Just saw this movie. A beautiful reflection of the fleeting moments in life and the passion to accomplish dreams.
Such a beautiful scene! One of the best Miyazaki films, so brilliant in character portrayal, symbolism, and Existentialism. IMHO, it should have won the Academy, although I feel the controversy over the hero being basically a weapons inventor affected the vote, in addition to the rumor that most academy members don’t even bother with animated films.
Within 15 minutes of the movie, I almost cried like three times….
New pages! I had a weird internet outage last night, so I had to update the next morning.
PSA: Never open strange emails!
Case of the Sinners’ Circle, Part 2
Hey all! Just as a reminder, the complete thumbnail script is up at my Patreon site. You can pledge any amount you like to get access to the Patron only content. I’ll be posting a complete chapter each month for anyone who is in need of spoilers!
Finished the art for the omnibus 2 cover, or at least I’m happy with it at this point. I may go back and polish up the top of the Soul pillar and make this into a print. In the meanwhile, I’ll have a link for purchasing in my shop very soon!
Work is kinda slow right now, so I started working on the new cover for the second Omnibus. Something creepy and Dante’s Inferno inspired!
Some cool fanart from my awesome comic associate, Rascal. It’s Mr. Jinx and his Demon mongrel Alpha dog. I love the tongue and that wicked harness, even though I’m totally creeped out…
Fanart for Myung Hee Kim’s Simon Sues! Meet Mr. JInx and his terrible, terrible dog!
Brand new chapter!
Previously on Simon Sues… A mysterious math proof landsin Simon’s inbox. It’s an ancient recursive problem based off a ritual suicide. Simon needs Sarah’s computer skills to answer this personal challenge, however his injuries are starting to consume him. Luckily some discoveries regarding June’s whereabouts and a new attitude toward Isaac have strengthened his resolve. But the magnitude of this new case could threaten to utterly break Simon and those he cares about.
Working hard on inks! Here’s a glimpse of Sarah showing off her com sci skillz! The next chapter of The case of the Sinners’ Circle will be starting on Wednesday, so get ready for a bumpy ride!
This turned out to be a fun little exercise for me and it might be helpful for other comic artists to break down their panels in terms of camera shots.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was re-reading Shot by Shot, which as an animator and a storyboard artist, I find essential (there are some dated references, but you can skip to the workshop sections if you want a nice meaty chapter.) One chapter brings up the 180 rule and ways in which you can cross it without causing your audience to be disorientated. I sometimes see action sequences in comics that I have to reread several times just to figure out the flow. It’s not giving the impression of frantic action or a pov of a confused character, it just has no regard for the 180 rule and the effective ways to break it.
And then, during a marathon thumb-nailing session I decided to break down a few of my pages in terms of shots. It totally made sense to me since I often try to think of my panels in a more cinematic way.
The images above may be a bit hard to read since they’re my messy thumbnails, but the point is I wanted to try keeping to the LOA in one example and then in another, cross it for the purpose of shifting the camera focus and thereby shifting the story’s POV.
In the first scene, I stayed within an established LOA to make the scene feel more stable and calm. Simon’s having a bonding moment with his sister. You can see from the diagram that the Cam shots never cross the line.
In the second scene, I wanted more tense, uneasy feelings, so I kept re-establishing the line by designating June as the POV character and using Isaac as the moving focus. You can see that with him circling around the bed, the LOA is moving with him as a way to lead the audience. Having part of the bed in several shots also helps give a frame of reference.
Anyway, thought it was kinda cool seeing the fundamentals transfer to many different outlets.
I just did a tally of my thumbnails and it totals a little over 200 pages in the last 3 weeks. I almost want to just finish out the entire story, which I could probably do in a month, but I really want to start on pencils.
Here are some images from various thumbnail scripts. As you can see, Isaac is having a very bad day being smacked in the face with a textbook, getting caught in the rain, and being dragged away by a pack of angry demon dogs. Simon’s not having such a great time either. But hey, it can only get better!
I call this drawing with your horny-ness (a completely valid technique)….
So anytime I’m stuck on a pose or drawing a character in perspective, I need landmarks that are sometimes hard to find under the clothed figure. So I will draw the character nude first to position them and then draw clothes on top. But somehow my landmarks always end up being washboard abs and heaving chests. It just happens
More WIPs! I’ve been thumbnail-ing like crazy over the holiday break and I think I completed over hundred pages. Anywhoo, the plot is coming to a head with the next two chapters and there are some ugly decisions in store.
Some more WIPs. Almost finished! I recently found an old copy of Shot by Shot and started rereading. Still a great book and great for re-enforcing knowledge, no matter your experience.