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 Production Notes

Keep up to date on what we are doing, even when we run silent.

 

little jep - basicwebEpic Canadianamanga studio cutting off characters

The Ghost Woman story I was doing for Cloudscape comics is DONE! I used Eon Comic boards and I really liked them; they were super bright white and smooth so they scanned very well. I also got wrangled into lettering Gwu’s One Flew Over for Epic Canadiana as well, and I used Manga studio 5 for lettering, as usual. I do like that program but I did have some issues with characters getting cut off with the text tool and having to correct them with spaces and other tricks; obviously not a bug free program.

Daqueran

Now that my outside obligations are once again complete, I will be working on Daqueran. I would like to be able to have it complete within a year, and hopefully soon after that I would like to have a trade paperback of the entire series complete. One thing that might delay the paperback is that I would like to re-do the first issue, it was done digitally and I think it’s akward; it was also done a LONG time ago (2007) and it needs to be …better. But I can always have the final chapter complete for next convention season, and then the trade ready at some point in the near future. I hope some people are looking forward to that.

Extinct animal series

The Thylacines are complete! We were selling prints of them at Vancaf this weekend. I am hoping to make an extinct animal art book and I was thinking of throwing in some endangered animals as well, since we are getting requests at conventions for specific animals (Whale Shark has been added to this list).     little gwu - basicweb

One Flew Over

One flew over is finally complete! To my horrible shame I was horribly late with getting it done. All the sick cat drama took so much of my time. Anyway, it’s done and I think it looks good! I’m really excited about that one. We stayed up till 2am finishing. Jepi helped by lettering for me. Patreon patrons have seen a couple pages already but everyone else will have to wait until it’s in print. oneflewover-preview

Hello, Albertosaurus

I didn’t post a Hello, Albertosaurus page this week because I had to prepare for Vancaf but since Vancaf is the last show of the year for us I’ll be back to regular updates next week. I’m going to try to have it printed by next Vancaf so in less than a year we will be posting pre orders for it. I’m so excited!

Conventions

Vancaf has been a huge success for us. We didn’t bring enough comics on the first day and actually sold out around 2pm! We sold all our bags too! We brought them as an experiment to see if they would sell so we didn’t have too many but still surprised! I’m so excited about someone carrying around a hello, albertosaurus bag in the city, haha. You know, someone other than me. We will have more bags in the future and maybe other things too.     When we do conventions like this we get lots of questions on how we get started and stuff like that. So many times people ask how they can get started but there is really only one answer to that question. Make some comics. You can’t think about diving into the convention scene without anything to sell promote. Web comics are a great way to build a following so when you do go to conventions you have something to sell and share.

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Production Notes

Keep up to date on what we are doing, even when we run silent.

 

little gwu - basicweb

It’s been a tough month. Aside from our apartment being in renovation mode (re-piping) so all our furniture and stuff from the bathroom, hall, foyer and half the kitchen being crammed into our living room and studio spaces, I was struck down by a flu, followed immediately by a pretty bad cold. All of that is coming to an end, but it’s left me in a bit of a crunch time. We also had Fan Expo in there. It’s not our favourite convention by any stretch but we get a lot of social media interaction after that convention that makes any of the frustrations worth it. Vancaf is coming up soon, which IS our favourite con. It’s actually the only con that really CLICKS for us. We don’t have the means to run off the to USA or Toronto for other conventions.

Hello, Albertosaurus

I missed one week posting but back to regularly scheduled posts! I’m really loving the scenery in it. We’re up to Page 6 of 14 pages for Chapter 4. I only have layouts done up to half way through chapter 5 so I guess once “one flew over” is done (see below) I’ll be doing that in the spare time between hello, Albertosaurus pages. It takes me roughly 9-10 hours per comic page (from sketch to lettering) so when I also work a 40 hour a week job it takes its share of my “free” time.

One Flew Over

Pages in progress

Pages in progress

This is the comic I am drawing, written by Jason Wilkins (a writer I enjoy working with a great deal!) is for Cloudscapes second volume of Epic Canadiana. I am lucky enough that I got to work on the same characters/ story arc as in the first issue and its been great. the story is awesome so I’m really keen to do a decent job. More motivation came with the arrival of my Eon Comic boards which are luscious to work on. A little pricier when you factor in the shipping costs but worth it given that I enjoy working on them so much, especially with ink.

I’ve got the layouts done on this and I’m working on Pencils. It’s due May 1. I think I can get all the art done by then but I’m a little worried about getting the lettering and stuff done by then. Time will tell. I’m going to try to spread Hello, Albertosaurus out through the weekdays (after work) to fit in more One Flew Over on weekends.

 

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Epic Canadiana 2: Ghost Woman

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Preview panel

ink tipper

Cheese the ink bottle tipper

GW 2

I’ve been using mostly a quill

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Sometimes I use a brush too

 

 

 

 

 

I am running a bit behind with this one, it’s due May first and I’ve one just begun inking.  Our Kitten cheese also knocked over my bottle of new ink I was going to try out, luckily I had some spare Winsor and Newton and Speedball ink hanging around.

Extinct Animal Painting Series

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Dodo and other artwork currently on display at Deserres

I’ve completed the Dodo and it is currently on display in the front window of Deserres (Art Store) on Broadway (1431, West Broadway, Vancouver). The Dodo was painted on Hot Pressed Fabriano paper and inked with Deleter waterproof ink using a Quill pen.

Right now, I am creating a painting of a Thylacine pair, which is my favorite animal. I am using hot pressed fabriano paper again and Winsor and Newton artists quality watercolours because I liked using the quill pen to ink  and I want the series to all look similar. Quill inking does not work well on Soft and Cold Pressed Paper.

One of the challenges of this painting series is finding accurate information on the environment and original habitat of these animals. The information tells you where the animal lived, but images of that area from the time they were alive isn’t available. What you get is modern images which in the case of the Dodo’s natural habitat is now all beach resorts, and I am sure a flightless bird didn’t spend time rolling on a beach.

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Completed ink of Thylacine pair, ready to paint!

Thylacine 5

I often will print multiples of the sketch and test value and colours with markers or watercolour

Thylacine 4

The first splashes of paint!

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In progress inking with light pad and quill pen

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Most up to date of progress: most base colours are in and I’ve started shading

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Original half completed sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daqueran

Fret not Daqueran fans, it is not forgotten, once the Epic Canadiana comic is over I will be doing Daqueran again. I even have some progress for you as I have been thumb-nailing pages! ITS TRUE! I’ll even show you a page of thumnails! I will be happy to finish this story finally, but it doesn’t mean I dont have plans for these characters to come back in additional short comics or something.

Daqueran Layouts/thumb nails for Chapter 7

Daqueran Layouts/thumb nails for Chapter 7

 

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Ames Lettering Guide

Here is a brief overview of the Ames Lettering guide to replace the tutorial that was lost. I’ve redone it in comic form with drawings instead of blurry camera photos, so I hope it is more enjoyable to read. Feel free to comment on this post at the bottom if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.

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Ames4 Ames5

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FanExpo 2015

 

Hello, as you can see our site is slowly coming back together and some things are appearing. It still has a long way to go, however all webcomics and galleries are back up.  There is actually some additional content in the galleries, some of the comics not posted in full before are now available to read in full.

You may have also seen us building up a shop integrated into our website which includes an adorable wishlist! That is all going to be new as well, but it’s not ready yet… well you could play with the wishlist if you want, but it wont really do you any good at the moment.

Back to the point here:

Join us at FanExpo Vancouver April 3-5, 2015! We will be in artists alley at table A45, right near the celebrity area, and we will have some new products for sale!

We will also be at Vancaf 2015,May 23-24 2015, hope to see you there!

 

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