December Sun – A Web Comic

March 17, 2009

December Sun #2 – Page 6B

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Down to the pavement… ouch!

March 10, 2009

December Sun #2 – Page 4C

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Panel 1, in looking back, loses lot of detail in the inks. I was still a little pen-crazy at the time I drew this, and either I was using the wrong quills, or this just wasn’t the medium to go with. However, the character is all in black, so some details can get washed away, so I’m wondering if I should have just used a halftone for the “color” of the costume? Dunno…

March 6, 2009

‘Code: Evolution’

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I just received a copy of ‘Code: Evolution’, written and illustrated by two friends of mine from Alpha-Omega, Henry Chmielefski and Frank Humphris (with assistance from a bunch of others in the credits… who actually wrote the story, anyhow?…:)

Anyhow, this was a very enjoyable title.  While I’m not a big science nut, I still found the story engaging.  Without giving too much away, the story revolves around some creepy science in the area of chemical evolution and the dangerous outcome, while at the same time the story builds around a subplot about a fractured father/daughter relationship.  The art looks great, as do the colors.  There’s a manga-inspired style to the illustration, with some exaggerations to things such as facial features, and this helps keep the material accessible considering the technical seriousness of the subject matter. Within the story there is also a spiritual narrative balancing some of the oddities going on in the lab, and I’d be curious to see how this is developed as the title progresses.

One suggestion I’d make is to clarify in the credits who did what.  Who pencilled?  Who inked?  Who colored?  Also, when you see a story with so much brainy, technical matter, it’s nice to flip over to the last page and be presented with some additional information: something to offer a little more background, or to help elaborate on the material being presented, or even offer some “additional reading” links, etc.  Instead, you get to the last page and it’s just an add.  I was hoping for a little something more here, considering the subject matter and all of the names involved in the collaboration.  It’s not a big deal, but just a creative suggestion I’d add.  Especially since this is the first of presumably an ongoing series, beefing up the end of the book with a little more information might have been a good idea.

Outside of that, I think this was a great job: the story is entertaining, the art is good (the cover is very eye-catching) and I think this series has a lot of potential.  I’d like to see where it goes.

February 25, 2009

December Sun #2 – Page 1

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Here we go… page #1 of December Sun issue #2.  I found the missing pages so I’m ready to roll with these.  There’s a lot to be said about taking backups on a regular basis.  Anyhow, on with the show…

February 23, 2009

December Sun #2

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Here is the cover of December Sun issue #2. Currently this is a small image, but I plan on replacing this with a larger one, once I can find more of these missing files. See, I lost I ton of files when my last hard drive crashed, including files from DS#2. I know I have backups of this somewhere, but the problem is locating these (I know, I know, I’m so disorganized.)

In any case, here comes issue #2.

February 20, 2009

December Sun #1 – Back Cover

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This is the final image from December Sun #1 that I’m going to include here. This is taken from the back cover, and shows supporting character Joe in his usual location, reading the paper and watching a game. Joe was based loosely on my grandfather, who had his favorite chair, his smokes, his paper, his sports. He was a great guy, and very colorful. I tried to capture some of the details with Joe, while at the same time making Joe his own unique character, who will play an important role as a supporting character throughout future issues.

There are a few more deleted panels and images that I didn’t bother posting because I could go on for week after week with deleted pages, and it’s time to move on to issue #2 on Monday. But here’s a quick note about the other deleted pages:

One page that didn’t make it featured a Bullbeast-to-human transformation. This is definitely a non-canonical page, because I’ve changed my mind about the nature of Bullbeasts power and his ability to “transform”.

Another page featured more details of the attack of the mayor’s office. In the final comic, Bullbeast just appears through a hole blasted in the office wall. Well, where did that explosion and hole in the wall come from? That was from his pal Billy (the same one he elbowed to the face earlier!). Billy used his power from another rooftop and blasted open the wall, through which Bullbeast entered. I have the pencils of this, but never got around to inking it, because I didn’t think it was necessary.

There are also some random replacement images and things I skipped. The great thing about Photoshop is that changes are a breeze, and it’s so easy to get rid of stuff that just doesn’t work on a page.

Monday… December Sun #2 pages will appear, and I’m going to have to figure out how to add some navigation to the site to get from one issue or the other, etc…

December 16, 2008

Google Sketchup – a nifty free app for building reference material

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I’m a big fan of Google Sketchup, and I’ll use this to build simplistic reference models for drawing December Sun.   One of the things I’ve found so trying about some of the 3D software applications out there is that I just can’t get my brain around the 3d aspects of x-y-z coordinates.  I’m awful at it!  But Sketchup thankfully makes so much of that so simple to work with, so I’m grateful that it’s available as a resource.

Here’s a link to a model I uploaded of ‘Joes House‘ from DS.  It’s very low-quality, but it works great as a visual reference when drawing.  Of course, it’s not completely accurate to the comic, and there’s a ton more detail to include, but I like having features like this available.

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