Samstag, 17. November 2012

Test drawing Christine

After a long time, a new post. I was working on jobs, went to the bookfair in Frankfurt and the games fair in Essen. You can read about those in my main weblog Sara Otterstätter. Here is a small try out with digital media for the comic. But I want to pick up a page from the comic and work samples through. One sample in traditional media, one digital and a mixture from both. Then, I can better decide, what would suite better to the comic.

And I have started to refine the layout for the comic pages from the rough storyboards. More to come soon. :=)

Mittwoch, 8. August 2012

Happy World Cat's Day!

Originally I planned to post the sketch a bit later along with other sketches, I have done. But I saw on Facebook that it is World Cat's Day... or something like this. So, I think, this drawing matches the subject very well. And I added another feature on Erik I though a long time about: FRECKLES!! As a ginger, he needs freckles. And I went away from the plan to do the comic in black and white. I want to do a colored comic. Maybe depending on the atmosphere with a reduced palette, but it would be a shame, if you can't see  Erik's red hair. :D

Freitag, 6. April 2012

MDE - Me and my Fez

And after a long time a new drawing on "Modern Day Erik". Now, I have to become familiar with the new Blogger-template. It looks interesting.... Okay, this thime not directly "Modern Day Erik" but mor "Modern Day - the Persian" or as he is named in my series: Mr. Jafari.. In lots of Fanarts, the Persian wears a fez. But in the novel it is depicted, that he wears a so called astrakhan cap. Okay, maybe for the upcoming spring a a bit warm head cover. But I thought, it might be a nice idea to let him wear a fez and maybe to poke fun about this thing. And it seems to amuse Luna.

Sonntag, 4. März 2012

Another Test Drawing

Another test drawing. This was a rather spontaneous quick sketch I made last night. This time, done with Painter X. The tool for sketchy pencil is very nice. I think, I have a new favorite tool in Painter. :D

Freitag, 24. Februar 2012

Painting technique test - Meg & Christine

This is a technique test. I have something bigger in plan with the "Modern Day Erik"-series. And now, I am doing a test for the shading technique. I want to stay with the water colour, but I want to reducse the greyscales. So, it shouldn't be as detailed as the previous illustration "Tea for you".

And this time I took the chance to draw Modern Day Christine with Modern Day Meg. Okay, maybe Meg looks a bit asiatic. But I like her this way. And as in the orginal novel her father wasn't revealed (as far as I remember), I think it is okay, to imagine, that her modern day father may be from China, Korea, Japan or where else.

Meg is the pushy one, who talked Christine into going to the casting for the TV-Show "Germany's next Idol". And while Christine is insecure and all: I dont't know, if this is the right thing, Meg is all: You go!! Or I'll drag you by your blonde hair into the casting!!

I'll think, this reduced style is the one, I want to do the next comics about modern day Erik.

Sonntag, 19. Februar 2012

Modern Day Erik - Tea for you!

First of all: Sorry for not updating the blog for so long. There were some happenings, that kept me from drawing on "Opera" or "Modern Day Erik". You know, it is sometimes in life, when you think you bought a ticket for a calm river trip. And when the trip starts, you figure out, that you are sitting in a rollercoaster consisting only of loopings.

Okay, here is a new drawing to "Modern Day Erik". Erik and Luna, his flatmate, meeting in the park with tea (for Erik), latte and chocolate croissant (both for Luna). They do it every now and then during lunchtime. And of course the dog is also around.

Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2012

Modern Day Erik - The Persian

In the novel there is the character of the Persian or the Daroga, who roams also the Opera in search for Erik. In my "Modern Day Erik" series, this character appears a whole lot different to the original character of the novel. The main reason is, because modern day Iran is a whole lot differnt to old Persia under the reign of the Shah. In my version, the Persian or more accurately, Mr Jafari fled from Iran, when the mullahs came to power and his homeland became a theocraty.

 I can imagine, that Mr Jafari may have been among the students, who protested agains the Shah and who made the unplesant experience, that they were exchanging the pest with cholera. Now, he runs a Café in the city, were Erik, Luna and Christine live.

 I think, he may like Erik's company, because Erik speaks and understands the Farsi language. That's what I want to express with the drawing: Mr Jafari telling Erik something and Erik....ehrm.... not paying that much of attention....

Originally, the last name Jafari is the name of the persian greengrocer were my mother buys every now and then.

If you are interest in the situation in Iran, I recommend reading the graphic novel: Zahra's Paradise, that takes place in Iran during the great protests of 2009.