Friday, July 29, 2011
Generally, when working on a pen and ink graphic novel such as DomestiCATed: Paths Once Crossed, I begin with a series of rough, thumbnail sketches to work out the page layout and composition of each individual panel. I tend to keep my panel configuration fairly simple so it does not distract from the narrative. I will then render the original pages on bristol board using a 2H to 4H pencil to avoid smudging. After I've spotted my black areas, I will begin inking using various pens and brushes with black, India ink. Once I'm satisfied with the results, the pages are then scanned and final adjustments are made and spot colors, and word balloons and dialogue boxes are added in Photoshop.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Join us Saturday, September 10, 1-4pm at Hastings Books in Joplin, MO. I'll be signing copies of my book DomestiCATed: Paths Once Crossed. I actually finished this particular book about seven years ago but it has finally found its way to print and will be available in late May or early June. This book features three dark short stories that follow a black cat as it ventures into the nefarious underbelly of human existence. These stories have a broad appeal to fans of noir, mystery and intrigue. If you enjoy Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, or old EC titles such asTales From the Crypt you'll love DomestiCATed: Paths Once Crossed. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
DomestiCATed: Paths Once Crossed is a 97 page, black and white, pen and ink with gray tone graphic novel made up of three, dark short stories that follow a black cat as it ventures into the nefarious underbelly of domestic human existence.