Friday, March 17, 2006

"Cartoonist!" cover design




I'm a member of the National Cartoonist Society and have been honored by being selected to be interviewed as a feature story for an upcoming issue of "The Cartoonist!", the newsletter mag for the NCS. For this they've requested a piece of art for the cover. Just a sketch or something. A lot of the questions were concerning my comic book "Opposite Forces" so I thought I'd make the cover feature them. (No copyright problems either). This is a little of the process. I did a really scribbly rough ( and a few others before this that I didn't want to scan), then refined it more on another sheet in blue (like giving Alexis a neck), and the last one here is a inked version. Now why I inked it is still a mystery to me because I don't want to Photoshop this, but render it more "by hand" with markers and colored pencils like the "Mermaid" piece a couple blogs ago. Problem is, I drew this on some real ratty photocopy paper that didn't even take the inks too good. Markers aren't probably going to work on this tissue paper. I will most likely resketch this on a better piece of paper and just render the thing a bit more sketchy (something else I originally wanted to do) with the markers and pencils. I MAY try to color the inked one to see how it looks also. It's ready to go anyway. Not everything on the inked version got better as you can see, maybe another good reason to do another. I'm just lazy, I don't want to.

10 comments:

Piotr said...

Ooh, awesome! Show us the final soon!

ridd1 said...

nice work! great poses.

rubio2d said...

Hi Tom, thanks for sharing the process! Is there a color one?
Great illo, very dynamic!
I've just pick up your new book and it's awesome! thanks for it and congratulations!

Cedric said...

Congrats on the interview Tom! Can't wait to read it. Fun drawings. By the way, I just finished your Character Design book--it was supurb!!!

jeff atwood said...

On behalf of the International Brotherhood of Fairies, Gnomes, Trolls, and other assorted Netherworld varmints (IBFGTOANV), we wish to file an offcial complaint against this blog and its discrimination of fairies. There seems to be some predisposition towards drawings of mermaids(which EVERYONE knows are not real, anyway...) butterflies, and a cornucopia of smaller mammals such as skunks, racoons, and muskrats. The membership of the IBFGTOANV expects full and immediate remuneration, recompense, and a couple of drawings of Fairies, Gnomes, Trolls, and other assorted Netherworld varmints

Alina Chau said...

beautiful drawings!

Miah Alcorn said...

Man great drawing Tomm! Really nice final lines too. Great stuff as always sir.

Matt Williames said...

rad roughs bud-- lotsa energy to'em. lov'n it! and of course that means something coming from me :) ha

Dan Segarra said...

It's great to see your progression. That first really rough pass has so much life and is rarely ever shown. Awesome!

Goobeetsablog said...

Great Blog you have here.
I really enjoy seeing the rough
as well- so thanks for posting it.