Friday, April 24, 2009

All Dummed Out

.....Hehe not really, I can never get tired of Dumm but sadly my week has come to an end. ( Sheds tear )

I had a blast creating the strips. Each one was so much fun to plan out, color and draw for.

Zach made it twice as fun as I never experienced the art of combined collaborations. Drawing a character while he drew the other yet still making them interact was so much fun and it sorta blows your mind when you see the final product. Both collaborated strips came out delightfully well. Maybe this is something the head dummies can play with for future surprises and events? *hint hint*

Even though my week has ended I've compiled some behind the scene work and line art for each day. (Give you a little taste on how I make the comics strips)

Monday-Big Pants Mouse

This strip was originally completed last year! And was the only strip I colored with my brown toned textures I usually add to my art. It felt like Big Pants was suitable for this type of coloring style.

Tuesday-Through the Porthole

I had TOO much fun working on this strip. I gave it more of an animated look and I had to follow up to Katie and Luke's beautiful take on the colored world of TTPH.
Short and simple but still makes you love the cap'n none the less.


Skadi was amazing to work on considering it was my weeks collab with Zach. He drew Dieasoid while I drew pretty pretty skadi, the backgrounds and colored. As you can see in this image I mapped out simple sketches of Dieasoid. Giving Zach an idea what I wanted him to draw. We did the same process for the Earthward strip for his week.
I was very very happy coloring this. Heeeeee....

Thursday-1930 Nightmare Theatre

I actually had two layouts for this strip but being the messy computer owner I am, I misplaced the first version of the strip in my many many file folders. To later find it AFTER the second version of the strip was completed. Oh well, I didn't do too much on the first take but it's pretty similar in the storyline and you can see how I map out the panels. Very storyboard-ish and fast.

Here's the second one, with my padded gray tones still left over my line art. (btw This one was actually the first strip I came up with.) Working with this type of coloring style is very exciting. If you can believe working with blacks, grays and whites to be exciting. It is. Had to add some grayish color tones in there with a hint of red.

And its so hilarious how people noticed my little tidbits of Koko the klown and Mr. Bucket. Who at the time, was revisited when someone linked me the commercial and told me to add it in the nephews playroom. (I had the Mr. Bucket game when i was a young'n. <_< )

Friday- Earthward-Ho!

This one, I had a smile on my face throughout working on this strip. I love coloring. Its my favorite most of the time and this was a delight. I gave it more of a painting type of feel. I had to make it epic and spooky yet playful, fun and cute all at the same time and thats what I'm all about.

Plus, Fiz's dorky yet awesomely drawn mouth expressions have always been one of my favorite things for Fred's strip so doing my take on those was a bonus. 200+

I hope you enjoy these and enjoyed my week!

I'd really like to thank everyone who gave me the heartwarming and inspirational comments on the site and for just checking it out! I didn't expect so many visitors!

Also, Id like to give a big thanks to the head dummies for allowing me to do this, again, I am so very privileged to have done this. You all have become such super awesome friends. I can't believe its been a whole year since we've discussed about me guest spotting on the site. I'm so eager to meet you all this coming year and I have some *stuff* to give ya too. *grin* I know will all be livin' it up in the near future and I'm looking forward to it. Really I am <3

Being a girly from the comic book industry where I have someone telling me what to draw and add. This was a great little escape, even though it's still comic book related, It felt more like animation practice. If that makes sense. It gets me inspired and excited for the future when I eventually do enter that field.

Man, someone hire me already so I can get my buzz! haha!

Anyway, again, much thanks all around. Its been a great week.

Stick around for tons of new work, book details, paintings and other goodies to come this year.

Much love!



pumml said...

Fantastic work on these, Tara! You really knocked yourself out on them and it shows in the final product. Great to see some behind the scenes action too!

Renee Kurilla said...

Tara I came across your blog yesterday...your work is soooo fun. Your characters are so twisted and filled with personality. Love it. :)

Skid said...

i enjoyed your week a lot!

Alina Chau said...

AWESOME stuffs!

Rocky O said...

Awesome awesome work! It's so much fun to hear an artist talk about the steps they take in order to complete a piece! Thanks for sharing, and keep up the spamtabulous work!!! :)