Thursday, 28 May 2015
A LOOK INSIDE SHAMAN KANE BOOK 1.
Above: The finished cover for Shaman Kane book 1.
I'm hoping to lauch Shaman Kane Book 2 at the Cardiff one day Expo on June 27th 2015. So before I start with the teaser pictures and posts for Book 2, I want to explore Shaman Kane Book 1 in a little more depth.
Where did Shaman Kane come from?
I had the idea for Shaman Kane around 2011. I wanted to create a supernatural creature hunter set in the future. So I started doodling.
Above: The first rough character sketches for Shaman Kane
Above: First rough sketches of Kanes costume and equipment.
Above: More rough sketches of Kane's costume and equipment.
Above: Sketches of the ghost Sable.
Creating the cover artwork.
The next few images illustrate the process I used to create the cover.
Above: A series of thumbnail sketches showing different cover layouts.
Above: Then after choosing a layout from the thumbnails I pencilled the finish artwork.
Above: After pencilling I inked the artwork using Rotring tikky graphic pens. I blocked the large black areas using Rotring ink and brushes.
Above: After scanning the inks I coloured the image digitally.
Story One: Poltergeist problems.
I wanted to have the comic book ready for the Bristol convention in May 2014. I scripted story one 'Poltergeist problems' late December 2013 and finished the artwork with lettering end of January 2014. I set straight to work on Scripting Story 2. I also had to complete a Duhram Red script for the 2000AD fanzine Dogbreath for Editor Dave Evans. Dave had contacted me on the 14th of January asking me if I could produce finished art work for the six page script in 3 weeks. I provided it for him in 2 weeks mainly so that I could meet my target deadlines for the Bristol comic convention.
Above: Some rough page layouts for Poltergeist problems.
Above: A better look at the rough page layout for page 1.
Above: Using the page layout as a guide I created the finished pencils for page 1.
Above: Finished inks for page 1 using Rotring tikky graphic pens. I blocked the large black areas using Rotring ink and brushes.
Story two: Sables story.
I started Shaman Kane story two 'Sables story' at the beginning of february and finished the fully coloured and lettered artwork towards the end of Feb. However I didn't have a script for story 3 yet and I needed to go to the printers in the first two weeks of April to have a chance of being ready for the convention in May.
Above: Finished pencils for page two of Sables story.
Above: Finished inks for page two using Rotring tikky graphic pens. I blocked the large black areas using Rotring ink and brushes.
Above: I coloured the image digitally.
Above: Rough thumbnail sketches and designs for the vampire in Sables story.
Story Three: The ship who screamed.
With no script for story three I was behind schedule. If I was going make my deadline and get the book ready for Bristol, I was going to have to work harder. I doubled my efforts. Writing a script, then re-writing it and creating page layouts took roughly a week. I drew for 12 hours a day on the weekends and in the evenings during the week I started at 7pm and finished at 12 most nights.
I finished the fully lettered artwork for story 3 'The ship who screamed' mid way through the first week of April. I was exhausted, but I still had to produce the artwork for the four cover pages.
Incidentally the title for story 3 and the name of the starliner in the story was my salute to science fiction author Anne McCaffrey's 1969 novel 'The ship who sang'.
Above: Finished pencil artwork. I detail Kane's Melee. Morph. Unit. weapon on this page
by drawing a sequence of images showing the M.M.U. morphing into an axe.
Above: Finished inks using Rotring tikky graphic pens. I blocked the large black areas using Rotring ink and brushes.
I managed to finish all the cover artwork and send it all to the printers with about three or four weeks to spare. The printers http://www.ukcomicscreative.co.uk/ did a fantastic job. Thanks to Stuart & Hal.
Buy Shaman Kane on-line.
You can buy shaman Kane online from the awesome indi-comic publishing website comicsy via this link http://www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton/store/products/shaman-kane-1/
Shaman Kane Reviews.
Shaman Kane Book 2.
For those interested Keep an eye open for Book 2 teasers starting in the next few weeks.