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SV page updates Chapter 02

I finally got these done. It took a while since I had to get used to my new job. Well,  I guess it’s time to move on to chapter three. Old ones are to the left/on top. New ones to the right/bottom.

In slightly related news, I’ve begun to use some photo reference. The results are frequently good so I’ll be using it a lot more from now on. Here are some examples:

Serial killer face! Ehum, anyway, that last self-portrait is the only one I’ve made that I don’t hate. Hey, working with color is fun, I should do that more. Oh wait, I have a 100 page chapter to draw. Dang. Well, I haven’t been all that active on this blog but I’ll try to step up the pace. There is some material I’ve managed to do this summer, I guess. We’ll start with that…..soon.

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“Lake” & SV Guest Feature

Two posts in three days? I’m not sure what I’ve been smoking but I sure want some. Bad jokes aside, it’s time for some features! Let’s start off with that comic project I talked about last time:

Let me introduce the comic “Lake”. It’s about a guy named (wait for it): Lake. He wields magical cards of many types, looks like he just came from a Sisters of Mercy concert and is traveling his world trying to hide from his past. Sounds exciting? We’re going for two updates a week, starting today with this pretty cover.

As you might figure from the cover; this comic is the brainchild of Ronald Betfjord. He’s asked me to help him with cleaning, coloring, screentones, translation, dialogue and some general ideas. READ IT!

Let’s move on to the Silver Vein guest art. So, the book might take a bit longer to get done but I received some really nice guest art for the book that I want to show off. It’s a nice chance for a little guest feature that I’ve wanted to do for a while. So here goes:

RONALD BETFJORD

Yep, squirrels again. Ronald seems to have caught on to one of Ailys’s national pastimes. Chasing small animals with your trusted knife & dog. Ronald has just recently gotten himself a blog but I suspect there’ll be some stuff happening there soon.

ANNA LANDIN

Anna Landin – creator of fictional universes involving more characters than people you know and illustrator of amazing & pretty things. She’s recently gotten more into colour with amazing results. Here she’s showing us what Silver Vein would be like if Whisper was actually cute.

LINUS REMAHL

Ah, Linus. Every paper he touches turns into an awesome picture. Now a professional illustrator. Damn/bless him.

DANIEL OLSÈN

Is there anything this guy can’t do? From concept art for games to all kinds of illustrations & comics. From black & white to color, Daniel gets it all done with an incredible sense of style.

OLOV REDMALM

If there’s one person I wouldn’t want to be trapped in a dark room with, it’s Olovs imagination. This guy manages to make ME scared of my own character. Need I say more? Check out his fantastic webcomic Wayfar and have a look at the amazing short film based on the prologue of Wayfar.

SO, those are the features.

Now that the first volume of Silver Vein is pushed back, there’s plenty of time. Feel left out? Didn’t have time to get it right? Didn’t hear of this ’till now? Keep the art coming, friends, and I’ll put it in the book. Anyway, SPX draws near. I’ll see all of you who are going in a few days!

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Change of plan

Due to a tricky economic situation and being unable to find a good printing-house; the first Silver Vein-book will not be printed in time for SIS/SPX 2012. It just didn’t work out for me this year. This has created some interesting opportunities though. I found out that the printing-house I originally intended to use (but couldn’t thanks to the long shipping time) offers double the pages I wanted in the book for 1/3 the price compared to what I found here, in Gothenburg. So instead of rushing to print the book now, I intend to wait until I finish making chapter three and then include it in the book. This will allow me to make an affordable 200+ page book with plenty of time to revise some pages I don’t like and add more extras. In the end, I think it will be worth it. I’ll still be going to SIS though, as I want to meet friends and get to know more people in the comics community here.

Anyhow, have some pics:

This is an anatomy exercise turned Silver Vein concept-art. For once I didn’t hate working with colours. This might also be some of the brightest colors I’ve used in a picture so far. Anyway, I’m spending some time doing random pics and practicing anatomy after finishing work on the book. The cooldown-period I need after big projects is starting to disappear.

Some random doodles.

Another Howl-pic. This one was another anatomy-excercise.

That’s it for this time. I’ll have one more post done before SPX. It will feature the guest art I received for the SV-book and also a whole new comic project I’m working on with a friend. Look forward to it.

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Cover & Doodles

Yeah, I’ve been a little stressed out lately. A lot of stuff has come in the way of finishing chapter two of Silver Vein. Now that I’m done with it, though, I can finally turn my attention towards working on the collected version. Fortunately, I found a print shop that can print it in about a week. So there’s still hope. Now, about the guest art. As I’m about to start the book I need it handed in this coming week. Wednesday or thursday would be best. I’ll be printing in 300 dpi A5, so send me a sendspace link or something similar when you’re done with the pic.

Anyway, time for some pics!

Drew this yesterday. I'm already starting to transition into "practicing skills mode" it seems.

I had some time for doodles lately.

And now for a peek at the cover for the book that I’m working on.

That’s it for now. I’m working on a new comic project and I’ll start storyboarding for a new SV chapter soon. But that’s a story for another day.

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Book and guest art

I’ve been busy lately with trying to find a job and working on my comic so of course this site has been dead for a while. But I have some news today:

To start of, I can gladly say that I’m almost done with chapter two of Silver Vein. In fact, I’m going to start posting two pages every day from today on. If you prefer reading it in one go, just look out for the next blog-update instead. Others will find my smackjeeves account or drunk duck account on the right, under “other accounts”.

Now then, about the book. I still intend to try having a collected version of chapters 1-2 done in time for SPX. Since there is so little time I’m not sure if I’ll actually make it, but if I do I might have a few pages left for guest art. So, artist friends, anyone feel like making a quick silver vein-doodle? It’ll have to be in black and white. IF the book won’t be done in time and you still have a pic done I’ll just feature it here on this blog instead. I’m going to provide some pics of the main characters design for inspiration (but not too much, the small differences are the fun parts of guest art). You also have the first chapter to go through if you need more material. Anyway, to the interested: have fun and here’s the pics:¨

Lastly, this is a good reference for the sword.

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Overdue

This is a bit late since I’ve been busy and have had some scanner-related issues.  That last post was a bit depressing so let’s talk about the good things that has happened.

I’ve somehow managed to get a hold of decent mac, a student licence for Adobes CS5 Design Premium and Manga Studio 4 Debut. I’ve also finished the second japanese course, started training and waking up early. Now I just have to find a job and things might start looking up.

Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been doing:

A Nausica-fanart I drew this summer before moving. Never got around to coloring it.

A test in Manga Studio. Character slightly inspired from a creepy woman in the TV-show Millenium.

A random crappy water color-painting. Used some ink and dry pastel pens as well.

Here's that pic again, in colour.

Some anatomy practice and figure drawing.

I drew this while listening to the storm outside.

This is random. I might colour this later.

Last but not least - UNICORNS.

And that’s that. The rest of the time I’ve been busy learning japanese. Oh, and working on a certain comic. More about that, in a day or two.

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Line quality practice

This last week I’ve been drawing a little. I’ve mostly worked on my webcomic and my arm has not been particularly hurt by it. I also sat down these last two days to practice a bit with the G-pen. I still need to learn how to control it better and how not to grip the damn thing so tight when I use it. So I sat down and did two exercises: inking without a sketch to follow and using a marker to do quick sketches that I later inked.

 

Inking from scratch is hard. Some hilarious proportions are bound to show up.

 

I think the cameraman is being eaten by a cat.

 

Uhh- volumes.

 

Playing around with that marker was actually kind of fun.

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