This here's the cover of an upcoming edition of the Graphic Spin series of graphic novellas for young readers, published by US publisher Stone Arch Books. The series deals with the re-telling of popular folk and fairytales; previous highlights include Luke Feldman's (a.k.a. Skaffs) vectorious take on Beauty & The Beast.
The tale of John Henry was completely new to me (this is probably the case for most folk outside the United States), and it's a fascinating yarn, partly because the source period of the story is relatively recent: post civil war America. I'm hard pressed to think of many folk tales/myths which are derived from a time during which people were actually walking around with cameras. So naturally I've done a demented amount of research, just because the lovely, lovely internet made it all so easy: steamboats, 19th century railroad construction, the colour and atmosphere of the West Virginian countryside etc.
Anyway, all that googling is getting translated into the finished pages right now. Here's a few process shots of the cover from rough to completion...
(That leg on the left had a particularly thrilling journey, didn't it? Aaaand relax...)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
More process! More colour! I thought it was about time to get back to this fearsome madam. My techniques are moving a little to the left (or maybe the right) at the moment, so going back to an older work-in-progress managed to confuse me quite profoundly for, gosh, a good day or so. Incredible, isn't it? I do worry about my brain sometimes. Quite keen to get this done today/tomorrow, as I'll likely be back on the comic job v. soon.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I hope I've quietly perverted the idea of "Britishness" here, what with the tea drinkers, bowler hatted gent and ominous skies rendered in a vaguely European sort of style and topped off with a decidedly shopsoiled union jack.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
It's maybe a little too drenched in texture brush action at this stage, but after seven years of using Photoshop I've only just discovered the joys of utilising the buggers and am thus going quite perfectly bananas with them.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The pencils are done, along with a ghostly suggestion of the title logo at the top right, ready for some vector action. It's been a while since this blog's seen any colour work, so that's what's coming next...
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
For a blog that bills itself as "Nelson Evergreen Gets Sketchy", this place has been a bit low on, well, sketches of late. So! I present to you a bunch of doodly characters, some of whom may well end up on cover of New British Comics Vol 2 later this year. Oh and The Joker.
A couple of years back writer Jason Louv and I were busy pitching a comic biography of one Aleister Crowley. You know the chap: occultist, mountaineer, poet, perennial frequenter of Madame Infamy's boudoir. A bit of an arse, but a fascinating, colourful arse nonetheless.
You can see the opening two pages of that initial pitch right here.