Penciling some ORCS comic today. #comics #orcscomic #pencil

Spending the morning finishing up my ORCS comic roughs.  Tomorrow: pencils.

Spending the morning finishing up my ORCS comic roughs. Tomorrow: pencils.

Digital coloring demo from today’s class (left) and original sketchbook scan (right).

Digital coloring demo from today’s class (left) and original sketchbook scan (right).

Starting in on final round of thumbnails for this one…

Starting in on final round of thumbnails for this one…

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