Alien comic tribute in the works

I’m in the process of creating a tribute in the form of a short comic inspired by the ALIEN film which is on its 40th anniversary. It’s being worked on by using Clip Studio Paint to utilize the inking brushes and panels. It took a bit of re-adjusting to learn the panel creation and divider tool and getting the hang of it. It has been a long while since I’ve done comics and jumping back into it created a unique workflow for me on the iPad Pro and managing some reference material to get the feel right. I’m really liking the perspective tool a lot ever since I used it exclusively on Sketchbook Pro but this is starting to make me re-think the workflow. However, Procreate’s perspective tool is elegant as well.

Some of the preview images are shown below portraying the process and this is all before the finalized version is finished.

Here’s the first page on Clip Studio Paint.

Here’s the first page on Clip Studio Paint.

The second page with the perspective grid tool used. So handy!

The second page with the perspective grid tool used. So handy!

A close up shot of the corridor as a work in progress.

A close up shot of the corridor as a work in progress.

New Oni Print Version

On my Society6 store, in the past I created a horizontal art print of the Oni demon with quoted Musashi philosophy at the side on things related to the martial arts and swordsmanship. And recently, a vertical version has been uploaded to fit in the poster template size on the store as the image was rebuilt on Photoshop seen below. So for those who prefer it vertical as an art print or poster, it can be found on my Society6 page.

I decided to keep the text centered like a box, in the form of zen, so as to not overwhelm the demon below as a subdued dynamic and composition. Whereas, the horizontal version shows more of the demon in larger size.

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Classic Typography Book

Recently, I stumbled across a used book for a price that I consider it to be a huge deal titled “ The Mystic Art of Written Forms, an Illustrated Handbook For Lettering “ by Friedrich Neugebauer. Since the Otter Creek Used Books was located close to where I live, it’s a gem where usually hard to find or out of print books can be found in there. Interestingly enough, when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio, there was a similar chain called Half Price Books that their storefronts were huge in scale that I would spend a couple of hours perusing and looking for specific titles especially when doing research on my illustration or design work. Or simply for reference gathering.

And when I first saw this book, my jaw dropped while looking at the interior pages. I knew the style looked familiar and the more I leafed through it, the book was a must buy for my library of art books and reference. I discovered that this book was published in 1981 before the internet days and one can tell by the lack of web URLs and how the pages were designed. I’ve been working on a small personal project that relates to medieval style calligraphy or hand writing which led me to this find. This book by Neugebauer is a classic which I can’t wait to finish reading and one in which will help formulate ways or approaches to font or type layout. This is not just for graphic designers, but illustrators or artists that can make good use out of it.

After all, Friedrich Neugebauer is one of the design gods.

Cover of the Neugebauer book.

Cover of the Neugebauer book.

Stunning, isn’t it?

Stunning, isn’t it?

After having seen this page, I knew I had to have this book.

After having seen this page, I knew I had to have this book.

Dark Desecration Poster Arrives

In the mail, the poster print has just arrived a few days ago from Society6 with a glossy surface appearance which is expected. Because of the price alone, it’s quite reasonable for those who like to keep it simple and put on the wall. But for those who prefer something a bit fancier, the art prints are the way to go due to the archival photo paper stock and print quality. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well this came out as a few other pieces of mine are now included in the poster category besides art prints.

The entire poster shown here.

The entire poster shown here.

Close up of the details.

Close up of the details.

This is thickness of the poster and the glossy surface’s appearance

This is thickness of the poster and the glossy surface’s appearance

New Poster Offer At Society6!

Just recently, I had noticed that my Society6 store now has offered a new wall art in the form of a poster which is a cheaper alternative to art prints for those who may be interested. They measure in 18 x 24 inches in size at around $20 which is a very good deal especially when special sales occur weekly.

As you can see the photo below, one can find posters in the menu section seen here.

This is a screenshot of my account with the posters in the red rectangle for illustration purposes.

This is a screenshot of my account with the posters in the red rectangle for illustration purposes.

And in the next image shown is a screenshot of my actual piece now available as a poster print. Art prints tend to be a bit more expensive but the paper quality is photo archival stock however.

Screenshot of my actual poster print.

Screenshot of my actual poster print.

I just ordered this poster and will see how it looks once it arrives in the mail within a few days or so. From there, I’ll have an update of it on my Instagram and here as well. Not only did they have posters but wood block art which is a pretty cool thing and something that I also have available in one of my images with the Oni Demon. Exciting stuff!