Wednesday, September 24, 2014

making page 21 of webcomic The Queen Of Knots


Page 21 from my webcomic The Queen of Knots
Time to practice is now

It's been a while since I posted on this blog,  but I'm resolved to post more often.  

This comic, The Queen Of Knots is my passion project, and as I have stated on earlyer post, my very first comic, so I'm learning as I go. 
I started drawing the first pages in late April and tryed posting a page a week since June on but at times I fall behind. 

As I've said, it's a learning experience, so perhaps sharing this page's process will encourage others to start there own comic, so here we go:

For this page I wanted to show the strong contrast between Emma's  fun-loving brothers and her bad mood stemmed from a nightmare in which they a had a part in it.

 So in this is my first layout attempt: I placed Emma squarely  in the middle to show her displeasure.  Also, I use either 3D models from DAZ or fro Manga  as pose references.

For my illustrations I transferred a simple drawing to my ASKetch app and added the textures, shade, and using sketchy lines for the style I'm looking for.

Here I'm still working on the layout.  There are 4-5 individual layers that I could move around until I was satisfied with the layout.  Later I also added background, placing it under my drawing layers.

For backgrounds, I'll use my own photos that I manipulate on photoshop or combining drawings with them such as on page16,  or just draw my background as on page 17 or 5

In my final layout, I decided reduce Emma's importance by placing her to the left, as if she felt outnumbered, and giving the viewer a sense of her self-imposed isolation.  
I also tried contrasting colors: high key playful colors against low key moody colors, to depict the characters state of mind.

Hope this post has inspired you to start your passion project. If you have any questions about this process don't hesitate to ask me.   Remember, we're learning together.  :-)

Friday, August 1, 2014

character sketches

I just added 2 more pages to my comic The Queen of Knots, and now I'm nearing the end of the second chapter.  In the next chapter I'll be introducing Emma's brothers and other members of her clutch, as well as pets and humans.  The pressure is on.  I have to decide once and for all how I really want my next characters to look like; their characteristics, shape of their head and hair so that it will be easy to recognize them by simple shapes.

The first two chapter of the comic I've introduces, Emma, the protagonist.  It begins by establishing her fears, her wants and her concern, and give visual clues as to what type of surrounding Emma favors.
Emma 10 is a very driven knotty who won last year's knotting competition.  Now she feels entitled to keep the coveted crown, and will stop at nothing

 Now, for the new characters

the next two characters are of Jack and Mickey LeBrie, Emma's Younger brothers

Jack 9 is a happy-go-lucky kind of kid, an 'act now, think later' type.  He also thinks that he's Mickey's protector.

Mickey 8 is the quiet, more conscientious one.  He's the voice of reason between the two. 

These next two characters are the twins, Scotty and sophie Savage.
these outdoor knotties make a formidable team, and in this story, they're Emma's perceived menaces.  They love to romp in the country, chasing lizards as large as themselves, and playing tricks on bugs.

Scotty 10 sees life as black and white,  He has a surety about himself, and could be seen as cruel at time.
He's unaware how irritating he is to Emma.

Sophie 10 is a gentler version of Scotty.
She's extremely close to her brother, but is also is (on and off) Emma's best friend.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Different Ways Of Building My Comic Page.

Page 14 of Queen of Knots

Couple of days ago, I posted page 14 of Queen of Knots on Comic Furry, and The Knoties Webcomic and also in one of my google communities, where other fellow comic creators post their work.  It's a great place where we can encourage one-an-other and receive great critiques when asked.

To build my pages, I use Manga Studio 5 to set my panels in a page, then I insert my drawings in.
 I then I go back to each drawing, add backgrounds and begin coloring them.  I bring up the B&W Manga page, and replace the B&W pictures with my colored ones.  Lastly I add the balloons speech and dialogue.  

I posted this page up on google asking for suggestions on how I can improve this page and future pages.  

Here were some of the suggestions were:
  • The panels are too uniform.
  • the scene could bleed of the edge. 
  • the art almost seems imprisoned by the panels.
  • maybe not outlining the panels at all.
I agreed with most of them, and wanted to try them out.

So I re-did 4 slightly different versions.

 1  Elbow coming out of the frame

2   The elbow coming out of the frame.
A bleed painting serves as the background page.  

3   The elbow coming out of the frame.
A bleed painting serves as the background page.
The panels are not framed in black

4  Very minimalistic.  The panels are not framed at all.
This may be more effective if the white spaces where not so wide.

What do you think? which ones are you most drawn to?  Personally, I like #2 best.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Working on my first webcomic, The Queen of Knots

Hi Everyone, I'm super exited to announce the birth of my first webcomic:
THE QUEEN OF KNOTS     posted on Comic Fury

"Announce" may be a big word just to introduce a webcomic, after all, new comics are birthed everyday on the web.  But this one is my baby, and like a baby, it literarily consumes most of my time.   Since I'm new at this, I'm constantly reworking the panels, and after a few false starts, I finally feel a bit more confident to begin posting the pages.

Please take a look, Your opinions and suggestions are most welcome.

here are my first pages:

This comic is written for children. 

The Queen of Knots
During the last competition, 10-year-old Emma, one of the most competitive knotties of her clutch, earned the title of Queen of Knots. With this title she received the privilege of keeping the coveted Knottie’s crown. That is until, the next competition which is fast approaching. As the big day nears Emma wakes from a disturbing nightmare. Visions of her crown slipping from her grasps devour her sleep. Fears that her dream represents an ominous foreshadowing overcome her. Now, more than ever, Emma is fixated on keeping HER crown. Her obsession consumes her. She dedicates her time to perfecting her skills and studying her competition, but will this be enough? To what length is she willing to go, to ensure that the crown stays with her?

Ten things you should know about knotties

·      Knotties are 6” pint size children of knotters. 
·      They are invisible to humans and animals alike. Only their are visible but are easily mistaken as dust-bunnies by humans.
.    Knotties are are just like human children: fun, sometime sad, very creative, play all the time, up to somthing, and sometimes just down-right naughty.
·      Knotties have a passion for knotting children's hair or house pets’ fur.
·      Every humans have knotties living unsuspected under their own roof.  (That means yours too, sorry…)
·      As part of their education, knotties are farmed out at age 6-10 to live with humans and their house pets, so that they may learn knotting skills on sleeping children’s hair, and form close bonds of friendship with house pets.  Learning these skills are very important, as they are peparing to enter into the world of knotters
·      Knotties greatest threats are the humans adults. Because humans have an aversion to anything they can’t see clearly, or sneak around like little mice.  Therefore, knotties are to avoid being detected by them. 
·      To make sure of this, knoties hides in plain view by wearing clothes woven from spider silk that can easily blend anywhere.  These clothes are uniforms of sorts.  Even though knoties, like their elders, love trinkets, it is strictly forbidden for them to wear any embellishments while living with humans.
·      Knotties regularly meet in small clutches of about eight.  Two elders known as Grampknots and Gramknots are responsible for each knotties of their clutches.  

·      By the age of 10 1/2, knotties rejoin their parents to live either in nature or urban settings where wild animals have made their homes.  They work along side by side of their parents, learning to repair animals or bird's nests, or watching the  animal’s young’s during their absence. Gradually knotties will become knotters just like their parents.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Commissioned portrait of Majahara Duleep Singh

In this post, I would like to introduce a painted portrait in oils that I completed just about 8 months ago.

In the beginning of 2013, I receive a commission inquiry from DR. Sunny Sekhon for a portrait of the Maharajah Duleep Singh.
I knew very little of this historical figure, but once  Sunny explained to me who Duleep Singh was, I was happy to accept the commission.

Finish portrait of Maharajah Duleep Singh 2013

Here is a very condensed story of Maharajah Duleep Singh send to me by Sunny.

Maharajah Duleep Singh was crowned Maharajah at age 5. At that time, he was the richest individual in the world.  The British took over his kingdom and he was exiled to Britain. He ultimately died with no money, as he never received what was promised to him.
He became a Christian as a young man then was reinitiated into Sikhism at the end of this life. No picture exists of him when he was re-initiated into Sikhism. He was roughly 55 when he died.
I want the painting of him at roughly age 55 of his face and his upper chest. I have about 5 pictures of him from about age 20-42
By the time he died he had lost all appeals to regain the pension which was promised. He was a broken hearted but content with is life and his relationship with god.
So, it's kind of a picture that we have to imagine with a few wrinkles on his face (maybe even a looking a little worn out) but one that shows inner happiness/peace in his face. Hope this makes sense.
I will forward a few other pictures of him if you think this is do-able. 

To educate myself further about Duleep Singh, I went on line, poured over the books that Sunny had lent me,  and agreed with him that a composite of several photographs as he aged into his mid 40's, would help me invision and paint him as man in his mid 50's.

After I showed him a 24X20" pencil sketch made on paper, we decided to go forward with the painting.
Sunny also told me that he was in the process of writing a book about Duleep Singh.

a sketched of an aged Duleep singh, from composites of photographs

I blackened the back of the sketch so that I may trace the drawing to my canvas

Once I began the painting, I would sent pictures as the painting progressed, asking Sunny for constructive criticism.  He also send me additional pictures to help understand the man that I was painting.
Glaze the canvas with yellow ochre.

 Transferring the drawing.

Beginning to layer the undertone/neutrals in order to establish lights and shade.
 My focus through out the painting was not only to capture his likeness but also his essence,  

Here I began to focus on the beard.

Here are some of Sunny's s suggestions, which were very helpful to me:
Eyes darker- more of a steely stare
Eye brows thicker
Mouth/lip- upper lip forward
Separate beard in middle to make it look ties, a little bushy, and neat
Take beard higher on cheeks
Thicker mustache

I continued to work on the face, painted a tied beard, parted in the middle, (a military Sikh custom), and focussed on the jewelry.  Also painting light faling on the various textiles, and jewels was a real treat. As the painting progressed, I decided to draped part oh his cloak onto the other shoulder to balance the design and frame the emerald pendant.  The added quick brushstrokes of red in the chocker was to test and see if a touch of red would better frame his face.

Work on the bottom lip, grayed the beard, darkened the purna (band on the forehead), and began working on the chocker.
 Lastly, I added red beads to the chocker, and softened the gray in the beard. 

Maharajah Duleep Singh   2013

Friday, May 2, 2014

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe

Nursery Rhyme Personal Challenge with fellow students of Chris Oatly Academy 

This rhyme was a challenge because a lot was going on. Originally I was going to add the last illustration of the children in bed,  But visually it looked to week compare to the other ones illustrating challenges.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Illustration Friday

This week's word is Vanity

I had fun with this one.  I used one of the illustrations from my last post, The Beggars Are coming to Town.  He's the man in tags, I just aded color and a pair of wings, because there is something about this character that I thought he needed wings, besides I don't think he would be satified with less. ;)

So what do you think, is there a story here?  What part could he be playing?
Would love to hear about it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The beggars are coming to town

Nursery Rhyme Personal Challenge with fellow Chris Oatly students 

"Hark hark the dogs do bark
The beggars are coming to town
Some in rags and some in jags*
And one in a velvet gown."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The mouse has married the bumble bee

Nursery Rhyme Challenge with fellow Chris Oatly students 

"A cat came dancing out out of the barn,
With a fiddle under her arm.
She could play nothing but fiddle-cum-fee,
The mouse has married the bumble bee."

Manga effect
Would love to know your opinion.  which do you prefer: the manga effect or the original sketch effect?

(original) sketch effect

The idea for this challenge was to illustrate a nursery rhyme using black, white, light gray and dark gray.
I did my sketches using the ASKetch app and downloaded them the Comicbook app