Hey there sports fans, Al here with the latest,
It's been a while and while there are always good reasons for it I'm pretty sure that allergies -they can get pretty sever) and trips (far out of town) were not among my top five from keeping me posting here. But they have (both plus a couple others as well).
BUT it's safe to say that I am here working on the triptych finally and it is looking great so far but the work only seems to be able to get worked on the weekends. I am thinking that the art is so intensive that I really don't look up from the board to notice the weather or the fact that I might actually be hungry. And that's saying something.
HOWEVER LETS get on to the work!
Firstly lets look over the over all design. The commissioners wanted a space theme for the work and in a comic style.
So the above image went right to comic book design but the most basic of story telling for me.
How do you do that?
I was thinking fast that a big story had had to have certain key elements to make it work.
In these scenarios are The Liftoff, Space Travel and Landing or Planting the Flag as I like to call it. After figuring out what the main three adjectives were for each part of the triptych how to condense each of these adjectives into telling a story without loosing something along the way. This is when I realized that I could tell this fictionalized story of Major Thom, Deep Space Explorer in just two panels to tell part of a story.
Each panel of this major sci-fi space opus was the fact that you had to have a human element in each part of the triptych's separate panels from a movie goer's p.o.v.
I had researched a lot of sci-fi movies that I had seen as a kid but the there were new movies I had to buy and rewatch over and over again until I understood HOW something works logically. I even looked for blueprints of ships.
Ship design was the biggest part of the issue what kind of Explorer ship could I make that would look like something that NASA or ESA would send into space? I kept going back to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY looking at the Discovery and then I looked at more modern movies like OBLIVION, THE MARTIAN & INTERSTELLAR.
A good portion of the Explorer was made from these influences the last was from Space: 1999. There were SO many great ships that came out of this series I could not ignore it for the landing Probe.
Once all of that was figured out then it was the submission to the commissioners of the triptych for the drawing. Once that was agreed upon I unleashed the scratchboard techniques. HAHA!
There was one thing that had been bothering me though and it had been something I had wanted to address but I was always on such a tight schedule that I couldn't do it a real close up of the work.
Up to this point I hadn't been able to convey to the public how much detailing and rendering goes into these works. Jpegs on Facebook, my website, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter just couldn't do it.
It just kinda bugged me.
One of the things that I really wanted to do was show a close up of the work. A lot of images that I have posted up over the years never really give the viewing public the amount of detail that goes into these things.
I was hoping that the extreme close up of Major Thom would help really help illustrate how I do this work.
I think it does.
Well Corpse Cop is off at my friend and editor Paula Akins right now hopefully being fine tuned for printing for upcoming comic book themed shows. BUT I did find myself in a pickle that I couldn't bring the large Triptych pieces with me to work on while on break so I had to find something else to fill in my time.
I did so I went back to where a lot of this new work started from - RICHARD PARKER.
Now as you can see there is a small smattering here of the work that is being prepped for the book that I have been promising people. I have been just letting my imagination run with this work but I feel that when it is done, it will be awesome.
And as always there are places for you to check out as well.
And of course I still have my comics that I have worked on here at Indyplanet. I am still currently working on getting this link fix.HOWEVER there are these books that I still need to add to the archive for Black Box Comix. And mind you there is website
and the facebook page
The Website also has some new stuff added for the comic books featuring Corpse Cop.
And that's it for the kid for now and I am outta of here.
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