Category Archives: Comics
Hey! Busy, busy, busy. I’m determined to get more posts out, though. Lately I’ve been working like a madman and sleeping very little. The weeks fly by and I find myself nearly into the second month of 2016 already, with no real recollection of what happened to the month of January. I still find myself thinking of what I’m going to accomplish in the new year, and then realizing I’m well into it. Accomplish I have, though! Most excitingly, the printing (finally) of issue #3 of Father Robot. I’ve been waiting for the publisher to put out the digital version, to no avail. I have no idea what’s going on there…
Anyway, in the spirit of all things FR, here’s a sketch from way-back in the development days of the series. I don’t know why he has no arm.
I’ve got to get back to work, but I hope you enjoy the drawing and please feel free to drop me a line here or at sam@samgarlandillustrations… especially if you’d like to acquire a copy of the new issue!
That’s it, pretty much. The title kind of says it all. I’ve sort of settled in Oklahoma City now. I have a day job that takes pretty much all of my waking hours during the week and the freelance work takes up the rest of it. From too little work to too much. Ugh. I miss rainy days and mellow liberals. Does Seattle miss me?
Throughout the 80’s, Hayao Miyazaki created a comic called Nausicaä. I didn’t discover the series until about 10 years ago, but I was blown away by the style it was done in. There was a lot of hashing instead of solid blacks (for shading) and everything was done in a kind of loose, organic line work. It created such a unique feel for everything, and really even created a mood for the whole world. I feel like these 3-value drawings of Father Robot I’ve done in the past couple of days remind me of how Nausicaä made me feel back when I first read it. Not that it’s in the same style or anywhere near as well-rendered, but I do like how this has come out.
Again, this was done with Copic technical pens and sketch markers. I got a little more variation in value by blending the markers together when I could.
I did some drawings of Father Robot’s head yesterday and, after I finished, I decided that I liked one for a new profile pic of FR’s Facebook page. It’s nice to feel “back in the saddle” with this book. I think I’ve had some real hang-ups about finishing the series, but even doing a couple of little drawings of this big lug have made me realize how much I like him. So, look forward to lots more of this kooky automaton and enjoy this image.
I drew the line work traditionally, with Copic technical pens, but cleaned it up in Photoshop and Illustrator. The coloring was all done in Photoshop, using my buddy‘s Cintique (it was my first time to use one for coloring!) Of course, all lettering is done in Illustrator.
Just warming up with a little Father Robot today. I miss this guy!
I forget how hard he can actually be do draw. When I designed him it was from some very static poses, which I was able to set up with some profiles and shapes I found very pleasing. Twisting and turning him all around, though, makes some problems for me. I always preferred him without his rocket-launching backpack. So, this is a little variation on the robot you see in my comic, with some new shoulder patches and forearm cannon as well.
This was done the old-fashioned way, with technical (Copic) pens on paper.
I almost never draw superheroes. It’s usually robots, spacesuits, starships… or robots in spacesuits on starships. Well, recently I had a good reason to draw Superman, and while I can’t share that one, this drawing of Green Lantern came out of the process of getting the pose for that drawing down.
I used some good ol’ Copic multiliners (technical pens) to lay down some nice, clean lines, and then I use some Adobe apps to clean things up and smooth the rough edges.
I’d like to color it this week if I have time. So, maybe look forward to that!
It’s been a crazy month of traveling, visiting, and trying to make sense out of work. I’m finally getting to a place where I can start being productive again, and I promise there’ll be more posts with new awesomeness soon. In the mean time, here’s a little treat form my sketchbook:
If you think you may have seen this one before, you could be right. One of my favorite things to do when I just want to warm up in the morning is to throw some vellum over and old sketch and try and cleanly work some lines with technical pens. The sketch was done years ago, but I felt it had more to offer. So, I inked this on the bus… or maybe it was the train… definitely NOT the plane, though. I hate flying so much.
The as-yet unnamed heroine of the Garman Hagland project is getting closer to that far-off city. It looks like there’s been some trouble in the past, though.
Back to ol’ Thunderbird again. I rarely draw superheroes, but I’ve got a need for a good understanding of this discarded mutant. So, I end trying out different versions of him time and again. The problem is, it’s hard to find good reference for this guy. Even within one book, there’s a rather large variation of what his details are. This problem is only increased by his ability to morph into a radically different version when angered. Anyway, I did my best, but I know I forgot the little gauntlets he’s supposed to have popping off his meaty forearms.
I had lots of fun drawing Thunderbird. Because of his powers and variable appearance, I felt it was a good excuse to exaggerate proportions and just enjoy myself. Then, I went after him with Copic markers, and there’s nothing more fun than coloring a solid drawing with those! The only thing I’m not completely satisfied with is the red tones. It looks like my scanner couldn’t pick up the variation of that color, as I had actually used a darker value in many places. Oh well, maybe I’ll go over the piece again with some warm gray in those areas…
One of my favorite things about Copics is the flexibility they have to be blended. here’s a revision of the first post after I went back and added some darker value to spots. I just took some warm and neutral grays to the areas where there was already flat (or at least lacking enough variation of) color, and now I think it looks much better.