Hey everybody – we’re almost at the end of issue #1!  This is page 20, and starting in issue 2, I’m going to be flirting with colors.  Should be… interesting.

Here’s the new page this week:

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As usual, you can catch up on the full story over HERE.

So, I’m taking a Digital Comics class over at Meltdown University.  This is a good class.  I’m happy with everything so far.  It tightens up what I know about digital lettering, and throws in a few tips and tricks in illustrator and photoshop.  Although, I’m insisting on doing my own hand lettering – it’s nice to have some experience with it digitally.  (although I should do something with it, or I’m going to forget).

I’ll be taking digital coloring up next.  Here’s my teacher:

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I’m still really proud of myself for applying the MVP Method of product development, to my comic development.

Here’s me and my classmate Dan doing some work.

Dan has a pretty neat podcast all about Spider-Man.  He’s getting married in under a month – so wish him well.  Here’s me doing some flatting for Issue 2, Page 1.

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And here’s some future pages – took a while to draw all those books.  But we’re about to meet one of my favorite characters… the baby Chinese dragon that hangs out with Merlin.

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This is an example of me sort of being loose with the story.  I remember drawing this going, oh Peter should walk in and be looking at the crazy magic-ness of Merlin’s office.  But after having drawn all those books in that opening shot, I was feeling reluctant.  So… I thought, what’s he looking at?

Oh I know, he’ll be staring at a dragon that is staring at him.  A Chinese Dragon.  Now I’m trying to figure out how to fit him in more.  There was a post by the wonderful Adam Warren about how if you’re drawing a comic, you don’t have time to deal with crazy world building…. he basically says to figure it out as you go – and don’t get bogged down in figuring everything out ahead of time…. writers can do that… but artists  don’t have that kind of time.

It sounds kind of flippant, but I agree.  I definitely subscribe to the Adam Warren style of comics.  He literally figures out Empowered one page at a time.  Granted, he’s been doing comics forever, and Empowered has a real zany feel, but — I agree with him.  I might not be able to do that if I was doing some kind of heavily plotted comic… but for now, figure it out as you go cuts down on the barrier to getting things done.

Oh, and I did some fan art!  Of Brandon Graham’s, Multiple Warheads.

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And then I did it with Greytones

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I tweeted it out to him, and he was really nice about it, and even re-tweeted it out to his followers.  So, that’s kind of cool. Here’s Brandon’s original work:

Well folks, that’s about it for now.  I’ll keep you posted on the coloring as it comes up, and notes from the class.