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Sherlock Nouveau: Gregory Lestrade


One I finished a few months ago but completely got lost in the university melee for posting!

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Sketches and Thoughts


       

A snapshot into part of my process for producing the comic book. The comic itself is only a third of what I intend to actually produce. It’s slightly staged like the Star Wars time line, you get the middle part, then the first part will be produced, then the final. Rather enjoyable as the page at the end of the finished piece is a little bit of a cliff hanger.

These few sections show the exploration of a variety of mediums. My work is relatively small scale (these pages are from an A5 sketch/notepad). Although bic/biro pens are fantastic due to their ability to show tonal variation and allow for construction lines, though the preffered medium is usually fine liner pens. Easy to use and a variety of nibs, the pens used here didn’t survive that long to really explore their full potential. Watercolour is a relatively new medium to myself, yet the effects they give work fantastically. Relatively scratchy pieces get form from the loose colours applied over the top of the line work.

However, the favourite pieces in this small notebook are the coloured pencil portraits. Rarely has colour been a feature in my work before (at least, the traditional pieces). The comic allowed for venturing into something that I was quite apprehensive about.  Although still wary of such acidic colours, they will become something to work with more readily.

Earlier Works: Organ Boutique


   

Last year I produced a piece in response to organ trafficking. I only came across the piece due to being amazed that a man in China sold his kidney to buy a certain brand of electronic tablet. I felt sick reading about it, that a person would willing give away a part of themselves for a product that would be outdated in six or so months.

The idea of the organ boutique arose, that people in the future would possibly be happy to sell their organs or purchase new designer pieces as long as they fit in or were fashionable. Of course, charging extortionate rates to have the latest thing. The illustrations served to gather the piece slightly. Models always wear the most odd items in photoshoots but never seem to question it, so why not strip them back to their bare bones, as long as we’re keeping it high fashion.

The use of digital programmes


   

 

A collection of  experiments with digital media and giving shape to characters. My initial idea was for the comic to be produced in photoshop or another computer programme. Photoshop is a programme I have produced a fair amount of work in previously.  These artworks were testing how the computer would affect the pieces when drawn with a tablet. The top row and middle bottom are works produced solely in computer programmes. The top line pieces being produced through Adobe Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom tablet, the bottom piece being made in Paint Tool Sai. Sai has a nice approach to digital artwork with brushes being able to mimic watercolours and brush strokes. They could have been better pieces, however this was my first time using Sai, and the interface was a little difficult due to its simplicity and limited movement.

The two pieces located on the bottom row were mixed media pieces. From hand drawn comic pages, they were scanned into Illustrator to see how they would look over over the pieces I had sketched earlier. Although the designs came out exceptionally well, there was still the feeling that it wasn’t correct or at least not trying to display the feeling I needed from this, which was that there had to be textures and interesting variants within each piece. Unfortunately on computers, variations in tone and depth are already pre programmed, and can only really be changed slightly.

Title and End Pages


Working with the idea of the larger perspective pieces featured earlier on the blog, I wanted to continue this idea of nature and mechanics.  Trying to figure out how to do this, I looked at the vein and artery systems of the body, using some references (and artistic license) I mapped each, represented by pipes and tree branches.

The pipe piece will be the front cover of the comic. I’m keeping it simple for people to focus on the smaller details, rather than getting lost in a overly detailed background. The tree piece will serve as the back cover, continuing the minimal theme, but showing the progress in the book as the woman finds herself introduced back into nature from the sterile city she has lived in for her whole life.

Dystopia vs Utopia


Also, some extras. Perspective is something that’s been a real Achilles heel of mine, but these turned out a lot better than I could have hoped!

Both were produced with fineliners, copic markers, and a lot of eraser marks!

Dystopia: 21 – end


That’s it so far! Eventually this may be released as a limited edition mini comic with high quality prints, as soon as the front and back cover are completed.

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