Ripley straps in and reaches for the airlock button - alien comic page
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2012

Paralysis [66]

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Art Notes

About 3 weeks and after a couple of days of work on and off - here it is. Comicking is hard it really is - but I'm learning, and hopefully getting better at it.

I haven't had a chance to think of a write-up for this with all the various work and non-work responsibilities. All the packing's done for the trip to Munich tomorrow, the baby portrait is painted so we can give it as a present (phew) and Johnny's in bed asleep. We'll be back up at 4:30am to drive to the airport.

Smokin'

There was a new challenge with this page: depicting smoke. It'd be pretty easy to do lots of multi-layers of misty airbrush stuff in Photoshop, making the nearer stuff blurry with a filter, but I'm loathe to get too much into imitating photography. In the first new grown-up Star Wars age 9 page of 2010, I used a photoshop blur to get a sense of depth [panel 1, right side] but I regretted it as it was gimmicky and not in keeping with the flat line art.

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The worst crime on this page today is probably the airbrushed glows added to some objects - but I just about like them. So the misty smoke in this is unrealistic in the photographic - real-life sense but it has a roughness that's more in keeping with the drawings which I did by hand on paper in black ink. It's grittier.

Next?

I hope you enjoy the artwork anyway! And I'll do my best to get the next one - which is a shocker - to you within a week or so.

- John

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PS: Feck the cat Ripley - and press the goddamned button!

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