Saturday, December 02, 2006

Graphic Classics: Udolpho



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Above are sample pages from my latest project, Anne Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho," which is the featured story for the upcoming Graphic Classics anthology "Gothic Classics." "Udolpho" is adapted by Antonella Caputo--who succeeded in packing the original 500-page novel into 46 comics pages-- with art by me.

This is the most challenging comics project I've tackled because of the story's epic scale. We're talking about 16th-century France and Italy, complete with costumes, numerous sets, and a host of characters. Then there's the dark atmosphere, a stretch for my default art style.

In one comics seminar, I told the participants that it's possible to tweak one's art style to fit a particular genre. In the case of Udolpho, I used loads of cross-hatching and shadows, and tried to make the sets as large and foreboding as the page space allowed. Overall, Udolpho was a wonderful comics illustration experience--it pushed me to do things I never thought I could.

Time to take a break, then on to the next project.

8 comments:

Mopz said...

Woah! Sir Carver, kayo rin ba yung gumawa nung mga buildings?

Grabe ang galing. *mahina sa mga buildings* T_T

Simula nung matapos ko yung ZZZ, nagtataka ako puro inks po ba yung ZZZ (pati tong gothic-ish project nyong to?)

Carver said...

mopz... Hello! 'Yung mga buildings, based sa mga references na pinadala sa akin at na-research ko. That's supposed to be Venice n'ong 16th century, pero pina-bongga ko lang nang konti kasi sabi sa script "magical city" daw. Kaya ayun. Iba talaga ang nagagawa ng research--hindi puwedeng hulaan 'yan.

Tulad ng karaminhan, pencils and inks ako. Pero 'yung inks, sign pen atsaka markers ang gamit ko. Hindi ko pa gamay masyado 'yung quill pen at brush. :-)

Mopz said...

@carver

Ahaha ako rin di ko maintindihan yung paggamit ng quill (messy pa ;_; )

Ano naman pong mgra brand and gamit nyo? (with inks specially)

Pasensya na kung medyo matanong hehe.

Carver said...

mopz... oks lang 'yan. :-)

Forever akong gumagamit ng UNI Pin na sign pen from 01 to 08 na thickness, though mas madalas kong gamitin ang 03. Tapos, nariyan ang Sharpie na marker. :-)

Dati, sinubukan ko 'yung brush pen. Masaya siyang gamitin at mabilis, kaya lang praktis talaga ang kelangan. :-)

mopz said...

@carver

Ha?! Akala ko ginamit nyo lang ung UNIPin sa Komikon na wala wala lang, common nyo pa lang ginagamit!.

Ang problema ko lang kasi po dun hindi siya friendly sa lahat ng paper surfaces, e mahilig pa man din akong mag ink pagkatapos nung pencil art. Kaya kapag binura, hayun nag fe fade yung ink.

Can you share tips regarding that? hehehe +_+

Carver said...

mopz... tama ka dyan... nabubura nga ang UNI Pin. Ang ginagawa ko, pagkatapos kong mag-rough pencils, gumagamit ako ng 01 na UNI Pin bilang preliminary inking guide. Tapos, erase erase erase. 'Yung finished product ang ginangamit ko para sa actual inking.

Yes, it's tedious, pero hanggang 'di ko pa gamay ang other inking methods, stick muna ako dito.

Mopz said...

EH!? Oo nga no!? Bakit di ko naisip yang ganyan? Effective nga. (Pano kase inuuna ko yung reklamo siomai >_<)

Sa tingin ko, mas maiigi na yung tedious kung alam mo naman na ayus ang kalalabasan di ba?.

Salamat sa tip Sir Carver. :D

vincedejesus said...

Grabe! Ang galing mo naman. syet. Parang ang hirap i-drawing ng mga images kapatid.

Galeeeeeeeeeeeng! As always!

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