Still at work on ‘Dagon’ and other projects. The people drawn in the foreground of this picture are a
direct swipe from tribute to an Al Feldstein comic (The Spawn of Venus).
A page from one of my works in progress, “Dagon” by Lovecraft.
Just got a handful of ‘proof’ versions of the Shaver comic in the mail from the printer… they look pretty good but there are a few pages I might have to redo. These will be shipped out to publishers who will hopefully respond with enthusiasm and big offer$ because comic books about dead artists who were conspiracy theorists are bigger than pokemon go.
Those lousy Krauts are gonna sink that ship!
This is page 16 with naked people being led off to a sorrowful existence underground. Hoping to be able to send this off to potential publishers in a week or three as a rough draft… then on to another project which has waited too long.
Another two page spread for the Shaver book.
So I was working on something special that needs to be printed on fabric… but I like working on paper more than digital… but when I work on paper I tend to use a lot more lines than is good for printing on fabric… so here is my current solution that both allows me to work on paper AND to reduce a drawing to its essential elements for printing on fabric. First, here is the original as I drew it with pen and ink (my favorite way to work):
With my continuing education in digital stuff, I can run the above image (which I am quite happy with) through adobe illustrator Image Trace utility, and, with some experimentation/fiddling, come out with this:
Which also looks pretty good to me in an Expressionist ‘woodcut’ sort of way. The second one is more suitable for printing in situations where the finer lines of the original won’t carry (like on fabric or one of those fancy gold foil print jobs).
Hint: if you are an Illustrator user and want to do something similar, not only experiment with the image trace utility, but play around with the resolution of the image you are converting. For the above illustration, I did several experiments and discovered that I liked it best when I reduced the image to about 1/3rd of its original resolution.