The best thing about issue 3 is all the rocky, outdoor settings. There’s something very freeing and satisfying about creating such abstract and unlimited environments. I used to be a professional geologist, and I guess a love-of-rocks is still part of me.
In this panel, Clarabelle realizes that, despite how far she’s already come, she still has a long and difficult climb ahead of her. I certainly sympathize with her. Life seems to be a non-stop uphill, even when doing something as fun and satisfying as drawing. As much as I love making comics, sometimes I look at all the pages ahead and feel overwhelmed.
If she asked, I’d tell Clarabelle, “In life, as well as when scrambling over mountainsides, just keep your focus on what’s right in front of you and worry about tackling the far-off slope once you get there.” Oh, and snakes. For the gods’ sake, watch out for snakes.
Who likes sketches? Here’s a look inside my compact, little sketchbook I carry around with me. They’re supposed to be an artillery gun needed for the story in Father Robot issue #3. At first I was going for a spidery-looking vehicle that could kind of crawl around the hillsides, firing on our intrepid hero. It occurred to me that not only was that going to be a real headache to draw with the story needs, but that such a design would not be practical for a powerful gun.
This sketch is very close to what I actually ended up using. In fact, I took the concept phase no further once I had these sketches on the page. It looks like it might be able to walk (or at least waddle) around, but could keep its footing when that powerful canon is fired. If you look closely you can see FR, a lil’ person, and a Southern Forces robot standing off to the side for scale. A human should be able to climb up and stand in that glass canopy in the front.
Just messing around with Adobe Illustrator.
I was trying to come up with a new logo for the “bad guys” in Father Robot, and someone pointed out to me how near I was to making up a new surfboard company.
So, here you go…
Or is she “making” a break (for it)? I’m really loving the work on issue #3 as there’s lots of rocky landscape, and I find drawing that kind of environment very satisfying.
I have yet to take on landscape-illustration in any organized way, but the more I get a taste of it the more interested I get. I’d love to learn how to paint landscapes or (zoinks!) make relatively quick sketches of environments with my Copic markers.
Until then, I’ll keep on with the line work, which remains my passion.
Sometimes weeks go by and I haven’t returned phone calls or messages. I feel like all I do is go to work and draw. On good days I also sleep, but there’s not much more than those few things.
All in the name of comics.
The good news is that I’m really happy with the results I’m getting from my work on issue #3. I’ll try and put some previews up soon, but I’ve found that posting is one of those things that slip away in the temporal blackhole that is comic page-production. For those of you who follow my work, I’m sorry not to post more. I look forward to putting up more, regular updates soon.
In the meantime, here’s a quick, digital, color sketch from work on Father Robot.
This soldier from the future is supposed to be one of the “bad guys”. I thought it interesting that when designing villains, I right away went to harsh angles and cool colors (in an earlier version). I then started over, thinking about all those poor schmucks who just needed a job and ended up being on the wrong side of inevitability in stories like Cobra in GI Joe and Imperial Stormtroopers. My uniform for those unknowing evil-doers is hopefully a little ambiguous as far as archetypes go, I hope. He could be fixing his spaceship on his way to trade foodstuffs or burning villages of Care Bears, but you would never guess by looking…
Convention-season is upon me, and I’m eagerly awaiting the finished proof of issue #2, ready to go to print as soon as the final version is in my hands. In the meantime, there’s lots to do on issue #3, as well as an overload of promotional material I’d like to have ready for my first table of the year. It’s going to be back in my favorite city, Seattle, for the Emerald City Comicon. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends, showing my girlfriend my favorite haunts (and rainy tourist spots), and introducing the denizens of that wonderful area to Father Robot.
The above image is from the cover of issue #2. The book has a cropped version, and I plan to make high-res prints of the full shot available at the convention table next month. I really like it, and I wish I could spend as much time and attention to every panel of the book as I did this one image. It was hand-drawn, then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.
The final touches are going on to Father Robot issue #2, and I’m already working on the pages for issue #3. My minutes of free-time are few and far between these days, but I wanted to take some time to put another sneak-peek up.
FR sure loves his Clarabelle. I hope all of you get a big hug from a well-meaning robot soon too…
Colors by the outstanding Jenny Gosk.
Just working on some more concepts of vehicles for the ol’ comic book series. In addition to the mobile lab, the story calls for a whole mess of vehicles in a para-militaristic convoy of sorts. So, I thought some jeep-like ATVs might go well with that big truck. What I was going for was a simple concept that would serve to have components that could be switched out/added on to and such. Here’s there’s a roll-bar, but there just as easily have an anti-bullet bubble, like the one the pope can create, an armored metal-plate hardtop, or maybe a wench on the front. Mounted-machine guns, anyone?
There’s a few characters sketched-in for scale. I did the line work by hand, but the colors were added in Photoshop.
Next, I need to come up some mobile barracks for when the convoy stops at the local equivalent of a KOA. I should probably finish working on the comic book pages first.
You might remember a concept sketch for this sci-fi truck going up a number of weeks back. Well, here is a preview from its first appearance in Father Robot issue #2.
The vehicle is to be a mobile lab, meant to bottle-up ol’ FR and find out what makes him tick. If you look real carefully, you might be able to get a peak at the big baddie whose time-to-shine is coming up soon.