This was my storyboard assignment. The goal of the assignment was to tell the story with no dialog. Pictures only. And I was limited to ONLY 10 PANELS! The story is somewhat based on a Welsh fairy tale with a twist. I am curious how you interpret this storyboard /comic. If you have the time, tell me what you think it the narrative is. :). I noticed there is a fine line between sequential art and storyboarding. Using a fixed picture frame and seeing the picture frame as the eye of the camera takes away the complexity of panel layout and design and helps me just worry about what is important… The narrative. I will be performing a test run of ‘storyboarding’ my Alexis Hawkenstone story. Since I am such messy writer. The visual aspect of storyboarding/comics might be a better fit for my story.
Finally . The first comic from a project I been working on and of six months on. It is a 3d rendered comic /animation hybrid (the animation will be lacking for some time). The Cheetah is a little rough still. only the dragon is finished. The dragon is not Alex though, the alligator is. The dragons name is Derrick. I’m actually am still working on the alligator but will start using him in test renderings as well. I brought back the unicorn from the dead, and was able turn the old dragon model into a lizard chick, so I have most of the cast ready. We need to start making sets for the characters to live in My friend is helping out on the project but so far I have done a majority of the work so far. I’m positive he will be very helpful and this will become a co-op project. But just in case he does bale out on me, I have a backup plan.. removing the cheetah character. The only elements he has helped out with so far is the design of the cheetah character and this test panel. But he sounds serious in helping me make the comics , joke ideas, the stage sets and promoting the thing so I don’t think I have anything to worry about.
Update: Really goofed up. Fixed some issues Weaver pointed out. Added some more refinement to the shading. The most annoying thing I did was draw the body using modules but I drew the stupid face as a symbol. oh well.
Story: This is a happy go lucky kid that lives in dark town hiding many secrets.
Starting a new 30 day project like I did with the 30 day portrait challenge a few months ago. The theme is characters. I thought I would start out with something simple. A young boy. I shouldn’t draw so late. I think it came out decent but it could of been better if I did a little more research and a few more prelim sketches. Maybe a more interesting shirt would help? I made the hands ginormous and had to shrink them down. I prefer the black and white version to the color one. Let me know what you think. Don’t be shy, I won’t bite.
Update: I decided focus on my portfolio with design and illustration projects. So I wont be doing this list for a while
List of characters I will be drawing during the 30 day challenge. Each will have a different background story, gesture, and I ‘hope’ I can give each a distinct personality.
Space Solder Male
Space Solder Female
Cat Woman (not the comic character)
Might not be the smartest thing for a mouse to do… I enjoy doing these fun little drawings with animals. I like the interaction between the two characters. It’s also one of the few drawings I have done where the horizon line is not visible. I painted this in Photoshop with Wacom tablet.
To my excitement WordPress has notified me that I have 500 wordpress readers following my blog (635 readers total). A big thank you goes out to all my readers and everyone who has been watching my work , commenting, and giving me feedback. It means a lot to me and has given me motivation to continue improving myself as a artist. 😀
Alec is finally completed and is ready. He is a co-protagonist for a comic-animation project. He is a humanoid dragon that lives a modern world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. This model was made for both animation and as a reference for the comic. I went all the way and made his face very dragon like, removing all the human elements (with the exception of the eyes) such as hair and eyebrows. Gave him a dragon snout. Shrunk his eyes, added many horns, changed the ears to make them more fin like. Added a bone jaw. Curved out his neck and made the connection on the back of the skull (like a reptile) instead of connecting to the bottom of the cranium (like a human). Added the textures to the model. I wanted his face to scream ‘Dragon’ despite being humanoid and having no wings. Originally Alec’s skin color was a golden orange but I changed it to white for two reasons. It’s more readable, and since he’s a dragon which is usually associated with ‘monster’, giving him white scales associates him with ‘good’ since that is what the trope tells us, it kinda a balancing act.
It might seem odd to have a dragon as a main protagonist instead of a villain or loyal steed. There seems to be two stereotypes for dragons in popular media, one is that of a ruthless monster ( usually the main villain) that is usually burning down villages, capturing damsels, and sleeping on bucket loads of treasure (AKA Beowulf, St George). The other stereotype is that a dragon is the equivalent of a loyal pet steed aka “man’s best scaly friend” (AKA How to Train Your Dragon). Alec fits into neither of those stereotypes but has to deal with them on a daily basis. However Alec’s personality is ‘dragon’ like. Most of the humor with be about the stereotypes and cliches in our culture and flipping it on it’s head. For example, the two main protagonists are a dragon and a cheetah, the main villains in the project is a rabbit and a mouse. I intentionally flipped the roles. Why are deceased infested rodents that spreed plague and death considered heroes in popular fiction? Why are lizards and reptiles the bad guys in films, when in real life most reptiles are pretty docile? Why is a domesticated dog character never the villain but there are plenty of villainous domesticated cat characters?
You might of notice that I have had been developing two different dragon characters for two separate unrelated projects. At first they both look very different but as I got better drawing dragons the two characters looks have merged together. The major difference is that Chris is a more traditional western style dragon that walks on all fours. Alec is a humanoid with a dragon’s head and tail.
I’ve also included a turnaround of the model so you can see him at different angles, a some facial expression tests. I was also curious if Alec’s design would allow him to stand on all fours. To my surprise, he can. I could think of some good gags with him doing this. It’s rather odd thing to see. Cruz the Cheetah is next on my list to finish.
The last render is a test pose with Alec sitting. For fun I used my own paintings as decorations for the wall 🙂
A ‘quick’ sketch of Tintin. For some reason I had trouble with rendering Tintin’s hair, I got the rest of the sketch was done rather quickly but I just couldn’t ‘see’ the hair as a shape. I got so stuck on it, I just couldn’t focus tonight.
I watched ‘Tintin and the Land of the Sharks’ on Netflix today. The animation was decent, the story was interesting if not a bit predictable, and the vocals where not bad… with the exception of one character. Captain Haddock’s voice in the movie is the equivalent of a thousand chalkboards being scratched in unison. So if you can actually stand Haddock’s voice, there is a decent movie in there. It felt slow in parts, even though it was only a hour and twelve minutes long.
Tintin (C) Herge
Couldn’t Sleep. Decided to work on the 3d model of Dragon Alec. The actual modeling portion of Alec is almost done. the model consist of 10 various morphs, making it my most complex model yet. Reworked the face of Alec. It just wasn’t draconian enough. I wanted his face to resemble a more western style dragon. His snout needed to be long and pointed. since I had limited geometry to move around, I pushed it out as far as possible. My only worry is it will make it difficult to make the dragon talk when I animate him. I decided against wings for his design, as it would make him t0o draconic. Like most funny animals, not only does he have to resemble a person but a animal as well, adding wings would lean the scales too much toward the animal side. feet are now dragon like with nails and digitigrade design. Added some fins to the head. I just need give the hands dragon like nails and fix a minor glitch in the ear. Then I can texture and paint the scales. Will probably jump to Cruz and work on him for a while beforehand.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated. I have dragons on the brain. However I’ve have been working on a interesting illustration involving a man in a parachute… and zombies! Will upload it as soon as it’s finished. Started sketching dragons a week ago in a more traditional way. Need to start finishing my paintings again by adding details. Tried my best at details with this piece, even watched a short tutorial on how to add dragon detail patterns such as scales…so I attempted it but I didn’t feel I did too well. One thing I am happy with is the dragon’s face. I was tempted to just crop the painting just showing the head and neck. Only spent about a hour and a half on it so it isn’t too bad for the time spent. Used Photoshop and a wacom tablet. Any tips and pointers on adding details to dragons are appreciated.