The next three issues of THE FEW are officially underway. Here’s a snapshot of how I create a single panel of art for a page in the comic.
I take the written script, “massage” the text to make it work in a picture format, create a really simple rough of the entire story and send it to the editor for approval. When I receive the go ahead, I refine the art, put it on a light table, do a tight pencil drawing, scan that into the computer an add color with Photoshop.
All I need to do now is repeat this process about three hundred times and the next three comics will be ready to send to the printer.
Developing the character costumes for THE FEW COMIC BOOK SERIES was an interesting riddle to solve.
The Few takes place in a distant future, so the characters needed to have some sort of distinctive futuristic look. The tricky part was that a four part film based on this story (with real live actors) was going to run concurrent with the release of the comics. The film was not scripted yet because the film people needed the comic book story to work from and the comic book story was still being written.
With everything up in the air, I tried to design character costumes that the film people could recreate in some form or fashion for their actors. The outfits are based on everyday items you can find. An army surplus store could supply all the harnessed looking gear, hockey shoulder pads, tight fitting compression sport gear, fingerless bicycle gloves, carpenters tool belts… with a bit of modification all these items could be turned into FEW character clothing. The film decided to go in a more manageable direction and created a prequel film which eliminated the need to create elaborate futuristic sets and costumes. Smart.
So the good news is, it will be super easy for cosplay enthusiasts to create their very own FEW cosplay outfits using everyday items… and yes… Jeron does have Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls taped to his shoulders.
While the general public is not able (at this time) to get the new comic books, rumor has it there are copies floating about… but you kinda have to drive to Falls Creek, Oklahoma to acquire one.
A look behind the curtain as Todd and I put a comic book together.
Dennis: Hey Todd, how ’bout something like this for the cover on the first comic. Todd: Looks good, let’s do it.
(a couple of days later)
Dennis: Ok Todd, the covers are done. Todd: Cool… I thought we decided to wrap the artwork around and onto the back of the comic? Dennis: AARRGGHHHHH!
(a couple of days later)
Dennis: You’re right. I’ll get that fixed…
Hey Dennis, does your new comic book have flying monkeys in it?
No, but it does have flying motorcycles and laser beam stun bolts!
I still have not seen Guardians Of The Galaxy, but it’s on my “to do” list… I have it written in right under “make varsity football team”…
About a month ago, I was asked to help out with the upcoming sermon series at my church. The next thing you know, I’m knee deep in creating a mini Jonah comic book… which you can have for free if you happen to find yourself in Fort Wayne, Indiana on a Sunday morning at The Pointe Church. My main character seemed to morph into Wolverine with a set of pork chop sideburns and he somehow ended up on a crab boat in the Bering Sea so… all in all… an extremely accurate portrayal of the Biblical story by me… especially that crab boat part!!
Derek Taylor, (the church design guy) directed this project, gave me a layout to follow and very clear art direction such as… “ugly vomit scene, the grosser the better” …YES!!
Derek then took the assorted art assets and put together this really great promotional trailer.
I’ve made a living for a lot of years drawing ridiculously goofy pictures, but every once in a while a project comes along where I’m asked to ratchet up the realism just a bit.