Sunday, January 29, 2006

Seaweed Page Progression




Here's the pencil, ink, and color for page 4 of my graphic novel "Seaweed". The pencil and inks are done by hand and then colored in Photoshop. I've had a lot of requests from friends who have seen the completed pencil version of the book, to publish it as is. I definately will along with the tons of studies and thumbnails, but I really want to try to finish a fully inked and colored comic. I don't have much experience with color, so it is an exciting challenge to try using it more. Also, I haven't included the word baloons and lettering which I'm going to do on the computer. I found a great font that I bought off of Blambot.com that looks much better than my cruddy hand-lettering.

29 Comments:

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Todd Oman said...

really nice stuff. I would love to see a penciled version also.

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Ulli said...

It's so great being able to see your work online. Good luck at the Annie's. You deserve the award!!! I'd definitely vote for you.

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Patrick Morgan said...

I hate you Ben.... Show off :)amazing.

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Newsquirt said...

your work is just Fab U Lous! 2snaps!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

Um . . . beautiful man. I can't wait to get my hands on that book. Impressive work as always, I hope it is going well.

MAC

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger willipino said...

really nice. your pencil stuff is great, and your inking feels very confident.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger JOE GIAMPAPA said...

great work
you hear that alot I know
your finished colour page totaly reminds me of a classic comic from the 60's . I do mean it as a compliment. I have some old mickey mouse comics that are from Italy . for a guy who dodesn't know colour well, you sure fake it pretty darn good.

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Smook said...

Great layout and drawing, Ben! Superb work! The colour pages are great looking too! Good luck in finishing it off!

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger Claude Bordeleau said...

wow! The designs are awesome

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger martin wittig said...

I'm always a fan of your work. Great stuff as always!

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger Alex "Toon" Deligiannis said...

Dammmmmm you, bennnnnn!!! SO SWEEEET!

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Osgood McSonogram said...

JUDAS ABRAHAM ON A TOOTHPICK!!!!! Publish this thing for us thirsty consumers already!! We have money, it's yours just give us a whole book of this please!!!!!

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger Marmax said...

Been waitin' a long time and it'll be worth the wait. I can't believe how good this looks!

 
At 4:00 AM, Blogger Howard Shum said...

Great stuff!

 
At 5:12 AM, Blogger BLECHA! said...

pooping... my... pants...

awesomeness.

i love the warthog bartender and the buffalo biker.

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Randall Sly said...

Awesome Ben!!!

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Clarke (Csnyde) said...

I have been a huge fan of your brilliant design work for quite some time now, and am overjoyed that you have started a blog.

Now if only you would get around to finishing up this gem of a comic... maybe I could sleep better at night.

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Dik Pose said...

Whoa! Excellent Ben!!

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Great stuffs!! Very coool!

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

thanks everyone!

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

This page is scary good! Great characters and over the top gestures and expressions!!

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Gary Clair said...

Holy shitballs! You are one talented sunnamabitch! My Envy-Ray is turned up to 11.

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Cedric said...

Fantastic! Can't wait to see the final product.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger pbcbstudios said...

great stuff ben!

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger the doodlers said...

Tt's great to see the progression on these. Thanks for posting it. Who's your publisher?

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger J said...

This is really excellent stuff Ben.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thanks again everyone. In answer to your question, Doodlers, I'm currently going to publish it myself. Printing costs have gone down so much recently, that it seems a shame to give away profits and any creative control to an outside publisher. We'll see how it works out.

 
At 12:20 AM, Blogger Justin Ridge said...

Dang, Ben. You rock.

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger Knife and Onions said...

This is astonishing work! The pen work freaks me out! I feel like have parkinsons when I use my brush pen!! :)

Great stuff!

 

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