Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
They were quite quickly roughed out but again they didn't go for it. I thought I would put them up here to show some of the things I've been up to on the freelance front.
Monday, May 24, 2010
We had a great time at the con, the reaction to all our comics was very encouraging and we sold enough to make it worth doing again. Thanks to all who bought books from our table! Learnt a lot about how to improve for next time. For a first con experience I think things went very well. Met a lot of other creators and managed to ask some people about books and printers etc. Should help for making the next book. Below are links to some of the interesting people I met.
I wish I had more spare cash to buy up all the interesting looking things people had! Especially the etherington brothers humongous skecthbook. Maybe next time around I'll have a little spare change to splash around. I spent a lot of the quiet moments of the con skecthing so here are a few...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Thought this was a fun idea for a set of illustrations. Gonna give myself little briefs to do so I can keep adding to my portfolio. I'm considering doing prints of these to sell at the convention. I don't know how popular they'd be... I will see what people's reaction is like online first. Less than two weeks to the Con!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Trying to think about interesting colour palets for these pages. Trying out just using pencils with no inks on the top image. I think I prefer having the variable line-weight with my brush pen but it does give a more subtle feminine quality to the drawings.
Friday, May 07, 2010
I wanted to take a break from comics and animation etc. and just draw for the love of drawing. These are all referenced from image sources. I suck at drawing girls so I need to practice anyway. I think I am going to try to do more life drawing and post it up on the blog.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Cartoon illustration using Photoshop, Illustrator, or good old Pen, Ink and Markers. I can also provide character design, and background design.
I have spent the last 2-3 years writing, drawing and self publishing independent comic stories.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
That's right, Bloodwhat comic started exactly one year ago today! The very first post on the old wordpress site was 29th April '09 and I thought it would be a good idea to look back and see how far this strip has come.
Tommorow's update will be strip #150, and just this week I have finished writing the script to the final conclusion of the story. When I started out I was planning a series of animated shorts, but I soon decided to make a comic and never looked back.
Obviously the comic is based on a computer game and it is one that my brother and I would play over and over when we were younger. It still held it's appeal over the years and with PC emulators and PSP's we've always been drawn back into playing it again at some point. For some reason this game was just hugely immersive and addictive so I am very happy to have created this tribute in the form of parody. I would suggest anyone reading the comic should try to get a copy and play through it... although maybe it is one of those things that requires nostalgia.
This was the first ever strip
And this is the One Hundred and Forty Ninth!
I think my drawing has improved a lot, during the process of drawing the strip 3x a week I have simplified the characters and boiled down the designs to fewer and fewer lines. I think my storytelling has improved dramatically too. I am now building up longer storylines that will unfold over the next few weeks. It is a gag strip and I try to make it funny every update but sometimes I like to break up the pacing and try something different. In #149 for instance there isn't a punchline at all, but it is building up a recurring story with Murlack having found a walkthrough guide to the game. I think when I eventually compile all these strips into a book it will be a very satisfying read through and that has always been my end goal.
I have learned a lot from making this strip, I often hear the advice handed out to create something that you would want to see... This without doubt is purely something I am doing for my own amusement and it seems like a few people might be enjoying it with me.
If you would like to leave Bloodwhat a birthday wish by leaving a comment or sending me an email I would really appreciate the support. dougwilson83(at)hotmail(dot)com
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
This ones head fell off... rather unfortunate. Glued it back though.
K-9Lives: Episode 3
I must be streamlining my process of making these... this one took a day and a half less time than episode 2. So hopefully I can get Ep4+5 going soon and then I will put together an 8 minute film, cut together with Episodes 2,3,4+5. That's the plan at the moment anyway.
My previous experience of taking Episode 1 to film festivals was that it was too short a film to really grab people. I think the idea of K-9 takes a while to sink in with people. It is a bit weird and surreal so perhaps several episodes together will let them grasp the concept better. Also I think each of these films is improving as I go. So hopefully given the success of the first one I should get a good festival run out of the next film.
I am also busy with other comics work and preparing for a convention in May so we'll see how soon I can get going on the next episode...