Project Clones: The comics. Part 2.

Making of first page; 2nd album of Clones

Click me to view the entire process!

“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

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..

Presentation 1 Comic
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.

Presentation 2 Comic

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!

#Inktober 2013 – The Aftermath

Banner Inktober 2013 Done

So at the start of this month, I said I was going to enter the challenge for this month’s #Inktober right? I also wasn’t sure that, in all my ambition, I would succeed. Since it’s been super busy around here (not even taking all the moving into the new house into account here), I had to plan a lot of stuff, and most of the times I was still up working late hours to get stuff done at the last minute.

Inktober entry, Day 31

Inktober entry, Day 31

But we emerged victorious! We fought the darkness that kept creeping in, the seductive sleep that lured us into our beds late at night and we battled ourselves to the final and most epic fight at the end of the month. The one fight to rule all others. I’m referring here those very last days, where I actually had to talk to a few people for coming up with ideas, since most of the times I ended up staring at blank pages. All in all, it’s been fun. I would very much like to thank Jake Parker again, since he came up with the idea, after all. Dabbling in ink is something I haven’t been doing for a long time, and being able to do so, has surely re-introduced me into a world of instant gratification, since I was mostly getting very edgy lately at those pixels on my screen, when photoshop decided to wipe all my work straight into the bin for no reason at all (that only happened once though, to be honest).

They Have A Golem

They Have A Golem

On the positive side, some of the guys I produced you will definitely be seeing again, as I very much intend to give ‘m some colour when I get to have more time. I’d love to see ‘m pinned on my wall in a couple of frames, at some point. But hey, that’s all for the future. For now, you can all enjoy this nice collection of 31 days worth of Inktober entries right over here.

Last but certainly not least, you might have noticed, that for this month, I’ve been using the Halloween-theme quite a lot in the Inktober-challenge; throwing scary faces, situations and enemies of all kinds in there. That is now coming to an end with the final and most epic fight I did so far in any illustration to date. I present to you my baby for this month.

Have a happy Halloween folks.

– Because I love it.

#Inktober 2013

Banner Inktober 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated into any contest, don’t you think? Yeah sure, there was the one from during the summer.. but that’s all in the past. An artist has to move on, keep going further, push him/herself to the limit, only to find out that there’s a lot more ‘pushing’ to be done. Irony as good as it gets, right there.

Inktober entry, Day 4

Inktober entry, Day 4

So basically, with nothing on my hands (yeah, right), I decided to participate into this month’s #Inktober. What’s that you say? I couldn’t read it because of the hashtag that was in front of it. Oh, it’s nothing much really. It’s this contest on twitter you see, where you’re supposed to create an ink drawing on a regular basis (I chose to go with every day) throughout the month of October, hence “Inktober”. Clever play of words really. Unfortunately not my own invention I’m afraid, it’s actually all the idea of Jake Parker, who started it all. Since it’s been a while that I’ve been dabbling in ink, I decided to pick this one, and see how long I’ll last. Will I be able to keep up for all 31 days? Time will tell.

I will be adding my sketches to this gallery at the end of every workweek. You will also be able to follow my #Inktober updates on my Twitter, should you want to stay updated on a more regular basis. And if you want to see ALL the #Inktober sketches, search for the #INKtober hashtag on all the major social networks.

Cheers
– Me.

PS Due  to the fact that I didn’t foresee the great amount of work to be displayed here (it’s 31 days after all), I moved the entire gallery to here. This will keep things more clean and provide for a better overview, after all. Anyways, nothing to see here, carry on folks 😉

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done lately?

Banner Twitter

Like it says in the title: “What’s the craziest thing you’ve done lately?”

Today I can proudly stand up and announce that I’m a Color Runner. Last weekend The Color Run was held here in Belgium, Brussels. 10.000 people checked in as seen on facebook, of whom I was one of them. We got sprayed with blue, green, orange and .. pink. Good heavens … pink, so *much* pink! I own the color now. Included picture proves you why, I believe. As a person who lives and breathes art, I now got to have a taste of it too, and I have to say that it tasted quite funny.

The Color Runner; after

Objective of this whole 5k run is to have fun. Simple as that. I know I had mine at least, so much in fact, that I barely got to make any pictures actually (something that barely happens, as I am a bit of a picture fanatic). For those wondering, yes, there is the aspect of running as well, but the people of The Color Run don’t really want that part to shine through, in fact, they make that even very clear. I, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of it and decided to do the run twice, ending up with a solid 10km behind me! My feet still don’t approve though.

A small note on the color blasts; man, those events occurred every 20 minutes! I thought it would be just a one time thing only. Was I wrong there. Basically, a color blast is where everyone throws his own personal pack of color into the air when the countdown hits zero. A truly magical moment of color, I can assure you. This resulted in me attending so many I lost count actually. It’s also the reason why I got so “pinked”. Those leave-blowers you know, that they use in the park during the fall? They have more uses then just blowing leaves, actually, as I found out when I got all the color powder blown off my face.

Of course, since I’m an artist, I could not let this event just pass by without giving it my own impression, so that’s why I transformed my twitter-account to a more colourful-version for the weekend.

Lastly, to the people of The Color Run event; a very heartily ‘thank you’ for this unique experience. You guys have a winning formula here. Please come back to Belgium at some point, but you know, give us some time to get all the (pink) colorpowder out of our noses first, mkay? 😉

Cheers,

– Me.