Well I’ve been plugging away through the final chapter of Athanor (not including the epilogue) and I’ve got about seven pages to go before I have my first draft in the can. I’m tempted to toss everything up online, because I’m excited at how its all turning out, but I’m not sure it’s going to make much sense out of context. Plus I don’t want to give away the ending of the book. So here’s a wide establishing shot setting up the two main combatants at the end of the story. I kind of like how this panel turned out. Although, I have to admit, drawing the armors of the main characters over and over can get pretty tedious, especially when I’m trying to draw them from weird angles.
Well not including the epilogue anyways. I’m getting closer to the end of the book, 13 more pages to draw. This is the first page of the final chapter of the book. I like how this one came out, so figured I’d post it up online.
So I thought I’d post some storyboards that I’ve been working on in my spare time. I’ve been doodling this character in my sketchbook for a while, and I thought he might make a fun character for a short. For the next step, I might put together an animatic. Anyways here they are, take a gander.
Just finished the line art for the last page of Chapter 7, only 19 more pages left to go. This chapter ends on a cliffhanger, with Porter being captured again by Alderic. The exciting part is seeing the pages that I scripted two years ago finally start coming into fruition. Hard to believe I’ve been working on this for that long.
Here’s the line art for the latest Athanor page. This is a pivotal point in the story when Porter discovers the truth of the alien reactor. This page was drawn in PS with my Intuos tablet.
I’ve been plugging through chapter 6 of Athanor, and thought I’d post some of my latest pages. I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (bad cliche, I know, but I really couldn’t think of a better metaphor). There looks to be about 30 pages left to go, and feeling a lot more confident that I’m actually going to make it through this thing. Anyways – onto the art. I picked these two to show, because even though they were a pain, I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out so far. The architectural details were pretty labor intensive, especially trying to keep them consistent from panel to panel, in order to maintain a sense of place for the reader. Also I definitely feel as though I’m getting better at using perspective as a means to direct the reader’s eye around the page rather than just as a means to create believable space. Maybe it’s obvious to a lot of other artists but it sort of struck me during the process of designing the page, that I could use the vanishing point to draw attention toward the Horde in the background. Also I decided to work on paper for these pages, becuase for whatever reason It always feels awkward drawing detailed backgrounds on a tablet. I can never seem to get my lines to go exactly where I want them when drawing digitally, they always trail off in one direction or another. It’s especially frustrating when an illustration calls for accuracy. Maybe its the disconnect between the tablet and the screen. If anyone out there on the world wide web (there’s a throwback, how come no one uses that any more?) can relate I’d be interested to know your thoughts on this. Anyways without further adieu here it is: