Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Updated design for Emily

I wanted to make the point that she's not necessarily an untrendy dresser, but she dresses to blend in, and is very buttoned-up. She majors in a male-dominated department (mathematics) and although there are other women in the dept. who dress more femininely, Emily chooses not to. She always pulls back her hair, even though it's very curly and sticks out. She dresses like she's going to a mathematics competition, which is her default "uniform". The school's insignia is on the front pocket of her blouse. Because she's very practical, she wears a belt with her khaki slacks and comfortable flats constantly.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Greg Bird Warrior Bard Character

This guy is completely unrelated to the characters I posted before - he's from a different project I'm working on.

Basically a humanoid bird character who wields an axe bladed lute and casts powerful healing magic. He's a bard, so he likes performance and is intended to look very colorful and conspicuous. I included an ink-only version and one that has been given flat colors (no shading or anything).

Note - the wings are intentionally located lower on his back then they probably should be. There's a story reason for it, but yeah, it's a specific choice I made.

Ink version

Flat colors version

Daniel Haddock | Clint expressions and pages

First I did some pages, edits Andy recommended(that did make the page better), and a second page mock up. These are sketchy because right now I am focusing on page flow. Directing a story properly and then rendering later on. I don't want to spend all day doing a bad page only to realize it's low quality after spending hours reinforcing bad technique. And also I did some facial expressions for Clint Yamamoto.

I did some snow leopard drawings a while ago, and have added new ones here.  Also some more elaboration on Tamas the Henchman and Verna.

Alison - Model Sketches

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Proportion Lines are the same things we all used when we were learning the alphabet.
They help to make sure we establish contact points on our characters to keep them looking consistent.

You see here I build the lines based on the illustration-- so that I don't just use a generic set of lines.

Simply put, draw your character in one position and then when you are happy with it drop in your prop lines at critical points.

In this case I have them at;
Top of the head

So making sure the face lines up with these prop lines does its part to keepign the character consistent.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Super Box Boy - different poses


The story is coming to me, slowly but surely.  I have to make BB a little bit more beat up - after all he's been in a fire! Meanwhile I'm doing all of this sketching on the ipad which has it's ups and downs.     I have a few additional sketches of his shoes which need to be consistent from page to page, 

Character Update

Put some more thought into the character outfits. 

Emily: I wanted to make the point that Emily is not a good dresser. She always wears something that's a little too baggy, or she dresses too young. Hence the dorky overalls. 

Tess: Aspires to be a magazine editor or journalist in the big city, dresses trendier. Pinterest helped a lot with referencing outfits.

Ben: He's a character that only shows up to party. 

The character names are placeholders, so that may change.




Hero's Journey template for The Care and Feeding of an Addict

Ordinary world Patty, 65, is a retired librarian. She’s bored, wonders why she didn’t do more with her life, and she’s suffering empty nest and loneliness.

Call to Adventure Patty’s youngest child, Ryan, 40, wants to return to her house to detox from heroin.

Turns out he has been living in a refrigerator box in Tucson, AZ for a few years, not working as a bike messenger in Seattle, as he had pretended. Refusal of Call Patty tells Ryan no, he must seek detox professionally, that she can’t help him But she feels terrible. She’s his mother. Who else could help but his mother?

Crossing threshold
Ryan arrives on Cape Cod unbidden, says he has nowhere else to turn. Patty’s ex, Ryan’s dad, refuses to let Ryan move to France with him and his 25 year old girlfriend. Ryan begins his detox at Patty’s by following a yoga regimen and drinking kombucha. Patty gets a job slicing meat in a deli to support him.

He fails at detoxing by himself and starts taking methadone at a clinic.

Tests, Allies, Enemies

• Tests: Ryan falls in love with a woman he meets the first day at the methadone clinic. She lost her three kids to social services. Ainsley wants to get pregnant to prove she’s a good mother, and Ryan wants to be her hero. Ainsley moves into Patty’s too although neither asked if it was OK.

• Allies: Patty’s only allies are a 12 step group she’s offended by acting superior, saying her kid is special and he’s about to go to school to become a drug counselor.

• Enemies: There are many. Society in general hates addicts, and society also dislikes the parents of addicts because the parents are deemed as failures as parents.  Medical professionals dislike addicts, as well as EMTs, who are tired of saving them from overdosing.


• Patty finds money missing. Ryan secretly tells Patty that Ainsley took it. Patty believes him, but she demands that Ryan and Ainsley leave. Ryan puts up a tent in the backyard and uses the car Patty bought him as a closet and refrigerator..

Ordeal, death, rebirth

• Ryan refuses to take down his tent. Ryan saws out his mother’s safety deposit box, fastened to the upstairs floor, and it lands on the first floor living room couch, the bottom open. Thousands of dollars of money and jewelry are missing. Patty calls the police, presses charges, and Ryan gets two felonies and heads for the state pen.

Ainsley finds a new boyfriend. Patty quits the meat market and sells her house. Her house near the sea is worth a fortune after the 40 years she’s been there..


• Ryan is in prison for two years and Patty is relieved. He’s safe now, off drugs, and he can’t get out. She reinvents herself, moves to the city, takes the improv acting classes she always dreamed of doing, and becomes an actress. All the emotions she’s suffered have opened her to performance.

Road Back

• Patty loves her new life. She changes her name, transforms into an older beauty through plastic surgery, writes a monologue about her life, and eventually takes her monologue on the road to small theatres.


• Ryan tries to find her after his two years in the slammer, but she’s changed her name and her looks and nobody knows where his mother went. He’s back in a tent, and back to using for a while, but left alone with no one to save him, he enters rehab, lives two years in a sober house, and becomes a drug counselor.


• Patty meets a fellow actor, falls in love, begins to notice he drinks too much, and walks out, happy to be free.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Julia and Stanley the pit-bull puppy

Thanks to Aria for reminding me about the Hero's Journey.   I started it with Cry of the Snow Leopard.

Cry of the Snow Leopard
Ordinary World Prof. Brewster being a regular professor; writing a novel called Cry of the Snow Leopard--
Call to Adventure Dreams about a Snow Leopard
Refusal of the call Ignores it; keeps reappearing; goes to Bhutan
Meeting the mentor Meets the Master at the monastery after his rescue from the wild dogs,  by a snow leopard that leads him  to the monastery
Crossing the Threshold Realizes that the snow leopard who rescued him--no one saw it--hallucination?  Spirit animal/protector?
Test, Allies & Enemies Verna starts following him upon his return to the States--he has a magic book of hers that he bought in a flea market in Serbia while on sabbatical; Janice gets kidnapped by Verna and her henchman
Ordeal, Death, Rebirth
Reward, seizing the Sword
The Road Back
Return with Elixer
I haven't worked out what happens after the first test--I need to develop subplots and characters and figure out where the story is going.  It's going to need to  be a whole magical world where the book, the spirit animal, and the real world all collide.
Tamas is Verna's henchman.  "Tamas" means "twin"--this is the nickname his fellow henchmen have given him because he has matching hairy moles on both cheeks.

I tried doing different version of Verna as she transforms from an old woman to a young one.  Maybe I just need two versions--getting the "middle age" one done seems difficult.

Trying to enhance Clint Yamamotos look. I'm not liking it. He looks like an old white guy, not an old Japanese guy.

Greg Mck new character poses and edits from last week

Tried to give the characters so more emotive poses to convey their actions/behaviors in the story. Also tried to take into account the suggested edits for my last sketches when I did these.
Just wanted to put this one back up with the corrected pose (fixed the positioning on her front leg to a more natural position)
Put the before sketch on the right and the after sketch on the left (total unintuitive, sorry). Making the hair black and adding more folds/wrinkles to the shirt made a huge difference.

new character for addict story

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Adventures of the Star Scouts Plot

I didn't get an opportunity to revisit the model sheets, but I did some plotting using the Hero's Journey (or Heroes' Journey in this case).

Friday, October 13, 2017

Writing Horror Advice from Dan Wickline

  1. Horror is about characters. If you don’t care for them, you won’t care what happens to them.
  2. Don’t rush to reveal. Fear of an unknown threat is far scarier than anything that can be shown.
  3. Location, Location, Location. Amplify the horror by having a normally safe setting.
  4. Horror isn’t about making the audience jump, it’s about making them feel.
  5. The rules are what you make them. It’s up to you to establish what can and can’t happen.
  6. The Hitchcock rule: If you kill your star, the audience will believe anything can happen.
  7. Make people think. The audience will be more engaged if they have to follow along.
  8. If you give your characters hope of surviving, it will be more impactful when they don’t.
  9. Remember that at the heart of a good horror story is a mystery needing to be solved.
  10. If you make your victims too despicable, then your killer becomes the hero.
  11. Connect with your audience by tapping into the types of fears we all share. Does is scare you?
  12. Don’t be afraid to use the classics. Just find new and unique ways to use them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Marky Mark's Work

Michelle's characters

It's a school setting so the characters are college students:
Ben - An eccentric. Magically appears at parties.
Emily - Pragmatic, straight-laced student. Studies mathematics.
Tess - An effective journalist looking for stories.

Jim Riel's model sheets

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Joa's Character Sheet

Mike's character sheets

These are character sketches for "Cry of the Snow Leopard".  The first three I did a while ago.  I realized that I had done no thinking about subplots or more minor characters, so I have added the Master (at the Buddhist monastery that Brewster stumbles into), Tamas and Verna the Evil Gypsy (after she transforms herself).

Dr. Brewster

Janice (she's in love with Dr. Brewster)

Verna, the evil gypsy

 The Master

Tamas (Verna’s henchman)

Transformed Verna