I love drawing and painting with ink. Recently I've been experimenting with ink washes. First I draw the image with water, which is harder than it seems because you have to be super fast and the lighting has to be right so you can see what you're doing. Then I use a dropper to add ink. He'res an experiment I did yesterday of the Ghost of the Gulag.
The tiger is finally in the comic. As you may have guessed he is the titular character in this comic. Here's a little "how to" video on drawing tigers. The story takes place in the Russian Far East so the Tiger is an Amur or Siberian subspecies- the largest big cat in the world.
Thanks for following my blog and comic. Happy Earth Day. Today is a day that should be celebrated every day. We must protect wild places and wild animals. Here's a quick timelapse sketch I did of a wolf.
How big are the boar? Yes I definitely take artistic license here. But they do get large and dangerous. The Ussuri Wild Boar which inhabit the Tagia and Russian Far east can weigh up to 1,179 pounds and stand up to five feet at the shoulder. In my designs of the boar I have incorporated elements of several wild pigs including warthogs, red river hogs and bush pigs. Later in the story there is even a design inspired by the babirusa. Here are some of my initial design sketches with some final designs. This Thursday I'll add more pages which will finish the Prologue.
I just uploaded three new pages to the Prologue. Thanks for following my web comic. As I'm developing a rhythm for my work and posts, I decided that I'll post new comics twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Below are some of the rough designs I made for this episode. Unfortunately only one wolf made it out alive.
When is a moose not a moose? When it's an elk. In Europe a Moose is called an Elk. When settlers came to America they saw an Wapiti they called it an elk and we now know them as American Elk. So the Moose was given it’s Native American name which means “eater of twigs.” Where’s the tiger? Just wait. I want to set the table, familiarize everyone with the world (the Taiga) and it’s major players. The taiga is such an interesting Biome, full of familiar and unfamiliar animals.
Welcome to the Taiga. This comic has been a long time coming. It started as an idea between me and Joel Crawford when we were both working on Rise of the Guardians at DreamWorks Animation. I have long since left DreamWorks but Joel has been a consistent sound board and consultant on the project. Now many years later I have toiled over two full scripts and a few rough passes of the entire comic and now I feel like I’m ready to start sharing the story as I finish it. There are many influences on this story: Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Dollar and the Good the Bad and the Ugly, Alejandro Inarritu’s the Revenant and Quentin Tarantino’s Django, George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Richard Adam’s Watership Down. So if you have an aversion to some of these story tellers this comic may not be for you.
This was one of the first images I drew for the comic.