Friday, January 30, 2009

Need some suggestions for new comic project...

Hi folks,

This blog needs more love, so I figured I'd make a post here. As some of you may know, I'm working on a new webcomic idea that involves a main character that resembles, but is not in fact Neil Gaiman. There are also children with various supernatural abilities, and a village that can't be seen from the outside.

Anyway, I'm still working on the style I want to use for this comic, and I think I hit upon something today. This is a quickie pencil sketch I did, and colored in Photoshop Elements. I did some fancy thing with a brush set to "color" mode over the pencil lines to give them a little "pop", and I sort of like how it looks. What do you think? Could I get away with doing a whole comic in this style? (Click on the image below for a bigger version.)

The example, btw, is a gift art I did for my friend Elise, of her novel characters. Just an FYI, not that it has any real bearing on the rest of this post, aside from the fact that these characters will not be in my comic.

Feedback is very welcome!



  1. Oooh, I love that! It gives the image a little more depth and character than flat lines, IMHO. I say go for it.

  2. i like it! it's very flowy and fun!

  3. I like this coloring style- although it seems like you might need more atmosphere for this story- not that this picture lacks it, only that it doesnt show how you might handle it- since this picture required fairly straightforward lighting.

    I am so exited about this prospective project of yours :)

  4. I totally agree on the lighting and atmosphere, Terry. One of the things I hope to accomplish with this new comic project is to get better at those two things.

    Also, thanks for the comments and feedback, everyone! :D

  5. It's very effective and sounds quick, but some of lines, such as in the female's hair, need a bit of polishing or thickening still.