"It is 1563. Elizabeth has been monarch for 5 years and is still recovering from a bout of smallpox. Plague has broken out once more in London and the Queen’s Court has temporarily moved to Windsor. A man called Thomas Hughes, newly returned from The New World steps onto St Katharine Dock, carrying in his bag an object of incredible power and a letter addressed to someone known only as 'Eyes'…"
~This is the development blog for my graphic novel (sounds so 'grand' doesn't it?) 'Madimi: The Black Mirror'. I shall post various bits and bobs to do with it and the history over the coming weeks. Thanks for looking!
Friday, 17 May 2013
Friday, 3 May 2013
Meanwhile here's a screengrab of something I'm using as a guide for perspective and positioning. Built in Maya (trying to remember where things are in Maya is a nightmare!), it's a simple set where some of the 'action' takes place and this helps me with the continuity. I'm not a fan of straight lines, and try to avoid them as much as possible, so when I have a very geometric environment blocking in walls and floors in 3D is a great help; and the Elizabethans sure liked their straight lines!!
Friday, 5 April 2013
Here's another rough panel... ooh er... 'he's behind you!' And a snippet of another character...
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Any how, here's an image I posted over at Port Out Starboard Home, and because it's Elizabethan inspired - although not 'story' relevant - I'm putting it here too.
Thank you for stopping by!
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Anyway, as I post my Elizabethan stuff on this blog before anywhere else (for my eight loyal followers to see), here's a crossover piece, mixing Elizabethan and 'pin-up', for fun. Yes, it's a slightly 'glammed' up Rosalind...
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
From here I'd find some reference if I feel it needs it, then detail up a WHOLE lot more, iron out anatomy, composition and character representation.
Thanks for popping in!
Sunday, 27 January 2013
The story is now roughed out to 70 pages. I'll be 'cleaning up' to a much more finished state a small section from the middle of the story that is self-contained, to present for a secondary project. More information on that later.
Thanks for checking in here chaps!
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Saturday, 12 January 2013
Thursday, 10 January 2013
A single panel from the book, slightly more clean than the roughs below. I was rather pleased with this profile of Rosalind, so as a side to the project I'll work it up as a finished illustration.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Sunday, 9 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
Friday, 23 November 2012
A book which has proved invaluable whilst researching this has been Ian Mortimer's 'The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England'. He brings the period to life with all those little details that are the backdrop to any story set in a period. There are many more specific books that have helped me, but this has been well thumbed because of its complete ability to bring details to life.