Archive for April 2011

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April 4, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Goshen

April 7, 2011

I covered a little bit about Goshen’s design on The Big Snow Job #3, Page 22. Most of the sketches were either too drab and not ornamental enough or a bit too busy and fancy. I toyed with the idea of giving him the same hide patchwork as Clem (and Keyla’s cloak), but I thought it might be a bit too busy. And for the same reasons I decided not to give him war beads, I thought the leather armor look of the patchwork wouldn’t fit his character.

Something I did like a lot was the “trenchcoat” look of long, low-hanging cloth in both the front and the back, which gave Goshen a more regal look. It was also important to me to incorporate some element from Keyla’s cloak into Goshen’s design as the original intent was to tie them together visually through some costume details. Originally, it was going to be the hide patchwork, but once I ruled that out, I was just left with the short white fuzzy fur. As it turned out, I think that worked out well, since the fur collar and hanging stoles looked pretty regal as well, without being overly-ornamental. I repeated the stoles on both the front and the back so that Goshen would have the same defining element visible from either angle.

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April 11, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ulon Dosi Weapons

April 14, 2011

I while back on The Big Snow Job #3, Pages 14-15, I talked about the Ulon Dosi weapons and how they were partially inspired by the Nimbus III weapons seen in Star Trek V. I figured they’d all be a bit hodgepodge so I wanted to sketch up a few different variations, as seen here.

On this page you’ll also see the bandolier I designed to wrap around the Ulon Dosi head and waist. It has a simple loop holster on the side, and the rifles would just slip into the holsters, resting on the wide collars.

Finally, this page also shows a couple sketches I did for Clem’s knife. I just figured he’d have an extra little weapon on him to distinguish him from the other warriors. And I had it in the script that he pulls a knife on Ril on The Big Snow Job #3, Page 21, so I guess that meant I ought to design one.

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April 18, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ciceron Wolves

April 21, 2011

I briefly mentioned the wolf design on The Big Snow Job #2, Page 19 and how I was really happy with it until I realized they looked a bit like the wargs from the Lord of the Rings movies. Oh well. Anyway, on this page, the first thing you’ll see is a quick sketch of a regular wolf. Sometimes, if I’m basing a creature on a real-world animal as a starting point, I’ll draw that animal just so I have a reference to both draw upon and work against. I figure if I have the real proportions and traits in front of me, it’ll be easier to push and pull those features to get something more visually different.

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April 25, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Kaagan-Vas Rustlers

April 28, 2011

The next several sketchbook pages will focus on the Kaagan-Vas “rustlers.” Since these were major characters (and the very first characters to appear in this story arc!), I put a fair amount of time into designing them. They also took quite a while to nail down because I wanted to go for a Western look without making it look too deliberately Western. Basically, I wanted to get across the cowboy feel on a subconscious level and not really slap you in the face with it.

On this first page, I just spit out a bunch of different alien heads to see which ones would jump out at me. I think it’s pretty clear which two were early favorites and eventually became the designs for Warsaw and Uskulon.