Monday, July 15, 2013
The creation of Hilt continues apace. Having settled on a style, I thought it high time that I let you all have a sneak peak as to what the final product is going to look like. As you can see, I've gone for striking black'n'white. This has a couple of advantages for me. I've always been a great fan of monochromatic art, as it allows the form and composition to shine, without the distraction of colour. Additionally, it means, in theory, a reduction in production times, as well as a reduction in costs when it comes time to print.
As a big fan of Akira, I've always loved the way simple gradients of screentone can add depth. As some of you may have seen on my personal blog, I've been playing around with the technique for a while now. In some panels I've gone a step further, using the screentone texture to shade in more detail. As always, it's a balancing act to get the greatest amount of effect while not losing too much time.
Since starting this comic I've become aware of the fantastic work of Sean G Murphy and his fabulously illustrated comic Punk Rock Jesus. Sean shows how well the screentone technique can be used to enrich black'n'white artwork and is one of the finest examples of it's application outside of Manga.
I'll be posting more artwork and panels as the project nears completion, including some rough layout pages, so stay tuned, and thanks for looking. Click on the image for higher resolution.