Tuesday, March 20, 2007

comic sketches







Doodles, sketches and finished drawings for Chestaclese comic.

19 comments:

ryan said...

these are some really great sketches!

Hey Jim, I've been trying to draw houses over on my blog and Bill Wray suggested that I study from some of your house designs

Would you be able to post any house drawings you may have lying around? I'd be real grateful!

Thanks Jim!
-Ryan

Jim Smith said...

to ryan: Here's what you do: Find a neighborhood near you that has interesting houses, not the cookie cutter kind but unique.Also it is healthy for an old fart like me to get some exercise Here in Glendale there many houses that look like George Liquor's. I'll see if I can find some drawings .to post

ryan said...

thanks Jim

that is good advice, over the years i've been scouting around for awesome looking neighborhoods (and with MUCH luck!!) and have about 200 really nice reference photos of awesome looking 50s houses

i've been drawing from some of them. i posted 2 over on my blog if maybe you'd like to give any critiques..?

my main problem is trying to understand how houses even work. even with all the photos i have taken, it is still really tough, because my photos only show the houses at 1 or 2 angles. i can't see all sides of the house, or the top of a house (which would REALLY help). roofs are also particularly confusing

i'm hoping your drawings may shed a new light on shapes and structure.

Jim Smith said...

To ryan: Did you see 300?

Jim Smith said...

Just look at the goddamned house and draw it!!

Superstar said...

whoa these are awesome! really dynamic. I really like the horse design, and those girl designs as well. I can't wait for this comic to come out!

ryan said...

To ryan: Did you see 300?

yeah, it was a cool movie. hahah why do you ask?

Just look at the goddamned house and draw it!!

easier said than done m'friend! i'm not going to give up though..

Jim Smith said...

To ryan: easier said than done? No easier done than said. Get to work or get a real job.

boojiboy said...

Hi Jim,

Is this comic being published? Looks really great and I can't wait to see it man.

Jim Smith said...

To booji: It will be self-published until someone throws money. I will print as many copies as I can and sell them.

ryan said...

Jim:

Is this comic still being inked by Frank Forte?

I'm asking because I want to buy this comic only if they are full of your drawings, not Frank's interpretations of your drawings.

PS. thanks for the critiques!

Jim Smith said...

To ryan: Frank is a fine inker but I need to establish a style first with the pencils. I'm not confident enough to draw with complete self-assurance like Jack Kirby, though he drew for so many years it was like falling off a log for him. The pencil drawings will be as clean as possible then scanned and cleaned up in the computer. Once it gets momentum then hopefully I can and it over to another person to ink.

david gemmill said...

hey Jim,

have you considered maybe just doing pencil clean ups and then converting them to an "ink" appearence in photoshop by upping the contrast/blackness. It might be a good alternative to save you the extra time of having to ink, even though its not "genuine" inking. I know people who have done this with pretty good results. It might be something to consider.

Jim Smith said...

To david: That's a good way to do it. I'd like to maybe highlight the pencil lines with the magic wand and fill it with black using the paint bucket but that might be tedious.

ryan said...

have you considered maybe just doing pencil clean ups and then converting them to an "ink" appearence in photoshop by upping the contrast/blackness.

that is an excellent suggestion. i also know people who use this method, & i've done it myself. it works wonderfully


I'd like to maybe highlight the pencil lines with the magic wand and fill it with black using the paint bucket but that might be tedious.

yeah that would be tedious (and also unecessary). simply upping the contrast would totaly do the trick

Jim Smith said...

To ryan: Thanks. I've been using the contrast and bright just to make for better blog posting. I'll give her a try.

david gemmill said...

the contrast method works, but sometimes it eats up your lines or makes them appear grainy/coarse. If the contrast isn't working to your liking, i use this trick often: Go to image - adjustments - selective color. Choose blacks in the top tab, and then raise up the blackness. hope this helps.

Hammerson said...

>> the contrast method works, but sometimes it eats up your lines or makes them appear grainy/coarse.<<

Also don't forget the "Levels" function in Photoshop (on image / adjustments menu). I think it gives better results than standard Contrast option, and you can have much better control of black/gray scale.

>> Go to image - adjustments - selective color. Choose blacks in the top tab, and then raise up the blackness.<<

Thanks for the tip. I'll try this later.

Aaron Paetz said...

That sketch of him jumping towards camera is AWESOME! I love the emotion packed in!