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.
Some views of the behind the scenes work on the graphic novel. I lay out the story and scenes similar to storyboarding. Then, I take the individual scenes and develop them a bit further. Third page being planned in the samples below.
Everyone makes comparisons like; this car looks like that car, or, this coffee tastes like that brand, this song sounds like that one. We even have comparison shopping.
Well, ‘Mr. Era’ peaked in the multitude of comparisons for me last weekend while in a comic book shop when I spotted the cover of “All-Winners Squad Band Of Heroes” #3. Not a huge comparison, but similar enough in some facial features combined with other comparisons I was building in my head that I decided my ‘Mr. Era’ was going to get his makeover.
A couple of sketch book pages later and Mr. ERA version X has been finalized. You’ll have to wait for some previews of pages to see him in action now. One hint – he’s taken on a decidedly Art Deco style now.
Trying out a character concept design for Mr. Era. Elements of his design are based on the following influential art movements from the period the story line takes place in: Suprematism, Precisionism, and Neo Plasticism. Mr. Era’s name is an acronym for: Experimental Robotic Assistant.
In this round of designs, Mr. Era’s head was influenced by some great industrial designers (Walter Dorwin Teague) and elements from the list below: