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    The Guard

    This is some of the art for the online comic book "The Guard". Writing and overall concepts are by Rob McLellan, and all artwork is by me.
    I am just posting some of the raw artwork, sometimes an entire page, sometimes just a few panels, for those people who want to see a slightly higher resolution version of the art. If you want to read the actual story, head over to the website. It's free!
    http://theguard.underwatersamurai.com/

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    first page. Pencil, ink, and Photoshop

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    page two.
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    panel from page 3. pencil, ink, and photoshop

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    page 4. Pencil, pen and ink, photoshop, 3D studio Max

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    part of page 5. Pen and ink, Photoshop, 3D studio Max

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    the idea is good and there is concept behind it, now you should work on your basics of color and light some more, in some areas the colors are really doll some variety will help, also playing with saturation could make things pop better for you.
    overall there is potential in here for sure.

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    more of page 8

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    panel from page 9

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    Nice work! Went over to the website to see more. Really enjoyed reading it. I love the facial expressions on page 8.

    Would love to see another update!

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    Thanks for the kind comments, Whisper_wm. The website updates at a rate of one page per week. That's about as fast as I can produce the artwork. Right now, I'm still spending a lot of extra hours settling on a style that I like. I'm really straddling the fence between traditional brush and ink and digital techniques, and sometimes I swing more into one camp than the other.

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    Your style is strangely unique and fresh, I'm quite fascinated by it! It must be the differences in rendering/detail of some elements in relation to others e.g. the spaceships vs the main character in page 2. That kind of creates a dissonance but it definitely works! I love the energy and gesture in the characters as well. I'd love to see more of this. Keep it up!

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    Thanks for the comment. I'm glad to hear the style isn't too incoherent. I was worried about combining major 3D entities and hand-drawn stuff. I think that the combining approach is OK when the hand drawn elements are rendered photorealistically, but it can start to fall apart if the hand drawn style becomes too gestural. I'm still fine-tuning the style for this comic. Rendering eveything photrealistically is the closest to my vision, but it's very time-consuming. I will probably end up evolving to a more traditional line-based style due to time and schedule constraints.

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    here are three panels from page 17. Brush and ink, Photoshop, and 3D studio MAX

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    Fantastic, love the combination of styles. I would buy this comic Would be great on the ipad......

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    That's great to hear. Gives me motivation. I've been falling a bit behind schedule due to the need to earn a living. We are planning on publishing later issues for download to iPad and stuff.

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    Great style, i love how you balance the use of 3d and the rest of the comic style.

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    bottom panels of page 18

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    part of page 20. Another intergalactic conversation, but between people who have access to much more sophisticated technology. Brush and ink, Photoshop, and 3dstudioMax

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    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5zeHmzEfoE, will inspire you...

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