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Who Was That Masked Hero With The Delightful Smile?

posted Jan 2, 2016, 5:17 PM by Jacob Evans   [ updated Jan 2, 2016, 7:18 PM ]
Hey folks, welcome back! Had a little trouble with the site's domain but it should be all sorted by now! Sorry 'bout that!
Our hero and a low-level goon share a lovely spinning-heel kick

Anyways, I finished up another sketch of our soon-to-be superhero over the holidays and thought I'd share it here. We've more or less decided on the character design from last time (with a tentative agreement on the name 'The Wraith') though my accomplice suggested adding a reversible mask with different images printed on it, in the interest of further muddying any eyewitnesses accounts after our hero strikes (likely one with eye-holes on both sides, so they can turn it around without removing it and risking their identity to unseen cameras). I thought that was a great idea, especially since one of the focusses of the story will be on piecing together the character's real identity, so any changing details and bit of mischief we can throw in will be fun.

I'm really digging this drawing style so far, I've been playing with GIMP on the tablet, and it's awesome, can't believe I didn't go for this earlier. I love using the various tools with the precision of the stylus, and painting white back in after the first round of sketching, slowly refining details, feels more like painting with two colors than regular drawing and erasing, if that makes any sense. Being able to cheat and use transform tools and distorts to fix my mistakes without redoing the work is probably building some terrible habits, but it really is lovely to be able to patch something at the last minute. And that smoke! So much fun to draw!

So far I've been working with only black and white with various levels of transparency over a white background, instead of solid colors (makes the sketching feel more natural it seems), with a few layers for whatever distorts and backups, one for the smoke, and then some simple geometric shapes under the dark-grey, gradient-ish layer in the back there, for things like crates or windows.

If I had more time, I'd jump at the chance to make a whole comic like this. Maybe I'll piece together a couple shorts once we've got more of the story/world/characters established.