Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Flitcrfat Parable: Sam Spade, a rather pleasant blond Satan.

The Flitcraft Parable is done, completed! My wife (a designer by trade, the "In House Art Director")made a few last minute lettering changes, corrections, and gave me some art direction. So in a few working hours the finished five pages plus cover illustration will be in the clients hands, or server. Since I've posted a fair amount of the stuff I'll wait and let City Arts magazine publish the story before I post anymore of the final art. It should pub sometime in January. In the meantime here is a rough color test I did over the final inks of a close up of Sam Spade. I tried to stay as close to Hammett's description of him.

"Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another smaller v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose,...He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan"

Live Fast, draw hard.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Flitcraft Parable: Layouts

TFP is coming along great. Here is the first page with the title in place. Spade is based on the description in the novel, and Brigid is based on Louise Brooks, NOT what's her name in "Chicago"!

This is how I'm working the tight pencils in place of the roughs. I'll print these out onto bristol board after placing the type in Illustrator, and ink on the prints.
Well that's what happens today…
Back to work.
Live fast, draw hard.

Monday, November 05, 2007

The Flitcraft Parable title lettering

Here it is. The main titling that will open the story. I wanted it to evoke the era but be a bit modern. I have changed most of the narrative to dialog and stayed close to the original era of the late 1920s into the 1930s. Layouts are done but I have to have the "In-House-Art Director" take a look at them before they go any further. Meanwhile, I'm chugging away on three other assignments. Live fast, draw hard!