Archive for August 2010

Snow Job Ch 03 Pg 24

August 2, 2010 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Roka Snow Outfit

August 5, 2010

Fan-Made LEGO Hatchet!

August 8, 2010

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, so major apologies for the slight delay. Check out this awesome LEGO version of Hamron’s pirate ship, The Hatchet, from RUNNERS: Bad Goods! The custom ship was created by RUNNERS fan and LEGO aficionado Brandon Koller, who was kind enough to send me several photos so I could post some of them here.

For comparison, here are some links to pages from the story that feature The Hatchet:

RUNNERS: Bad Goods, Chapter 3, Page 1

RUNNERS: Bad Goods, Chapter 4, Page 7

According to Brandon, he used pieces from the Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon, and I think it came out amazing! It definitely made my day to see one of my ship designs made from LEGOs. Now all I have to do is get him to whip up a Midi-Scale Khoruysa Brimia, with detachable Mosquito, of course. 🙂

Additional photos of Brandon Koller’s LEGO Hatchet can be found here.

Many thanks, Brandon, for sharing!

Snow Job Ch 04 Cover

August 9, 2010 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Cember Snow Outfit

August 12, 2010

For Cember’s snow outfit, I did like the idea of the radiating flaps on the bottom (sketch #2) since they seemed reminiscent of his lower body tentacles, but ultimately, the design just felt a bit too busy. The final design feels more streamlined while still being fashionable, as per Cember’s aesthetic.

And here we have the final design for Cember’s snow cloak as well, which ended up being shortened into a half-cloak. More like a poncho, really. Again, that just seemed a bit more fashionable for Cember than a full length cloak like Roka and Ril’s. The blue clasp and puffballs added that last little bit of flair. Because with Cember, it’s all about the flair.

Additional notes can be found in the commentary for The Big Snow Job #2, Page 4.

Snow Job Ch 04 Pg 01

August 16, 2010 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ril, Bennesaud Snow Outfit

August 19, 2010

I settled on Ril’s outfit pretty easily (I love when that happens!). Different textures are important to me in terms of adding variety to outfits, so for Ril, I thought a fine vertical ribbed pattern would be a nice way to make his outfit visually different. And, as mentioned earlier, that ribbed look was also derived from his hat, which had already been established in the flashback sequence from Bad Goods.

For Bennesaud, I wanted to give him a little something for this story arc in the form of a belt of pouches. I very briefly considered a bandolier across the torso, but quickly decided that that would be too Chewbacca. I always liked the look of military pouches across the stomach, so that pretty quickly became Bennesaud’s look.

To make Bennesaud’s belt a little more visually interesting (to me, at least), I made the pouches different sizes, so there’s one big pouch on the back, three small ones in the front, and three medium-sized ones on either side. The idea with the really big pouch is that maybe Bennesaud keeps Cember’s snow cloak in there for him since Cember doesn’t have his own bag in this arc. Not really sure the cloak would all fit in there, but that was the intent.

Additional notes for Ril can be found in the commentary for The Big Snow Job #2, Page 1.

Additional notes for Bennesaud can be found in the commentary for The Big Snow Job #2, Page 4.

Snow Job Ch 04 Pg 02

August 23, 2010 Click for full size

Baltimore Comic-Con Appearance: August 28-29

August 24, 2010

This Saturday and Sunday (August 28-29), I will be set up in the Artist Alley section at Baltimore Comic-Con! This will be my first year exhibiting at the show, so I’m pretty excited about that.

Looks like my table will be A178, so feel free to stop by if you’re there!

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Sky Snow Outfit

August 26, 2010

Early on, I toyed with the idea of Sky having a snow cloak/poncho like everyone else, but eventually I abandoned the idea since her outfit is mostly white anyway, so she didn’t really need the camouflage. I also considered a form-fitting hood but realized the exposed long hair was a bit more feminine, which suited the look of her character more. Plus, long hair is something I can draw blowing to the side to convey windy weather, if need be.

I mentioned in the previous post that I like to use different textures, and that also applied to the fur in the snow outfits, which I wanted to be slightly different between characters. So Sky and Cember have very fine fur in their detailing, while Roka’s hat trim and coat collar are a longer, shaggier fur. For the record, the short fur is much easier to draw. I’m just saying.

Additional notes can be found in the commentary for The Big Snow Job #2, Page 4.

Snow Job Ch 04 Pg 03

August 30, 2010 Click for full size