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    Hi, this is a post for a comic book I'm producing called 'The Risk Society'......I have sent the pitch to a publisher and i'm waiting for a response. I would love to hear what you guys think about it, as I've started a 'blog' that is going to work as a diary from concept to published. I'll be putting up sketches and ideas as i go along. I thought it would be interesting to follow it on it's journey..........i hope you'll take a look over there.

    Here's the link: http://therisksociety.blogspot.com/

    The Risk Society could be described as Ray Harryhausen meets Jules Verne, a Victorian adventure story with a mix of science and fantasy played out in a backdrop of industrial invention.

    I'll post more pages soon.

    You'll find out more regarding the concept at the blog........hope to hear from you

    Cheers

    Paul

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    Nice! I'm digging these a lot. The pages have a nice Mignola/Jae Lee feel to them with the blue/orange and blacks. My only crit is a lame one. The S in the Risk logo looks a bit out of place with the curves on the bottom, doesn't quite match the other letters.

    Tight pencils too on the old book pages!

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    These are really, really cool.

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    Straight to the inspiration folder. You have to update us when it is complete. I love the diversity of your characters and your colorwork on the pages have a really cool style. I'm looking forward to more updates.

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    Awesome!!! I love it, especially the page on the blog. This is the kind of stuff I want to read!!!!


    only crit is the second image, the backround color and the col on the figure (foreground) are too alike. makes the image somewhat unreadable..... which is a shame coz it looks promising !!!

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    Awesome !

    Is that Johnny Lightning and Blue Bolt in the cover pic ?

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    rose looks like an older jack sparrow! the sketches are fantastic, and so is the risk society cover.. however something irritates me about rose's left fist {to our right}.. it's not just the fist, it his posture too i think, but seeing as i've beent he only one to point this out, and i'm probably by far the least experienced at art, i'll just dismiss it as me being incredibly picky or whatever.

    i like dusk. the hat just makes the design, really.

    lovely stuff!

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    These are great, I love the linework and inking. Are you inking this digitally or the good ole' fashioned way? It was nice to see the process in your blog too... you should pop that bad boy up here in this thread. We love that sort of shit around here.

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    These are so cool, they make my work look really boring by comparison. I can't think of a single thing to crit about this stuff, like Nic said, this looks like exactly the kind of comic I'd like to read, & see more of in the industry.

    I imagine this isn't your first pro' work. What else have you worked on?

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    Looks really cool. Kind of has a Hellboy meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen feel to it. The artwork is spot on. I hope this gets picked up because it is definitely pro level. Nice work man.

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    Victoriana is allways cool. Its sounds like a mash-up of The Chaos Engine/E.L.O.G and The Assasination Bureau. Great stuff.

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    those sketches on your blog are so kick ass man... really great body of work.. i dont even read comics and I would these... great works... I recognize that flamed out ginny from and earlier post.. great work.

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    Hi Paul! Looks great!

    The blog is a great idea and the sketches are really nice. My favourite here is the second image with the limited palette. That mechanical-angel-snake-thingy is a lovely design.

    Best of luck with the publisher... I'll keep my eye on the blog for more news...

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    Thank you

    I appreciate the kind words.......it feels weird after all of this time in the studio developing it without aanyone seeing it. It's always a bit daunting to let your baby take it's first steps out there in the real world.

    GHill: You named a couple of artists I really admire....nice compliment. Unfortunately, unless a graphic designer can change it slightly, it'll have to stay. RISK stands for 'Research Into Scientific Knowledge'

    pixeldragon: Cheers

    FlyingMilton: I will update as I produce the rest of the book.

    nicolas: The blog is where most of the development will be put. The image you refer to was coloured as an experiment.....the sketch underneath didn't intend to be nothing other than a sketch.....I may do a full 'paintover' someday.

    Micha 1138:

    ....tie: Thanks....the victorian bare knuckle fighters had some strange stances (palms facing up etc) I wanted to capture that look as to what you would normally expect....I'm still working on it.

    strych9ine: old school inking on Bristol....coloured in Photoshop. Below is the image from the blog.....cheers.

    Staz: Not boring at all! Your comments are much appreciated.....below ia an example of previous work. I created a strip for 'Warhammer monthly' called the 'Dwarflords; back in the late 90's.....don't know if you ever caught that comic?

    Jedmo: I hope it gets picked up as well....thanks!

    Goatboy: The Victorian world is an artists dream.

    vigostar: Thanks a lot.....I hope one day you will read it.

    duddle: How's it going? Nice to hear from you.....and thanks.

    Here's more stuff...........





    for staz...


    Don't forget the blog........cheers http://therisksociety.blogspot.com/

    Paul

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    Beautiful work it's got a great feel to it, I love comics that utilise black to its full potential.
    My only crit is minute, Gunns sword in the winged creature fight appears tobe on t hilt backwards.

    that's it cheerio

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    Woo, sweet! You have a wonderful style with shadowing. It creates some really nice mood Thanks for sharing.

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    really great stuff, I hope it gets picked up by a publisher soon, it looks like it will be fun to read. the coloring works real well and enhances just like in mignola's work, instead of in certain comics i see where the coloring seems to take away from strong ink work

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    Your stuff is soo great. I like the style. I especially like the second peice with the mechanical looking monster thing, may it ooze into my ear and into my dreams. I think I'm radiating jelousy for your talent.

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    Really like your images, nice work man

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    beautiful work, & inspiring. I'll be checking your blog regularly, you just got yourself another fan!

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    Aw crud, I was totally off... must be me getting old...

    I meant Johnny THUNDER and THUNDERBOLT... really stupid when one doesn´t know his comics titles well enough ;-) But then again, the thunderbolt wasn´t blue, but red. I think I was mixing him up with BLUE DEVIL. Damn again.

    Great artwork, btw., can´t wait to see it published !

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    Crazy good art here man - dig it all. I don't even like steam-punk or anything vitorian, but this looks great. The style kinda reminds me of hellboy.

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    Very nice... love the character sketchbook pages on the blog! The period also rings as a fave with me... victorian machinery fantasy... yumyum Best of luck with the publishers!

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    Awesome work especially the cover

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    Those are some fine inks, could use more colors though, even if it's meant to be dark...

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    Thanks for the kind words. Regarding the colour, it's a tuff one, considering the comic was going to be completed in sepia tone and feed a subtle amout of colour back through (a bit like how old black and white photo's have colour introduced) That was going to be a fully painted book then, I still want the palette to be very limited. Once I've finished the first 4 issues, I'll give the hues an overall pass, and see then if it needs more..........or less.

    I'm working on more concept art for other stories at the moment.....I send them to the writer to bounce ideas from.........i'll post them soon.

    Thanks again

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    ps, A little like this experiment. At the moment, I'm heading towards a technique like this for the covers. Perhaps even more subtle.......it all depends on the final design of the cover........i'll be posting that soon.

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    Paul, your work is spot on gorgeous! Love it, love it, love it! By now you must have secured a publisher, no? What's the update?

    One small critique (Actually, maybe a big one, sorry): The Cover: The cover typography isn't up to your art. And the imagery on the cover, although the special effects are professional, isn't that much of an "image". Its too scattershot. Put the photoshop skills away for a moment and get back to first principles on the idea for your cover. One solid dramatic moment, illustrated to the peak of your potential. That'll do the trick, no doubt.

    Although, now that I look at it, I realize I just wasn't able to "read" the image in silhouette. The kid with the lamp "sinks into" the metal ball behind him. The genie disappears against the dark and mottled background you have him on. The kids arm goes lost and found. And the only thing that reads is that bit of fire that swirls out of the lamp.

    Squint at the cover. You will see what I mean. The only thing that remains is "Risk" and that swirl of fire.

    You must keep the silhouette strong. You can lose yourself in the rendering and there goes the image out from under your wacom. And the image is really what matters.

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    I like the diversity of colors and the comic style.
    Update us pls.

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