Saturday, June 24, 2006

Developing Seaweed






Here's a collection of development for the main and title character; "Seaweed." The image of him and Poisson in the upper left corner of page one, (with the cigar) was the first image drawn back in 1998 I think. The basic elements remained the same but getting his proportions to work took some work. It always takes me a lot of drawings and struggle to get anything to work right, and it always pisses me off when I see great artists who magically make beautiful drawings just flow out of their pencils. I included a page of some stills from the comic so you can see where he ended up finally.

25 Comments:

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Osgood McSonogram said...

Wow. Wow. Wow.

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger Tom said...

awesome drawings, always fun to see the creative process. The stills from the comic look amazing as well. I can't wait to be able to buy the finished book.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Marmax said...

"and it always pisses me off when I see great artists who magically make beautiful drawings just flow out of their pencils."

AW c'mon!You seem to be working you're own magic just fine!

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Clarke (Csnyde) said...

god ben all of this stuff is just so freakin unbelivebly good.

I don't care if it takes another year or two for you to finish this baby as long as it looks this freakin fantastic.

will you be in San Diego for the con this year?

If so any plans to have a sketchbook for sale?

I keep telling Stephen Silver to bug you until you decide to make one finally. but I'm guessign that approach isn't working.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful work Ben. Head and tails . . .litteraly, above the rest.

MAC

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger Haki said...

Awesome! i´m knocked out! I love your line-work!!

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger CosmicPencil said...

Ben,

I am going to have to make some Seaweed fan art, just because I love the characters and what you are doing with them...

matt

 
At 4:29 AM, Blogger phc said...

uaohhhhhhhhhhhh...this blog is very interesting...and your works are very cool...

roby

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger lafe said...

this looks like a finished animation already

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Geez! These came out great! Seaweed rocks the Seven Seas!!!

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger shannon said...

Ben,

Stop making the rest of us look bad a$$hole!

Sincerely,
Shannon

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Rocco said...

Hey! Watch your language!

Ben's Mom reads this blog, you #@%$#@!

:)

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger OV! said...

kick ass man.

those are sweeeeeet...


DVD tuesday, ill see ya sucka.

>oVi

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Patrick Costa said...

I marvel, I simply marvel.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

As always thanks for all the kind words!

Clark- I'm not 100% sure but I think I'm going to miss San Diego this year. God-willing I'll be there next year with something to sell...although I've been saying that for 4 years now.

As far as a sketch book, that's not really much of an interest of mine, (although, it's pretty cool that you'd want one.) I think it would still take too much time to put one together, and I really want to finish this comic book!

 
At 3:19 AM, Blogger BLECHA! said...

Hey Ben

Woulda mind sharing what you use for pencils (non colerase), markers and inks?

Headin to WI tomorrow. Maybe will hit up Chili Johns...

Thankee.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger The Fan said...

Ben,
You now have to show use the rest of your characters from your comic in the same way you did here. This stuff just makes me want to buy your book even more. It is a great way to build up hype for the book before you even sell it... Smart Idea. I really hope you put all of this and more in your making of book even the drawings you think are not so good; even though they will be better then anything I could do. Also I would love to be able to buy it in a hard bound cover and bigger than the standard USA comic size, more like most of the Foreign comics come in. Last, Could you tell me what you use to color your rough drawings? Not in the last picture, I can tell that you use Photoshop. But I want to know about the other ones... what is it that you used on the rough drawings.
Thank you Ben...
You need to quit your job because you would be successful at doing this comic full time!!!!!!

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Blecha- You lucky Bitch! Going to Chili Johns is one of the great experiences in any persons life! I am supremely jealous! The pencils used here are mostly col-erase (purple, Navy Blue, and Carmine Red) and some Prismacolor Non-Photo blue on tracing paper. Some of these were done so long ago that I don't quite remember what I used, but I used to ink with basic rollerball pens and color with Tria Letraset Markers. Now adays I ink with Pitt artist pens, a combo of the superfine, fine, and brush tips.

the Fan-Wow, thanks so much! As said above I colored those with Letraset Markers on normal animation paper. I would love to do this comic full time, but I'm still too chicken to make that leap. But thanks for the encouragement!

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger St John Street said...

Just excellent once again!!!

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Lubomir said...

Awesome stuff, very interesting!

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Amazing works!! THe character is so appealling and animated!

 
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At 7:09 PM, Blogger Farrukh Khan said...

WOW. nice work. i've just come across ur blog here and...wow haha

 
At 6:51 AM, Blogger Paridhi said...

wow u r characters r too good..
i would like to add u to my links.

 

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