October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
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March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
Chapter 2 is done!
I moved to Portland right after I finished, so progress on Chapter 3 has been slow, but I’m ecstatic about the move, and even more so about a possible shared studio space I’m hoping to get in on here. I’ve never had a personal work area away from home, so I’m anxious to see how it’ll effect my workflow.
We’re also in the process of hiring a new colorist for the project. I recently fell in love with Kevin Mutch’s The Moon Prince, and the simple, mostly flat color aesthetic he’s employing. I feel like a color approach like this would be a great match for the essentially clean-line drawing style I’m using for Upgrade Soul. Here’s a style test I did for the cover of chapter 2.
If anybody out there is interested, please contact me about page rates and send some samples to firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12, 2010 § 1 Comment
This is the uncolored first scene of the second chapter of Upgrade Soul. This also happens to be the first scene I’ve drawn since I did the first chapter on spec 3 years ago. I’m relieved my natural drawing style hasn’t changed perceptibly, though that may not speak well of my growth as an illustrator.
October 1, 2010 § 1 Comment
Around the same time Tom Herpich did his Upgrade Soul character designs, I illustrated a sample scene as a tone test. This scene was later cut from the script, and the art style I’m now employing is vastly different, but if I’d committed to finishing Upgrade Soul then, there’s a good chance this is what it might have looked like.
October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Upgrade Soul has gone through several metamorphoses to get to where it is now. In 2007, with a mind toward taking the story down a slightly skewed path, I hired the utterly amazing Tom Herpich to create designs for the story’s main characters. While we never pursued our collaboration beyond these illustrations, I cherish them no less. Tom went on to become a character designer and storyboard artist for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series.
September 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
Upgrade Soul is a highly collaborative project. In addition to previously described contributions by myself and Erik Loyer, Upgrade Soul will feature an original interactive score by experimental hip hop luminary Alexis Gideon. I’ve been a fan of Alexis’ singular musical sensibility from the first time I heard it, and Alexis and I collaborated, with Shelley Short, Becca Taylor and Cynthia Star, on his psychedelic animated rap opera, Video Musics 2: Sun Wu Kong. Erik’s design for the Reader features music as a prominent element, and Alexis’ music will dynamically accompany a truly immersive comics reading experience.