Month: August 2012

WIP Panel


This is a really small panel delivering an action beat in the storyline. What happens is that the car Mr. Valen(tino) Gorzka is in derails for from the meglev tracks. Without this small panel-within-panel, you don’t really have a reason why. Somethings don’t need to be explained in a story, but something’s ruin the credibility or how believable the story is without the details.

So some parts short-circuit due to poor maintenance and magnet malfunctions, causing a tiny explosion that throws the car.

This is all Photoshop with tablet + some watercolour textures. I’ve also never used Dissolve as a Layer style in my life until I made this.

WIP Panel Lettering

0018 WIP Panel Sound Letter Sequence

So here’s a panel I posted some close ups of a while ago. It’s watercolour and ink on watercolour paper with salt effects. This panel was made conscious of the fact I planned to put in this sound-effect lettering, so hence why so much background was left open. The lettering is done in Photoshop once this is scanned in, with the font, Mainframe, from I hope the sound-effect adds to the tension and makes you question why he is so calm when there is this much urgency.

NSWF Work in Progress 3 SUMMER 2012


I hope you noticed some of those small anatomical mistakes in the last one. Like the face – how all the features were really on the side of her head, and twisted sideways. Go compare, see the difference. Imagine that in real life, how it would look like. It really affects the image.

Now some mistakes I make on purpose which won’t effect the believabilty of this image, such as a purposely wrong tilt of the eyes – they just look better this way to me, and convey whatever emotion I feel the need to dump in this image.

What’s up with the crinkly dress thing? I don’t know. I for some reason feel attracted to crinkled alumin right now. This is my old skool anime watercolouresque skin tone.

NSWF Work in Progess 2 SUMMER2012


Here are the previously mentioned sketches layered on top of each other. I draw this way to get down anatomy; I don’t pretend to ‘know’ the perfect shape of everything at ever angle. I’m saying that because I see so much stuff out there where poses are traced, body parts copied straight from a picture… #animefanart anyone? It’s not about memorizing lines. You don’t learn to draw the way you learn to play piano. I will probably say it time and time again in the future: don’t be lazy, learn human anatomy.

NSWF Work in Progess SUMMER2012



My posts are retrospective, so looking at this after the fact is interesting. This is a first complete sketch after laying down some basic lines – it’s really 3 sketches later. After this, I do lineart, but as I am doing lineart, I actually continue to fix errors. Such as the many in proportions across in her abdomen, her behind, legs, face…

These kind of images I make for a Kit Kat Break… I have problems focusing and committing to one thing; I only really get things done by allowing myself to indulge in meaningless distractions…such as naked angel ladies posing for nothing really. These images are actually harder to complete though for the lack of forethought. My other images, I mull over in my mind or on paper till I’ve come to terms with something I find acceptable; so, when I create them, it actually gets progressively easier as there are less and less decisions. This is more like throwing shit at fan and hoping it lands pretty…all chance.


This here is a test I made to show my studio teacher and to have something to refer to on my studio wall. He didn’t have much to say overall for my mid-term. Since the semester started in June, he has not made any effort to learn about comics so that he can actually provide insight into my work and even though he’s formerly a painter, he seems to have nothing to say about the aesthetics either. I’m not mad. This is NSCAD. I don’t expect anything more because the standard for this school is at a low.



I have layouts drawn out for pretty much each page and panel for episode 1 of this yet-to-be-titled comic, so I basically take a ratio of the size of the panel and scale it up to draw a bigger image. I’m also really terrible at actually applying my mathematical intelligence, so of course I completely screw up. The top panel has the dimensions applied backwards. It should be wider than taller… yup. Fortunately, this is only buildings and you don’t notice I had to stretch out the image. I’m also forced to squish the panel below. That was a close one…

This is just to see how these look together, as I’ve yet to put any of my panels into a page-by-page solid layout on the computer. This is page 2, so it would be on the left side of the book; the second panel is meant to bleed. Oh yeah, neither of these are done.