Sunday Sketch: Sato Dojo

Sunday Sketch once again, this time it’s a location sketch. So this is a sketch area map of the Sato Dojo, of course the main setting for the Japanese arch. I always try to map out locations, though kinda have a bad habit of not double checking sketches when I start drawing them in the comic.

There was supposed to be a lot more plant life around the dojo, including Cherry Blossoms at the training ring. But I kinda forgot to draw them in there, or maybe I just thought it would be easier not to. I actually looked back on these for the pages that will be uploaded this week and forgot about the location of the lower servant housing.

Also looking back on it, I cant believe I put the servant hot spring so far away from the housing area. This would mean a long walk from the hot spring to the housing, especially if a servant wanted to walk with only a towel. I really got to better use these sketches in the future for new locations.

Sunday Sketch: Realistic Kalwa

The first of many Sunday Sketch’s to come. So for the longest time I’ve wanted to draw Kalwa in a more realistic like style. I actually tried several time over the years but just did not like her appearance all that much. During lunch at the day job I’ve been practicing drawing fan characters and practicing other art styles, studying the art style of artist such as J Scott Campbell who, like me, likes to draw pretty girls. So here’s what’s come of the practice so far. Any feedback would be appreciated to help improve the craft.

Jacob And waylons Sketches

Going way back to some pics that were never shared at the time. So these are the first sketches of Jacob and Waylons who debuted in the Western Arch. Waylons mostly remained the same to the final design, with the only exception being details to the coat. While I did do the drawing, it was mostly my co-writer who developed Waylons, he had a very specific idea of how he would look and even came up with his whole backstory.

Jacob comes with a backstory of his own. My initial idea with Jacob was to have him look like a polite little boy, as he was meant to be Waylon’s little helper. His initial design can be seen on the right of his sketches. However I totally crazy design I came up with was Jacob wearing a coat and boots that were far too big for him. The idea behind this design is that Jacob admires Waylons and seeks to become like him. As such he wears these overly large boots and coat in hopes to grow into them one day. So if you ever wondered as to why his clothes were too big, that’s why.

Lunch Time sketch Roundup

So I mentioned this on the official Kalwa facebook page, I started bringing my sketchbook to my day job, mainly for lunchtime. I have a tendency to eat my lunch super fast and then I have the remainder of an hour to sit around and do nothing. Since it’s pretty hard for me to use the sketchbook at home after a full day of working on the regular artwork, I decided to bring it and use the sit down time to work on some art. These sketches range from just plain practice (like the action scenes) to concept which is also practice for future chapters (such as the ponytail Kalwa) to some style experimentation (such as the realistic sketch below).

All these sketches get uploaded via photo shoot on the facebook page as they are finished. They will be uploaded here to this website in edited format once I get enough of them. So enjoy the show here, and if you want to check out the facebook page, the link is always in the sidebar on this website.

From the Sketchbook: The Tribe

So I know it’s been a while since I uploaded some sketches from the sketchbook, the reason has to do with the scanner, I also wanted to wait a little as we got more story out. So right here from the sketchbook I’m presenting some sketches of the Tribe, who debuted in issue 22. For some backstory, I really had no real model for how each of these characters would look like except for the chief and the simple idea that his “second” would be a female. These faces were were mostly just drawn up and designed and fine tuned to fit the characters. I actually intend there to be about thirteen to fourteen members of the tribe, but just couldn’t design that many characters in the amount of time. So actually in chapter 22, there are a few shadowed characters in the background as blank slates for future designs.

The chief I wanted to have facial hair as a way to establish him as the leader. Since we had earlier done a western story arch, I was actually trying to get some facial features from that era worked into the chief given the the eventual background that will develop from these characters. The chief went through probably about four possible designs before finally settling on the current one. My model was actually John Hammond from the first Jurassic Park film as I felt he was the type of senior citizen who looked like he would be out and active in the world. From his open shirt to his bamboo hat, this was my idea of the type of senior citizen who would fit this story. Many of the chief’s final designs such as his potbelly and few other facial features actually were finalized on the spot of chapter 22, as you can see here the sketch looks a little lankier and thinner, although I did make notes to myself while designing it.

Carol the second in command of the tribe I wanted to be young and female. Those who follow my work should note that I mostly draw female characters as opposed to male and the reason is that I value strong female characters over male as I feel they are rarer to find in entertainment. Carol was supposed to look like a working girl, someone who was higher up and could instantly jump into the role of leader if need be. Her design was actually inspired by Sora from Digimon Adventure, and I even had pictures of Sora without her helmet out while I was drawing her. Unfortunately that ultimately resulted in her first design (girl on second image) looking far too young than what I intended. The second design (2nd female in third image) was much more along the lines of what I initially wanted.

I do think if I had to pick one, Mikeal was probably the character whose design I liked the most, and his final drawings in the actual chapter were breathtaking for me draw. He will defiantly be one of the more vital members of the tribe in future stories.