Rough layouts for my Red Ensign story in TRUE PATRIOT 2. I’ve spent most of my career purposefully avoiding superhero work, but I have to admit this stuff sure is fun.
97 years ago today, the entire Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, scrambled up Vimy Ridge to achieve one of the most decisive victories of the First World War.
The monument that stands on the spot is so powerfully haunting that even Adolf Hitler ordered that it not be destroyed.
Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - More Acting Less Anatomy
I’ve received a few message asking me how to draw simple generic characters (male, female) for story boarding, and what to do when there’s no character design. I will go over all that stuff, but I need to emphasize something first. I used to be obsessed with muscles and specific anatomy when I was drawing anything. Thanks to 90s superhero comic books and raging hormones, it kept me from embracing the storytelling aspect of sketching. Even later on in art school, I would spend WAY took much time on getting that perfect line quality. Animation Storyboarding squashed most of those inclinations out of me, and that’s good. I need to confess that I almost caved in and “cleaned up” the drawings on this page. This is how I draw when do a “first pass” or just trying to find ideas. That way, I don’t lose the energy or feel of my first instinct when approaching a sequence. Here’s something you’ll hear many times if you hang around story people: “It’s not about pretty drawings.” I agree and disagree to a certain extent, but the sentiment is right. It’s about telling a story and not letting other things (like lines, musculature, clothing, etc.) get in the way of doing so clearly.
Once again, message me if you have requests for the next installments.
Great advice that should be followed by everyone who drags a pencil across paper (or a stylus across a tablet or screen).
Some of comic creator Ken Steacy’s collection of old-timey camera stuff. #cameras #retro #classic #bw
Considering having my name legally changed to include the exclamation point.
Canadian Comic Book Hall of Famer Ken STEACY in his Victoria, BC studio. #comicbooks #comics #artist #studio #workspace #bw
Go get one for your kids, and one for yourself.
Pirates of the Silver Coast is DONE.
If all goes according to plan, it’ll be out in the fall, making this the first year ever in which not one but two Three Thieves books will be released. Huzzah!
This is my favourite panel from the book. I like the character bits. Anyone want to take a guess as to what they’re looking at?
New characters from Pirates of the Silver Coast.
I just updated my Appearances page with a number of upcoming events (with still more to come…I’m going to be busy this spring), including the second annual Camosun College Comics Conference, which is being held next Sunday, April the 6th in Victoria, BC.
Organized by Ken Steacy, Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee and head of Camosun’s Comics & Graphic Novels program, the show is designed to provide and academic look at the art form, showcasing young creators from the college program, but also local, national, and international talent. Other guest include Katherine Collins (formerly Arn Saba), Deni Loubert, Sam Logan, and Simon Roy.
If you’re a west coast comics fan, or simply curious about the whole scene, you should definitely come check it out!