Persia Blues – an artist’s perspective

(Originally posted on the Ferret Press blog here)

Brent made this great process post over on my other blog, and I felt it should be shared here as well. Take it away, Brent:

I’ve just finished an amazing dream sequence for the upcoming graphic novel Persia Blues, written by Dara and drawn by yours truly. This is how I did it. (Not really a tutorial exactly but more of a show and tell)

First i looked at the script and i did my breakdowns and thumbnails.

Now I’ll show you all the pencils compared to the inks. These pages are done in the “here” part of the story, which is the fantasy world. So I’m using inks, inkwash, markers, and pencils.

I used a real photo of a persian rug for the rug in panel 2, tweaking it in Photoshop and dropping it in as a texture. Same thing with the stars in Minoo’s hair.

This is a double page spread. Added my standard cloud background and some spots for the White Demon. And some stars. but actually very little photoshop on this one. You may notice a few changes from the pencil stage to the finished art. Particularly with the warrior figure on the far right. i just wasn’t happy with the figure. So i fixed it. I’m happy with the results.

I drew the crowd scene on a different piece of paper and just added it in when I was done. Also used my standard cloud background. (Years ago I drew a full sheet of clouds in pencil and I was so happy with it and unable to replicate it that i just keep using it over and over again as a background.

Anyway that’s it. I’m lovong this project. All feedback is appreciated.

And y’all check out our Kickstarter project. Dara’s working on it as we speak.

Oh and as a side note here is my cloud background. Made it back in 2004 or 2005 for some unfinished project or another. I call it “stormy weather”. Now that you know about it, you will see it in my work ALL the time.

 

 

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