This years Oscar Nominees for Documentary look brilliant.
After sending the final files off for The Awakening, a short comic I made, I figured I would post a bit of the process behind making it. The Awakening is a 16 page, black and white comic about a young boy’s dreams of the dark forest that surrounds his house.
Let’s start with the cover and the small thumbnail sketch.
I scan the thumbnail sketch in and work on it digitally until I get everything how I’d like it to look.
After getting the drawing tightened up and an idea of the type placement, I’ll print out the sketch and draw it in blue pencil and ink it traditionally.
Final inks scanned, color added, and typography placed.
Next, the process of making the interior pages. I start with small thumbnails to layout the story and make sure everything works sequentially over the course of the entire issue.
Next I rough out the thumbnails to a larger size, correct dimensions, proportions, etc. Then I’ll scan in my rough sketches and work on them digitally correcting anything that looks strange or incorrect.
I also start working on values and shadows. After I figure like the compositions and values I print the picture out either black and white or blue line and move onto inking.
Final inks above. After the inking is cleaned up in photoshop I move onto adding color, or in this case black and white values, then the typography.
Here’s a preview of the final issue which will be on sale in February.
Thanks for reading!
Welcome to Clearwater Village, a small suburb where nothing is as it seems and everyone has secrets better left in the dark.
Late last year I began a web comic called Clearwater Village. I’ll be updating the comic sporadically when a story hits me or can find the time. There are two chapters up now, enjoy!
At the end of every year I like to recap the music I enjoyed. I can never narrow it down to a top 10 so below are the albums that I enjoyed and a song from each. We’ll go in alphabetical order. (Although I will preface this post that my favorite albums of the year are from Travis Scott / Inter Arma / The Lumineers / O’Brother).
Bon Iver / 22 a million
Frank Ocean / Blonde
Inter Arma / Paradise Gallows
J Cole / 4 Your Eyez Only
Kendrick Lamar / untitled unmastered.
Leonard Cohen / You Want It Darker
The Lumineers / Cleopatra
Nails / You Will Never Be One Of Us
O’Brother / Endless Light
Radiohead / A Moon Shaped Pool
Stranger Things Soundtrack
Travis Scott / Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
The Weeknd / Starboy
Woof. “Do Not Resist” looks great. I think this one is going to be a hard one to watch without throwing a piece of furniture through a window.
I updated the web store with two new commissions and a sketch cover. Check em out! www.downpourcreative.storenvy.com
There was a portion in David Giffels introduction to The Akron Anthology that sparked the direction of my design…
“We live in a place that The American Mercury magazine, back in 1962, described as “unbeautiful.” I’ve never been able to find a better word than that for this place I love more than any other place. “Unbeautiful” doesn’t mean “ugly.” It describes something that is decidedly not beautiful (even though it is sometimes) and doesn’t need to be (even though it does sometimes).
Those were the sentences I would base my concept on. I made my list of ideas on what could represent Akron. There was a lot. I decided on something I felt was “unbeautiful.” A tire. But it couldn’t be any tire. It couldn’t be a stock photo of a tire, or one off my car, or one that I went out and bought at a garage. That was cheating. I had to get a tire from Akron. Not from an Akron tire store. I had to take it from Akron. And I knew exactly where to get it—a body of water. What could be more “unbeautiful” than prying a tire out of the ground in Akron. I took a field trip to the towpath trail and after walking the trail I hopped down near the water and pulled out a tire.
I went home, emptied out as much river water as possible, photographed the tire and moved onto the typography.
I decided to do hand-done type after many tries to make a typeface work. I had some good options, but none of them felt right. Too clean, too crisp, blah, blah. So I got out my chunky charcoal pencil and started scribbling.
And there you have it. The story behind the cover.
There’s a lot of really great writing inside this book. It’s interesting stuff if you’re not from Akron, BUT fascinating content if you are from the area. Stories about Archie the Snowman, the Black Keys, Lebron James, EarthQuaker devices, and so much more. You can order a copy here…