Sketchbook practice

These were a few old pages I dug up in my sketchbook which were actually practices for actual comic pages! Back in the early days when I would get stuck on a pose or a camera angle shot, I’d usually practice in the sketchbook to draw the image I was imagining. This particular shot is from chapter 8 when Kalwa’s having her vicious fight with Rachel, as she cuts the whip and Rachel throws it away. Now day’s I mostly just have it all figured out when I’m doing layout. If I do usually get stuck on a particular shot I really just do multiple roughs and re-draws on the actual panel until I get it right. The upcoming page which I previewed yesterday is an example, I got a little stuck on the back show of Kalwa throwing her phone down, so that particular pose took a good while to make. I also tend to use my action figures to help make poses, though even they have limits. A good chunk of the time I’m simply using imagination and knowledge of human anatomy to do my work.

Update for today

So I know I was pretty quiet today on the site. Well I had noted on my personal facebook page that that might be the case. SDCC at home started today and I was exploring it a little bit, saw a nice documentary by Alex Ross. Plus I got kind of a Christmas load in the mail today and spent a large portion of the day rearrange and reorganizing my space. So between comic con and major re-works to my space, I kinda got worn down and drained for the day. However I did do a little bit of work on the next page which actually turned out to be very complicated. The image of Kalwa throwing her phone down took forever to get to, so I couldn’t really advance much. However here is an image of the work so far. It’s a bit of busy week for me and this next page won’t be up till sunday this week. However I will be giving out a few more sketches and concepts this week to help keep the site updated. More great stuff is coming very soon.

Dialogue art

So I was putting in reworked dialogue on chapter 2 and decided to share little shot right here and explain a little thing about creating comics. Over the course of writing and drawing Kalwa I’ve learned to get really artsy with text balloons. It’s kinda been a growing skill ever since we started this comic. One factor I’ve grown to work on doing is the use of text to guide the reader. In the old days, artists use to put arrows down to guide the reader from panel to panel, personally I’ve always hated that as I feel it basically gives up an artistic touch and it’s generally sloppy. One way I try to guide readers is the placement of text balloons, creating a chain of pet which will guide the reader across the page and follow the panel order that I intend, as can be demonstrated in this particular page right here.

One factor I’ve learned and have tried to exploit is to make the WHOLE page an artistic piece, not just a collection of individual pictures. I like to play around with placement and texts so that the entire page feels important, it’s actually an artistic method that can ONLY be done with wholes and can’t be done with individual panels that can found on websites like webtoons. This allows my comic and layouts to be unique and special and experience you can only get by reading my comics whole and not just on a panel by panel basis.

Chapter 22 page 16!

The tale has been told, but now comes the REQUEST? Why has Kalwa been brought before this group of individuals, what do they really want from her? The answer that will reshape this entire story is revealed TODAY in the latest page. Click the thumbnail below and see what’s going on!

Victor Production Sketch

Before his official reveal in chapter 19, Victor went through a number of revisions ranging from hair to clothing choice. Some of these concepts haven’t been completely ruled out of the story given future plans. This sketch was done shortly around the time Victor’s final design approval hence why he looks pretty much the same as the final story. There is a major piece of this production art worth noting, you will note the glove shows that Victor with four fingers, with the pinky essentially being merged with the ring finger. Originally when writing the story, I wanted to have Victor’s wife give her some kind of permanent mark shorty before her death, and she was originally supposed to (accidentally) have cut off Victor’s right pinky in a desperate attempt to stop his killing spree forever. Right before officially drawing Victor’s shadowy look in chapter 19, I ultimately abandoned the idea of him missing a finer as I felt it would be too difficult to consistently remember to draw Victor exclusively with four fingers. Instead his injury was changed to a stab in his palm with poor stitching, this way he cold also hide the scare under his gloves. Just a little fact for you all to take home about Victor.

Chapter 22 Page 15!

Page 15 of chapter 22 is now officially up on the site. This is the big one of the chapter, for this page provides the answer as to why A-Tech has made time traveling cellphones and what exactly they are using them for. Discover the answer to long waiting question today by clicking the thumbnail and reading the latest page!

Kalwa and Zack as kids

A quick little sketch I drew a little while ago when the original sketch fo the two got pretty popular after I reposted it. I’m actually thinking of going back to doing the Kid Kalwa mini comics again, a few ideas are starting to come to mind.

Early Rachel Designs

These are some early sketches of Rachel from when we were working on the western arch. Rachel actually went through a few designs initially mainly because I didn’t known exactly how a cowgirl dressed. My initial believe was they all just dressed like cowboys, however at the same time I wanted to make their designs unique and easy to recognize. One particular note I wanted for Rachel was that she would wear earrings and other jewelry (even though they were a bit after her time) as a sign that she was the leader and the jewels showed that she was a winner with trophies. Even if they were before her time, she could have maybe come up with the idea herself and did it just for her. Her final design didn’t take form until I looked up some cowgirl photos and noticed they were wearing skirts, which helped shape her design most notably, as her skirt got a little longer with each design. I did try to keep her skirt maybe mid leg length as she was an athletic fighter who needed room to maneuver. So that’s a little fun fact you can take home about Rachel.

Chapter 22 Update!

And so Chief continues with his story to Kalwa and Zack, but what information will come out today? Does the item in the thumbnail look familiar, maybe you’ve seen it in a previous chapter before? Well now your finally gonna get the answer about what it is. Click the thumbnail below and read on!