Who would hit a woman, and add to that a woman with only one arm?! I’m sure some colorful verbal descriptions rush to mind on that. That’s the scenario in this progress view from my graphic novel. You can follow more and find other details on my graphic novel work-in-progress blog “GFW ’27″.
A sequence of images for one of the scenes in the graphic novel “GFW ’27″.
Sketch in Prismacolor pencil first, then scanned. I play with the contrast in Photoshop, and reduce the saturation. The color is added in layers (background and character). Finally, the color and transparency of the layers are adjusted to the final blueish color.
Work in progress illustration from my graphic novel. Scene shows a older more mature Mary, some 30 years later in the story line as she stops to take a quick check in the mirror on her way to answer her door.
Yet another device from the mysterious past of the Gazelle Foundry Works secret lab, circa 1925.
Early on as the Electric Light Ray Emitter Drill was being developed, the problem of making the device essentially ‘cordless’ was overcome by amping things up past the point of batteries and coming to the solution of ‘Solid Current’. The ability to take energy in the form of electrical current and turning it into a quasi solid form and storing it to power the drill was invented. This is what that storage device filled with solid current looked like.
Alright, it’s what it might have looked like. This illustration was created in Bryce7. The following illustrations show the creation process.
A triptych! I picked a format for the opening scene for my graphic novel that I feel like I can detail and move on.
This piano sequence isn’t pivotal in itself, but being the opening scene for the story it’s important as a good first impression. It’s a deceptive scene, because things go from zero to sixty quickly from this point. The confusion I wan’t the reader to sense is similar to what I experienced in real life while living in Chicago. The surreal sensation of a casual routine setting turning horribly wrong around you in a matter of seconds.
-Additional sketches and information on ‘GFW-The Red’ by clicking here-
This illustration is still an exercise (test), but the common thread in this drawing style and previous studies for the graphic novel ‘GFW -The Red’ connect the dots for me, and is now established.