Scroll of TAR Graphic Novel

I’ve been working on a graphic novel based on TAR of Zandoria. After developing a technique using Procreate and my iPad, been laying out the pages and script, blocking out the whole story. 

Here are a couple of pages that I went ahead and finished, to get a feel for how the style works on a comic page. I’m pretty happy with it, since I can draw it, letter it, and color it all from iPad. It is the closest feeling to working traditional–except I have LAYERS and UNDO! 


TUSK

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Tusk is the elephant watchman at the oasis of Lund. He keeps the peace around the waterhole and watches the gates at night. He can often be heard teaching his son Rollo about life. Tusk is rumored to have been a gladiator for the Blue Faction in the arenas of Kor–prior to Kor’s destruction by the Chiktakk Horde…

Comic book lettering on iPad

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I’ve been working out some techniques for creating a graphic novel on my iPad Pro. One of the things that I didn’t want to do is go back and forth between my iPad and computer just to do lettering in Illustrator…

So I did a little research, and found that you can install comic book fonts to your iOS devices using an app called AnyFont. Now I can simply format my script in Pages using the font that I want for my balloons.

I’m doing the artwork in Procreate. I import a screenshot of my Pages document into a new layer, and use select and transform to move the dialog into position.

My template document is 2100px x 3150px so that I can create 7″ x 10.5″ @300dpi. The trim size is 6.75″ x 10.25″

iPad technique

This is a technique that I’ve been experimenting with on my iPad. Using Procreate and an Apple Pencil I start with a basic charcoal sketch over a 50% gray background. 

Working with only black or white I refine the light and dark values on a layer set to “hard light”. This means that everything that is darker than 50% gray is multiplied while everything lighter than 50% gray is screened on the layers beneath. Switching to color with an airbrush, I fill in the color values on a layer beneath my hard-light layer.

The values that were painted in grayscale interact with the color to give the final result.

Here is a time lapse video!

Fibermesh

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Another work-in-progress of my Hyena villain. I’m just learning to use Fibermesh in ZBrush, but I think looks pretty cool!

The Hot Mess

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I was setting up a Matter Control Touch to run my Printrbot Simple Metal so that I don’t have to have my computer connected to it, and I had to give my printer a nickname. I named it  “The Hot Mess”.

The reality of 3D printing is that for every really cool awesome print that I can’t wait to show everyone, there seems to be half a dozen failed prints and wads of PLA spaghetti…
I guess that’s why it so exciting when it turns out nice.

Returning villian

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Just a little work-in-progress of a character that I’m remaking in ZBrush. Apparently TAR didn’t wipe-out the entire clan of Hyena assassins….