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Video Review of The Raft by the Gay Comics Geek

October 6, 2011

The Gay Comics Geek has just posted a great video review over at his YouTube channel. Check out the review, and many of the fun and interesting posts and videos over at his site.

New Review of The Raft Over at the Gay League

September 25, 2011

Joe Palmer, of the Gay League, has just posted a great review of “The Raft and Other Stories“.

Where to Buy “The Raft and Other Stories”

September 23, 2011

There are now several ways you can buy my book, “The Raft and Other Stories”. The simplest is probably by clicking the shop link above, which takes you to my shop page. Payment and shipping is handled by CreateSpace, and not me directly. If you would rather use Amazon, it’s available there too.

If you don’t like shopping on-line, the book is available through bookstores too. Just ask for the title, and they will most likely be able to order it for you through Ingram. If I’m lucky, they may even buy a few extra copies to stock on their shelves.

Finally, if you happen to live in Oslo, Norway, you can find the book in the comic book store Outland at the train station (Østbanehallen) and in Tronsmo. I also donated a copy to the comics library, Serieteket, which you can borrow if you would rather not spend money on the book or are short on cash. 🙂

Review of The Raft on the Gay Comics List

September 11, 2011

François Peneaud just posted a great review of “The Raft and Other Stories” over at his site, The Gay Comics List. Hop on over to his site and check it out.

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.