Retooling My Characters Part Two

Here is a gallery of some my preliminary digital sketch and coloring of the individual characters of Red Amygdala.  I had a few obvious actors in mind when constructing the story.  I’ve since fine tuned these characters and will post their final sketches soon.

Elaine Black & BFF Jaharia Aguido

 

Brief Description:

Elaine Black, a biomedical research scholar and Jaharia Aguido, a film studies major, are coed BFFs trapped for crimes they committed outside of Red Amygdala.

 

 

 

 

Miss E Morgan

Brief Description:

Miss E Morgan, another biomedical research scholar, conducted research in the same suite of labs, under the same mentor Dr. Diana Schlosser, as Elaine.  She is punished for her clandestine work with both Dr, Schlosser and Elaine’s estranged mother, Helen Black a noted Pharmacologist.  

She reminds me of the actress Ruth Wilson.

 

 

Anwar Salahuddin

Brief Description:

Anwar Salhuddin, He refused the ‘call to covenant’. His parents died when he was ten years old.  They were killed by his older brother Wesley.  He founded and ran “The Prescription” an anti-feminist podcast.  His online rants trigger a series of serial killings of which Anwar was the prime suspect.

The sketch on the left was done digitally with Sketchbook Pro.  The sketch on the right was an initial idea.  Anwar reminds me of the actor Isaiah Washington.

 

Henry Booker

Brief Description:

Henry Booker, a ten year old boy, is sent to Red Amygdala for dereliction of duty, he didn’t adequately guard a graphic novel.

I’d be pissed off too if that breach netted me jail time.

 

 

Social Workers:  Agent Black & Agent Red

Brief Description:

Guilty of Misconduct, Agent Black, is sent to the Citadel to redeem himself.  He is secretive; logical; paranoid; conservative; Asexual (dislikes both women and men)

 

Agent Red reluctantly accompanies Agent Black to ensure that Agent Black fails his mission.

 

The Warden:  The Steward

Brief Description:

The Steward, is an old timer inmate and the “elected” warden of the Citadel prison inside Red Amygdala.

I want him to look less freaky and be much older.  Morgan Freedman older.

 

 

The Screws:  The Controllers

Brief Description:

The Controllers are the militia, or men with pointy sticks that “police” the Citadel.  

They look too much like Maori warriors here so I tweaked them some more.  I admit being highly influenced bu Asian imagery for these characters.

The Inmates:  Series 18 and Series 15

Brief Descritpion:

The Series 18 Inmates (left) are bald, fragile looking but dangerous.  They are religious.

The Series 15 inmates (group on right) are muscular but not as freakishly muscular as the Controllers and hedonistic.

Retooling My Characters Part One

I spent much of November tweaking the characters and finishing my final pencil pages.  I will start inking them this last week in November.

Here are some sketch ideas for my characters:

I like these but want more personality in each character.

A Proof of the 1st Eight Pages

These are my preliminary eight pages of the first issue.  I specifically did these without dialog balloons and text to see if the sequence of images tell the story alone.  This was a good exercise for me to see where I need to improve the story visually.  Some standout observations.

  1. There are too many panels per page so I intend to rectify that in the pencil stage.  It is probably going to increase the page count.  If this spreads from eight to twelve pages it will be good.  If so I will have to retool my script which is currently 64 pages long for 40 page graphic novel.
  2. These were done all digitally with a Wacom tablet directly into a graphic art program.  I want more control over my lines so the next stage is pencil on Bristol boards.  Then I’ll scan them in to Ps and ink digitally.
  3. I want more definition in terms of how my characters look these are too generic.
  4. I want to include clearer visual transitions or connections from one page to the next page.   To my eye the story seems to jump around and not flow linearly.
  5. I  am exploring example of how to distort panel sequences of my characters’ memories, looking at my fav artists Dali, Kara Walker, Peter Chung (animator)
Additionally I’ll work on some prelim cover ideas for the first issue and post up my ideas as I narrow in on the one I want.  I plan to ink and color all my covers by by hand.  My plans for this story is very ambitious for one person so the interior pages will be pencil, then scanned, inked and colored on computer.
Whew!  Go me!

Working on the first eight pages of my graphic novel

SOMETIMES LIFE IS LIKE A TUBE OF PASTE,

WITH ENOUGH PRESSURE APPLIED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,

YOU EVENTUALLY END UP WHERE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE

– ROBERT HUGHES

I sketched out some ideas of the first page, introducing the world of Red Amygdala and the people who inhabit it.

Here is a more finalized inking of how the first pages will appear in the book.

I’ve been working on conceptualizing this world and on the characters which I’ll share next time.

1st Draft of Issue One Script is Done

Finished the complete 40 page outline for issue one in five days and finished the first draft of the script for the first issue in two days.   I started the outline two days before the start of class.