#Groot wants to save his lil buddy, #Rocket. #Marvel #comics #drawing I like drawing these lil thumbnails. Sometimes you can catch so much in just a tiny lil box. Of course, the trick is capturing it in the final drawing.
BOOM!! Got the new #Bendis book in the mail today. Super stoked to read this one. I always look forward to panels hosted by Bendis or new Word Ballon podcasts with him. The guy loves comics and loves sharing everything he has learned. Sharing knowledge is great. Everyone should gave a chance to excel.
Here are my first draft thumbnails. They are a bit messy, a bit tiny and there are notes everywhere reminding me who is who and notes on changing the camera angles around to make it more dynamic. It’s hard to tell what’s going on if you don’t know the script, so here’s the rundown.
Panel 1 - Alien commander surveying weapons taken from Guardian’s ship.
Panel 2 - Commander looking over at Guardians in status tubes.
Panel 3 - Commander trying to remember what they forgot.
Panel 4 - Remembering
Panel 5 - Room gets shaken up as…
Full page spread - Groot busts in!!
Panel 1 - Groot is exhausted.
Panel 2 - Groot approaches the status tubes
Panel 3 - Groot checks on Rocket, his best friend
Panel 4 - Groot looks over controls
Panel 5 - Pushes Button
Panel 6 - Alarm goes off
Panels 1-5 - Groot backhands the tubes, one by one, busting them open.
Panel 6 - Groot is exhausted again. Guardians lying around him.
Panel 7 - Peter looks up, covered in goo
Panel 1 - Everyone is stretching and gathering weapons
Panel 2 - Peter is checking the control panel. Tony Stark is whining about his broken armor
Panel 3 - Rocket offers up “the coolest space weapon he has ever seen.”
Panel 4 - The Guardians get ready to “beat ass.”
These are basic layouts and are pretty flat. Now, I am going to quickly sketch them out on bigger paper and work on tweaking the camera angles and getting some of the details down such as objects lying in background or techy things on the walls. I like to do nearly all my work in this stage so I know what I will be drawing on the final page. It also reduces the amount of eraser marks on the main page. The pencils I use to do the underdrawing are wax based and don’t erase that well. This is where most of the work is done in drawing comics.
These are great. ❤️
Working on my Marvel submission. First thing I do is go over the script and take notes. Sometimes certain objects or lighting, etc won’t be mentioned till later in a scene, so I go through and label everything I need to include. I also note different emotions I need to get across. Then I draw lil ideas in the margins for basic layout and placement of characters. Maybe with some ideas of camera angles. #iamgroot #comics
New Mutants multi media collage poster Bill Sienkiewicz.
One of the reasons Sienkiewicz is one of my faves. I love his mixed media superhero work.
This is the first day in a lil over a year I don’t have a Like A Potato deadline looming over my head. Looming isn’t the right word. It comes with too many negative connotations. Some days I did have to make myself crank it out, but I did, truly, love working on them every week. It feels a lil weird to not be working on Potato Pages anymore, but I am ready to ride that wave into my next projects and keep up the momentum.
The first thing I am going to work on is my newest submission for Marvel Comics which I am also going to send to other publishers. I got a Guardians of the Galaxy script to work on from Marvel back in April when I went to Emerald City Comicon, but I wanted to work on refining and solidifying my artwork a bit before I delved into it. I also wanted to finish up Like A Potato so I could devote my full attention to them.
I want to get these pages done before the movie comes out in two weeks so that I am not overly influenced by the movie versions of the characters. I am gong to spend today and tomorrow working out the specifics of each character and the setting. Then I am giving myself about two days to work on and finalize the layouts before I get into the actual penciling.Then I want to ink the pages. I have only inked Potato Pages and have never inked any of my comic sample pages. I just did my first completed inking piece a few weeks ago. But I want to ink my own pencils so there’s no better time than the present!!
I already have plans for further adventures beyond this, but for now it’s crunch time!!