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Status Update

August 18, 2013

I’ve moved some relevant blog posts from my old site, ragtag.net to here. They contain some early sketches for The Raft that I thought you might enjoy. I’ve collected these posts under the ragtag.net tag.

You may also have noticed that this site hasn’t been updated for almost two years. I’ve been a bit busy with life and other projects, including some open-source software development. One of the tools I’ve developed is GIMP Book. It’s a tool for managing multiple pages, such as comic books, when using GIMP.

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For those of you that don’t know GIMP, it’s an open-source graphics and image manipulation program, that works on Linux, Windows and Mac. It works in much the same way as Photoshop, except that you can get it for free from gimp.org.

I’ve also been trying to bring an old artistic 3D renderer back to life, called Jot, by writing a Blender exporter for it. Jot let’s you render your 3D animations with a hand drawn look and feel. I’ve rendered out the status of David (modeled by gabrielmda) in Jot, to give you an impression of what it can do.

As for more comics, there just may  be some in the near future. I’m currently, albeit extremely slowly, working on a short 8-9 page comics using Gimp Book. In addition I’ve got several projects on the backburner that may, or may not come to fruition.

These include a couple of longer stories, that I may turn into either comics or novels with some illustrations (as drawing long format comics is just too much work, and I’m lazy). In addition I’ve wanted to bring Now and Then back to life, either as an animated film, as originally intended, or as a painted comics. Either way, I’m not making any promises, and it may be another year or two until queertales.com sees another update.

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Busy Drawing

November 2, 2006

Here is a panel from The Raft that I drew today that I’m quite happy with.

In addition I went over some of the earlier pages and fixed stuff that had been bugging me, including the last panel on page 9, shown in the previous post. I decided to switch to a wider pen, which seems to have made me a bit more comfortable. It makes it harder to get into the fine details, but keeps things more loose and flowing.

From Script to Comics

October 27, 2006

As the few of who read these pages from time to time might have noticed I’m working on a new comic. It’s called The Raft, and is coming along nicely at the moment. Here is how I go about making it.

First there is the script. I’ve done countless rewrites of it, and the final story is nothing at all like the original idea I started out with. I chose to write the script in the standard format used for screenplays, using a nice little free software called Celtx. The final script was around 29 pages, while the comic will be around 92 pages once done. Here is the script for page 9.

Once I was more or less happy with the script I began drawing a very rough layout for the entire comics. This way I don’t spend much time on each page, and won’t feel uncomfortable about scrapping whole pages if they are not working. I did the rough on paper and photographed it to get it into the computer as I have no scanner. Here is the rough layout for the same page.

After completing the entire rough version of the comics and figuring out how the raft itself and characters should look, it was time to actually begin drawing the comic. I took the rough version into Manga Studio Debut and put it in the background. Drew up the panels, and then sketched up the page with the pencil tool on a new layer.

Finally it was time to ink the page. The nice thing with drawing on the computer is that you have layers, so once the inking was done, it was simply a question of hiding the sketch layer to get rid of it. This is how the final page turned out.

I’m reasonably happy with the result, especially the first couple of panels. The last two could do with some improvements, but there is a limit to how much time you can spend on each page when you have 92 pages to draw. :)

Swimsuit Competition

October 22, 2006

More character design work for my comic. Here are the main characters, ready for a swimsuit competition.

Drawing Style and Design

October 14, 2006

Things have been moving forward lately with my comic. I just finished a rough sketch version of The Raft. It’s mainly for me to get the layout and framing in place, while ignoring all details. I’m not going to post any of that here, as most of those drawings are horrible…made for my eyes only. The good news is that I’ve begun some character design work and trying to figure out what drawing style to go with for the comics. It needs to both look nice and be something I can manage within a reasonable amount of time. Here are a few different things I’ve tried so far.

This one is probably a bit too detailed and complex, it will be hard for me to keep this style up for 90+ pages without going insane.

Though I’m no fan of football/soccer, I kind of like this drawing style. I might go for something like this.

Here I experimented a bit with airbrush on the water in the background. I’m not really sure what I’ll use for shading; screen tones, airbrush, hatching or nothing. I’m going to be experimenting a bit more with it to try and figure out what I like best.

Pride Art Exhibit

June 28, 2006

Even though it may not seem like it from my very infrequent updates of these pages, I’ve been quite busy lately. I’ve been participating in and helping organize a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender art exhibit during pride week here in Oslo. You can see some of the art from the exhibit on the groups website, incidentally designed by me.

At the exhibit I had the first two pages of my upcoming comic, The Raft. I’m still working on the 7th, and hopefully final, draft of the script for the comic, but skipped a bit ahead in the creation process and drew two complete pages for the exhibit. I’m making good progress on the comic, but don’t expect it to be out until at least next year.

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Painting the Raft

April 9, 2006

I’ve been messing around with different techniques lately, looking into some alternative styles for my next comic.

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First I sketched up Nathan, one of the characters for my next comic, posing on the deck of the raft.

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Then I tried painting it in Art Rage 2…

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…and inking it in Comic Works.

I painted it on my iBook, and when I opened up the image on my Windows box the colors came out much stronger than I had expected. It’s near impossible to make sure your colors turn out correctly on other peoples computer screen anyway, so I just left it as it was.

On to something completely different. The film Slipp Jimmy Fri (Free Jimmy), that I’ve spent around five or so years working, will premiere in Norway on April 21st. If you’re in Norway, go see it! Release dates outside Norway have not been set, but I’m hoping it will find it’s way to a cinema near you, wherever in the world you are.

Aliens Out Sailing

February 28, 2006

Here is a design for the comics I’m working on. It’s a raft loosely based on the Kon-Tiki, except it’s built by a couple of teenagers on top of an old floating pier. I got the starboard mast steps all wrong, but other than that I’m quite happy with it.

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Other than that I’ve been making a computer game to teach myself object orient programming. It’s called Area 51 Blackjack – where the aliens play. You can get it here for free for both Mac and Windows. Go get it now! Did some rough “pencil” sketches for it in ArtRage 2, a brilliant little program for natural media painting and drawing. Here is one of the aliens after he lost all his money playing blackjack. :)

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I spent the last weekend doing web design for Skeiv Kunst (Pride Art), a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender artists who arrange a yearly exhibit of their work during Skeive Dager (Pride Week) here in Oslo. I’ll most likely be showing some of my work at this years exhibit, though I have no idea what it will be yet.

 

First Sketches of Nathan

December 28, 2005

I’ve been lazy as of late so there hasn’t been a post here for over two months. I’ve been working on a story for a new comic, so I haven’t been drawing much. I’ve also been playing around with my new computers and some new software. The drawing below is a sketch of Nathan, one of the characters in my upcoming comic. I just finished inking it in ToonBoom Express. It’s a software made for doing vector based 2D animation, but it works fine for doing static 2D drawing too.

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Below is an inked image of the same sketch I did in ComicWorks.

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And finally the original sketch I used for the inked images above. This I drew sometime last year with a pencil on good old fashion paper.

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Sometimes it’s just a single element I want to try and get out of a picture. This drawing I did just to try and capture a certain kind of chin I wanted to use in a more cartoony style. I often find it helpful to first attempt to draw things in more realistic proportions, before making them cartoony. This drawing was done in ComicWorks too, click on it to get a larger one.

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Finally here is a 70s heavy rock guitarist I sketched up while watching the Gogs. I figured those stone-age puppet characters would look cool as a rock band. :P

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I guess my new years resolution will have to be to post more sketches next year.