In a follow up to last week’s post. This is the second of my pinups for the upcoming Boo! Anthology due out in October. For the record this may be the first painting I’ve ever done that my son said actually creeped him out. Monsters? Killers? Zombies? No problem. Bats? He asked me to only paint this when he wasn’t around to see me working on it.
I’ll call that a success then.
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Over at the illopond. Folks are putting the last touches on the next Anthology, due some time in October. It’s called BOO!.
I didn’t do a full story this time around, as I’m swamped getting the next chapter of the Steam War done, and also working on another comic I haven’t announced yet. (soon, just not now) And while I did want to participate I simply didn’t have the time to add another comic to the schedule. But this anthology is breaking the mold of the other two a bit. As there are a number of smaller contributions in the book. I laid claim to 2 pages
The scalpel guy from a few posts back was initially going to be one of those pages. However it was deemed it might be a bit mature for the crowd the rest of the stories ended up settling at. And really I can’t argue that. It’s a bit more actual menace than the book is really aiming for. SO, on that note I broke out the pencils, ink, and paint and did two other pinups. This was the first.
This one was me revisiting a painting I did years ago of a scarecrow with a crow on its’ shoulder. In the earlier painting I feel like I kind of missed the mark and ended up fighting my materials too much. Which is never a good place to be when working with water based paint. So yeah, I took this as an opportunity to have another go at it.
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I’m working up some pin ups for an upcoming kids horror anthology through the illopond. I’m using them as a good means to play with different tools and techniques than what most of my comics based work is done with. I’ve inked with a brush almost exclusively for a number of years. It felt good breaking out the crow quill and nibs for this one. I honestly don’t remember the last time I used nibs before this. The original is black and white ink on bristol board.
*ETA I just noticed I typo’ed “scalpel” when saving the file. Man I’m awesome!
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I sat down last week and worked up the cover image for the latest chapter I’ve written for Tales of the Great Steam War. Which will continue to explore the world in which these characters live. And the consequence of the war they fight.
For this one I decided I wanted to do something in a more Propaganda Poster style.
And since this chapter will focus on the fate of the Prussian Sniper introduced at the end of Chapter One I started by researching images of German posters. With that in mind and some MORE research, I landed on the idea of using the Prussian Eagle and the Totenkompf/Death’s Head badge. At the relative time this story is set in the Totenkompf had not yet been co-opted by the Nazis and was still thought of as the unit insignia of the Death’s Head Hussar. A cavalry regiment dating back to I think the Napoleonic era.
So with a head full of research, plenty of thumbnails and some reference images. I sat down and drew this ink drawing.
Then added the drawing to the type I had done up in the cpu. Did some colors and added some texturing/aging. This is where it was when I first posted it for critique over at the illopond.
After a really helpful round of critiques both online and with folks I know here locally. I did a handful of minor quick changes. And landed on this, which is where I may sign off on this one. Although as always feedback is most welcome. Let me have it!
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That’s right folks. While this blog post is a bit overdue, you can now procure your very own copy of this for your shelf at Indy Planet.
Here’s a link for your convenience: 8: A Steampunk Anthology
If you’re keeping score at home I’ve already started the groundwork to continue on with more Tales of the Great Steam War, now that this story is in the can.
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For the anthology I’ve been working on, each contributor was to produce a cover splash image for their story, as well as an 8 page comics story. This is what I came up with for the cover of my section of the book. The drawing is done in coffee, ink, and gouache on illo board.
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