Project Clones: The comics. Part 2.

Making of first page; 2nd album of Clones

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“Heya folks!” Goodmorning – or afternoon – depending on where you’re currently reading this from. I’m just going to post a small update here on the progress of Clones whilst the first album is over at the press store. As you might remember, I did a few of these step-by-step progress shots in the past, right? Well, for this months treat to you guys, I decided to post another one of the first page of my second comic of Clones.

As usual, I’m posting ‘m without the text, for a twofold reason: partially because the art alone deserves an equal place in the spotlights and secondly, because I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with the whole “should-I-post-this-online-or-not” issue. I guess a lot is riding on finding a decent publisher. Something I really should work harder on. For now tough, I invite you to enjoy these seven slides made from blood, sweat and .. well.. no tears (yet).

A lot of effort went in it though, and I’m still not sure over the final colors (and might change ‘m during the development of the other pages) but hey, I have to move on, otherwise I will get nothing done! For further development on this project, you can always find more wip-shots over at my Twitter page or on Somewhere.

For now, I’m of to bed though. Sleepwell!

Comic 2 Clones Page 1

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A reflection on 2015

Those who know me, will say I don’t often look back to the past.

Those who really know me, will say it’s cause I just can’t remember. So when I just wrote ‘A reflection on 2015’, it’s what really comes to mind at this very moment. And honestly? It’s not going to be that much. Only two things. But they matter most to me at the moment, and that’s what counts, right?

First of all, I know they have a holiday for this sort of stuff in the US, but here in Europe, we don’t, so I’ll just write it here and now.. I’d like to give thanks. To all the people out there who’ve been supporting me. And that’s not just family and friends. I’m referring to all the followers, be it on Twitter, Somewhere, or here, on WordPress. You guys are awesome. I don’t know why you guys like what I draw and write, and I probably never will (maybe that’s for the best), but you do, and I’m very thankful for that. It gives me a certain reassurance that I can draw about what I like, and write about how I feel or experience things. Honestly, when I started this, I didn’t really anticipate anyone ever reading this. It was just going to be something for myself. An online data storage unit of some sorts. And I still treat it as such, to be honest. I’ve been contemplating moving these contents to a different medium at many times in the past, but everytime I end up with a lot of hassle and decide it’s not worth the trouble. It’s not like I post that much even. Not that I’m not trying, it’s just that it’s priority isn’t really that high on my list. Drawing on the other hand..

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Which brings me to the next item. I’ve been posting already about this earlier this week, over at Twitter. So to those who are following me over there as well, it won’t come to you as actual new stuff. For the past year (I started back in January of 2015) I’ve been slaving away at my own comic. These are the first bricks of my hopefully gargantuan tower, the base of what might become my own graphic novel, and it took me a lot of time. I was already writing on it way before January 2015, although the actual drawing process only started this year. “The Chronicles of Clones”, as it’s called, is something of a baby to me. I’ve been working on this for several years now, on and off at the start. Mostly writing down little dots and notes.. Until one fine day I started collecting all these sketchbook notes and post-it scribbles into a decent file on my data drives. Today.. well actually, a few days ago, I have reached the first milestone of all that work. I have created the first completed issue of Clones. Darn proud about it too. If only my 8-year old self could read it. He’d be so proud of me, I think. Ever since I can remember, it’s what I wanted to achieve. And a few weeks from now, after the holidays, it’ll become a reality. I’ll actually have the very first prototype in my hands. Now comes the next step though, to find a publisher. And here we come full circle. This is where I’ll just let the internet do it’s thing. Let people share this post, like it, comment on it and what have you. And I’ll be very grateful for it.

Wish me luck, people. I’ll need it.

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Project Clones: The “in-between-comic”.

Inktober’s here again folks! Another year’s passed, stuff has happened, both terrible and awesome, but Inktober is still here. I’ll participate in it again, every day (I’m in it for the long haul) for the entire month just as I did last year (remember, it’s all stored here for your reading pleasure, along with the explanation of what it exactly is). Over the past year, I’ve been thinking in what way I wanted to see this story going. As you might recall, I ended the story with a cliffhanger. And for this year, I had the same ‘problem’. What did I wanted to go with: A happy ending, a sad ending or even no ending? Do I wanted it to have another cliffhanger or not? All these questions were pondering inside my dark and creepy mind whilst I was drawing on the other stuff. So many options..

But I had to pick one. Just one. So for now, I went with something that felt appropriate. Something that took me a while too. A while you say? Well, yes.. You think I just came up with this story at the end of September? Oooh boy, are you wrong. Nononooo, this is months in the making. I have no clue how long it takes for other people to develop some form of decent storytelling, but for me it takes a while. As for this one, I eventually decided to give it some form of ending. Not a jolly, happy one, nor was it a sad ending. It also doesn’t really feel like a cliffhanger, but it’s definitely not a closed ending as well. I see it as an “in-between-comic”. Since this storyline is just about a few clones anyways. After all, when Star Wars kicked of in 1977 with Episode IV, no one said anything about that, right? So I see no reason why I can’t do the same.

To be honest.. after all this pondering and re-writing, I’m really hoping it came out well in the end. I’ve had some feedback over the years from a few other people, and whilst they all praised my work so far, I will always be my own harshest critic. I still see so many flaws, things I should’ve worked on longer, improved better, or simply should’ve written out or replaced with something else. But I try to live in the spirit of ‘getting things done’ and to move on when I feel like I should. If I wouldn’t do that, I’d still be here probably, writing and pondering over this month’s storyline for Inktober.

Also, if you’ve been following me over at Somewhere and/or Twitter, you might’ve noticed multiple “work in progress” shots or “wip’s” as I like to call ‘m, but in contrast to this months black ‘n white, all colored. Not to worry, that will still resume, once I’m done with Inktober. It’s also an entirely different storyline, although happening in the same universe of things. Maybe it’ll all come together at some point, maybe not. Who knows?

I’m going to leave you with the promise that I’ll be updating my twitter feed every day at 3PM UTC time (and my gallery every weekend). So basically, since I live in Belgium, that’ll be 5PM for me (gives me a bit of an edge for last minute changes and all that). As for now, here’s to another month of inky goodness.

Cheers!

Project Clones: The comics. Part 1.

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For a while now I’ve been working on a few sideprojects. When I say “for a while” I actually mean, for a very, very, very, very, really big, (holy moly I can’t remember when I started), verrrrrry long time. One of these sideprojects are my little Clones.

I’m sure you’ve noticed them trudging around here ‘n there. Though it’s only been recently that I decided to mold them into comic form. So that means -if you know me a bit- I started building up a huge reserve of pages lately. Work on it goes slow, as usual, but it’s very rewarding. Since I normally share my wip (Work In Progress) shots on twitter or the platform of Somewhere,
I thought it’d be a nice change of pace to throw it on here.wip_B08_Small

What I’m about to show you here, is a small breakdown of what normally takes about two days of work. We start at the sketching phase, go over the linework, move on to the shadows, with the flat colors next and the final painting as last. Though normally I tend to skip a few things for myself here ‘n there you know. For example, for the purpose of this small peek behind the screen, I seperated all the phases, but usually I tend to do my shadows alongside with my flat colors, and even add some light here ‘n there as well. Maybe even throw in a few effects even. It’s odd, that I’d have the same work method as a normal painter, since I almost never liked painting with a real brush in the past. You could say this is my compensation for it.

So this is it. Now you have a small insight in the making of the art for comic books. I’m not sure I’m doing it right though, since I still feel like I’m treating my pages way too much like my illustrations and therefore am losing a lot of time over simple messing around with the final details. Though I do got most of the process down to full automatisation and even got the script laid out for several more pages, so that shouldn’t be a problem (for now).

Don’t forget to check my tweets regularly if you want to stay up to date!