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Safe! – Number 2’s Private Office and Final Layouts

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey one and all. As usual I am waaaay behind with posting. But here is some tasty work for Rae Wells, who has been a designing, drawing machine lately!

First up, A smashing look at Number Two’s private office – Mission Control for Holmes Inc.

I’ve also done up a partial (ie as much of it as I need for this story) proposal for #2’s private office design for where he actually works, as opposed to the presentation office where they meet with clients (which I always thought was old Edgar’s office anyway). It just didn’t seem natural to me to have the action from this story take place in the big fancy room, and besides, #2 needs his own space.  

It’s practical, but not utilitarian because that’s the way it seems like he would roll.There’s enough empty space for him to pace when he’s anxious, because that’s definitely in the gene pool, but I figure he keeps a lid on it until he’s behind a closed door. The furniture is a blend of antiques and high-tech: antique mahogany desk, filing drawers, and bookshelfs, but super-modern ergonomic chair and a wall of monitors. The screens are for both communications for mission control for the missions that need his personal attention, and computer monitors for research.

Our illustrious writer Aaron had this high praise for the office.

The office (like quite a few of the concepts you’ve already shown me) seems like it’s exactly as I imagined it as I was writing it, and yet at the same time is ten times better. Awesome, awesome stuff. I just looked at the drawing and started nodding to myself because I wouldn’t change a thing.

Next up. Rae’s final layouts with her thoughts.

OK here are some rough layouts, with breathing space and other tweaks added as per the notes from  the thumbnails. I know I still need to fix the perspective in a bunch of places. Clean layouts with accurate perspective grids are next on my to-draw list. See y’all later.

Dat’s what I’m talking about.  These are lovely.  

Off you go, get ’em constructed.   Really push yourself to feel the 3-d of the characters when you construct, too.  Use action figures, or reference photos, and make this the best you’ve ever done.  You’re in the zone with these layouts. – Ty

In class last week, we saw some of Rae’s construction and her persepctive grids were bang on. We also discussed the two versions of Liz’s final close-up on the last page. We agreed the tearful softer one was less effective than the cold stone faced Liz cutting off her emotions to do what she needed to do!

Way to go Rachael.  Onwards and upwards! 


Categories: Art, Design, Thumbnails

Green Blooded Murder – Designs

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Now that we’ve posted Marshall’s tale of murder and misdirection, Rain has sent along some more designs.  First up, Rain’s awesome looking Web Gun! It looks so good I am adjustinf dialogue in Mind Spiders to hint at the weapon! Me want one so bad!

And here is Rain’s final version of the one New York doctor you don’t want coming near with his poisoned stethoscope, Dr. Czern!

I cannot wait to see this story come to life!  Rob out!  – Pinc

Categories: Art, Design

Poker Face Designs – With Notes!

April 18, 2011 1 comment

The game is again afoot, fellow Holmesians. But it is the hands of an artist that give us our next exhibit for you edification and commentary.

I give you… Marshall Geddes masterful, final designs for Rain’s 5 page opus, “Poker Face”.

Definitely worth the wait.

Ty thoughts on the Casino/Poker Room.

The poker room is good, but it needs more tables around the poker table,  It’s supposed to be a ship-board casino, if I recall, where they might be a craps table and a roulette wheel nearby.  The room should have a sense of a few more people than are just gathered around the one table.  EVERYTHING in the background is terrific, but Rain, if you could add the other tables in the background, as you draw, which I assume you’d be doing anyway.

Ty the Guy

Next up, we have the designs for a villain so repugnant he gets under Trey’s skin. But is he all bluff?  Not with designs like these! Ty and I have already signed off on Poker Face’s design in class. So all we have to do know is enjoy these fine drawerins!

Finally, we have the “so tough he can kick your ass in earrings and a dress” bruiser, Equi-T! Here is Marshall’s first pass on his turnaround.

Everyone liked the Mr. T in a dress aspect of the character. But we felt it was stronger to make the character less of of a gender question mark and more definitely male.  So Marshall came back with the winning design below!

Ty and noth flipped over the final rotations for Equi-T so this tale is off and running!

And now I shall run and get something else posted ASAP!  – Pinc

The Old Man & The Sea Monster – Rough Designs

April 14, 2011 1 comment

Hello fellow Holmsians!

Pierce has been bust at work for the initial weeks of design but is now drawing like a fiend! We’ll get his layouts up soon, But for now check his early design work.

First up, the Holmes Inc. boat used by Edgar Sr. and Artie.

Now let’s check out our non-serpent villain, the General and Edgar. Pierce has lovely old and younger versions (for the flashbacks!) .

Ty noted the incorrect naval cap on the young general. Pierce will have to research the Royal Navy uniforms to make sure they are accurate for the time period.

When we’re dealing with real thinsg like that we need to do our best for verisimili.. verisimili… versamillavisa… for correctness.

Pierce looked up Igopogo info and discovered it is described as having a dog-like snout. Here are his first versions of our sea serpent!

Ty noted that he didn’t mind the dog like approach but our audeince is used to more serpentine sea monsters. Perhaps Pierce could find a happy mix.

Ty suggested crustacean like arms…

We all agreed the crustacean arms didn’t work. Perhaps eliminating the hind legs from the first design would add sleekness?  And smoothing out those heavily defined arms?

This is Pierce came up with…

We have a winner!!!!  A very unique and fun Igopogo design that is both playful and dangerous!

Nice work, Pierce!  – Pinc

Categories: Art, Design

Old Wounds – Maury Turnaround

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Oh yeah!  Things are getting tasty!

Here are the awesome designs for Mike Marano and Grant Howarth’s vile villain, the cyber-enhanced Maury!

I am loving the soul patch and all around douche-baggery look of Maury. Complete with two of those rings in the ears that stretch the lobes! A nice, subtle touch that Maury has a hipster life outside of work, or wishes he did!

And here, in all his badassery – is the transformed Maury!!

Grant also offered a lovely rough of the organic computer lab.

Sadly, Grant suffered some computer issues and lost what he had whipped up in his design  program but we will share more as it comes!

– Pinc

Safe! – Dastardly Malachai Design

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey all. The progression of Rae’s designs for the villain in “Safe” is an excellent primer on how to make each of our characters distinctive.

First up, Rae designed a cool pocket/utility knife to help Elizabeth’s quest for  survival and justice.

Love, love, love the pocket knife design. Rae got kudos all around for it.

Rae also submitted this initial design for the vile and villainous Malachai.

We all loved the basic design for Malachai with Aaron particularly liking his evil smirk. Ty then suggested Rae push it a little further to make our villain more memorable.

Love, Love, Love the knife, and the basic design of Malachai.  HOWEVER, I find his overall appearance a little less “visual” that works for this story.  I’m not saying give him battle armor and a cape, obviously…but I want something that allows his visuals to be memorable as we recall the story a week later, when it really counts.

Can we unique him up a bit?  An odd shirt, rather than a common one…an odd haircut that really re-enforces our sense of his weasel face?  Perhaps a piece of jewelry that is evocative?  A gold tooth?  A missing finger?  A really showy design running up his leg?  AN ornate handle on his dagger?  This is comics, and we can’t rely on the actor to be charismatic, we have to dress him with a little more costume the sell his character.

I LOVE the face…I don’t think he’s a memorable enough visual though.  Don’t go cliche, but go unique character, not face in the crowd.

Rachel more than rose to the challenge and came up with this!

Rae summarized her updates thusly:

OK, I’ve done some detailing:

– Streaky hair that is shoulder length, slicked back but loose and wavy at the back, although this may be a little more badger than weasel (a little bit inspired by a dude I saw on his celphone outside the bank office today, only his wasn’t streaked)

– Megalodon shark tooth (3″ or 3.5″ tooth) necklace

– circle/oval scar on his arm that we’ll later realize is from where a kid bit him one time. Possibly missing the end of his left pinky for the same reason.

– pinky ring on his right hand (I’m open to suggestions of what it would be, or whether it’s too much)

-If it’s OK to give him a whole dinosaur thing, his pinky ring and knife handle could be dinosaur bone.

Ty’s response mirrored my own.

YES YES YES  You won me at the streaked black and white skunk hair, and then the bite on the hand and a shark tooth around the neck.  I’m in love.  The pinky is the icing on the cake.  This is a great character.  Great.  He’s someone I’m going to remember an hour after I read about him.  He’s got visual.  You won me over, like a happy school child.

Ty the Guy.  Gushing at the work.

And that my friends is how you push the design! – Rob

Categories: Characters, Design

Wild West Tales of The Elizabeth Kid and Pappy Jack

April 7, 2011 1 comment

First and foremost, if you’re seeing images, I’ve figured out one way around my computer’s loco relationship with this here website, and I’ve plumb switched over with the computer machine belongin’ to muh missus.

Enough tomfoolery, let’s start with the turnarounds of young Elizabeth, age nine.  That first shot of her wearing the USAF t-shirt is precious to me.  The only descendant of both Holmes AND Watson is a little girl in a pro-American costume –  it’s completely right.

Now for Jack’s cool style.  I must say, I love Aaron’s call about the slouch hat, and Rachel’s depiction of it.  I already know tons of stuff about this guy from a great design, and one page of dialog.  I want to see spin-off stories with Jack in the next issue.  Perhaps following a lead suggested by one of Mike’s famous tossaway titles.

One tiny note, now that I’m down here:  Add a hint of character to the footwear.  Laces, stitching, or even a minor heel.  A man’s choice of shoe is an equally telling detail as a well angled hat. 

Ye Editor.