Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Rogue's Gallery



Here's a rough line up of incidental characters in the bar at the opening of my comic "Seaweed". I designed a brand of cigarettes but they never got used, maybe they'll show up in the second book.

24 Comments:

At 10:03 PM, Blogger flipstudios said...

Man, I just found your blog and i'm glad I did. Your stuff is so tight. What kind of pen do you ink with?

Keep it up bro. I'll be back for sure. Cheers, Andrew

 
At 11:45 PM, Blogger Justin Ridge said...

I love your inks on top of the ruff sketches! So much fun to look at. When will the comic be hitting the presses?

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Tancredo said...

hahaha, great Ben. I love the two nice guys at the top and the cigarettes.

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger toonamir said...

LOL, Siamese twins! Amazing drawings, Ben! Great blend of flowing lines and a solid form. Funny and creative animal characters like these have been missing from our industry for a long time. Inspiring as usual!

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger lafe said...

man those bison pics are shweet! you make drawing look funtastic!

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Osgood McSonogram said...

You talented, talented bastard. How dare you. Seriously, I'm tearing up these are so delicious.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Todd Oman said...

Awesome stuff, brings back memories of the good old days when cartoons smoked on TV.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Yavuz said...

Great character designs. How you do that? You are on the list of my archetypes now :)

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Clarke (Csnyde) said...

beautiful stuff as always Ben - such incredible inking too!

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger OV! said...

BB,
yeah man, those cats are off the hook.

>oVi

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Ben Reynolds said...

I love that guy with the duck feet, suit and martini..he's so classy. The siamese Cat twins are hilarious..such a cool idea! Is that an ink brush pen or what? Do you ink right over your original roughs? These are fantastic..thanks for sharing them.

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger willipino said...

great inking

 
At 2:05 AM, Blogger Chingyi said...

oh my! these are amazing designs!
i really like the cats!!

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Tapan Gandhi said...

hey long time observer.. first time poster

i just had to say that i totally love these characters, to the point of me actually having a dream that these "seaweed" characters were happy meal toys and i had to collect them all - especially the flamingo! i know, strange.. but thats how much i love them :)

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Excellent designs, as usual. I kind of remember this being addressed before but I must ask, when does it look like Seaweed will be in print and for sale? Also, will it be a single graphic novel or released in single regular sized issues? So looking foward to it! Thanks for sharing these sketches.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Alex "Toon" Deligiannis said...

Kickin' butt, man. I can't wait for the book.

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger marcello varez said...

belli disegni ragazzo.
-m-

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger CosmicPencil said...

Amazing work Ben! I really can't wait for your comic to be done and able to be purchased. Your work has been a real eye-opener, and I make sure to visit your blog at least once a week...
I hope you don't mind, but I put your blogsite on my links on my blogsite...although you get quite a few views anyways.

matt

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thanks to all of you for the great feedback!

Flipstudios-Thanks for finding my blog! I ink with Pitt artist pens by Fabercastle, (I think I spelled that right, I don't have one near me.)

Justin-The plan is to have it ready for comic con this next summer.

Ben-I did these with a brush pen but I generally use a superfine tip and build up the line to look like a brush did it. That way I can keep tight anal control over each line.

Tapan-That sounds like a great dream! I would hope, however that Taco Bell makes the toys, cause I love that place.

Tom-Hopefully it'll be released this next summer. It will be a giant sized, full color, 64 page, hard cover graphic novel, (or long comic book if you prefer.) It's a self contained story with the possibility of a sequel or two.

Cosmicpencil- Hell, I don't mind at all if you link me! Thanks so much, I appreciate it!!!

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Gerald said...

Such great characters!

I'd really hate to come across those 2 characters at the top of the page! I already feel like they're going to demand my lunch money...or else.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Kaveh said...

These are excellent! I especially love the looseness in the character lineup. Great penwork!

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger Dave T said...

Those are some amazing drawings! Great line weight and personalities within each design.

 
At 5:18 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

These are such a wonderful cast of characters! Found your blog through links fomr D's blog. Glad I did.

 
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