Tuesday, June 21, 2005

How'd you do it?

Hey metal heads! Just thought I would keep sharing with everyone how Colossus came to be.

The image above is the cover of the book done by the fabulous Dominique Louis! I am a big fan of his work and he so graciously agreed to honor my book with an original illustration.... done entirely on computer. So a big thanks and a big bow to Dominique!!!!

I dont know how many comicbook artists use the computer these days but thats all i used in creating this graphic novel. i use the computer all the time to do my work. Its true I've left the pencil and the comfort of paper behind but what I've lost is more than made for in flexability.

I work only with photoshop and I draw on a wacom cintiq ( its the kind you can draw right on the screen) most people ask me if there is any lag? The answer is NO! not really . If I draw really fast there is but it doesn't change how you draw. the cool thing about it is I never have to erase, you just grab it and delet, perfect, no smudges. I can also get as close to my drawing as I want without getting close, no more bending over the table. Saves the eyes. There are many more benifits that well out way what I miss about paper and pencil. Ah well Im a tech convert.

Not to say that classical illustration will be left in the dust.... no way... drawing in the classical way or even painting gives you a foundation that is priceless.

anyway enough rambling. I did the whole comic on the computer because it was fast and gave me way more flexability and control. the pages below will explain in a simple way how I did it.




Blogger gimpyeyes said...

Holy molly Mark, these sketches and process drawings are so cool. I love the knight on the horse, its awesome! Your making me really anxious to get your book man.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Brave_Sir_Robin said...

Hey Man

that stuff looks great!
and a hugely succesfull facelift to the last book

makes me want to learn to draw

man you really tamed that computer
I might have to get you to give mine a kick or too
can't wait to see all the Pixar books

9:54 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Gimpy eyes- making you anxious is the point. the time will come soon very soon.

Brave sir robin- Thanks for the feedback. And I'll kick whatever you want me to kick.

11:13 PM  
Blogger The Moth said...

Lookin' great, Mark!

As with all you E-Ville cats, I can't wait to grab the book. I like how both you & Ted have the behind-the-music for us. Rockin'!

9:05 AM  
Blogger roque said...

Just when I thought I had enough blogs to frequent... Expect many hits and a long line at Comic-con. Your book looks beyond amazing. Geez, someone should hire you to do storyboards or something...oh wait...

9:40 PM  
Blogger amelia said...

Cool! Mark Andrews has a blog! I'm geekin' out!

9:12 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Roque- Thanks for the prediction,I will look forward to long lines.

Amelia- Its about time huh? Glad your geeking out I am too.

11:16 AM  
Blogger potato farm girl said...

Wow Mark!! It's looking fantastico! :D

1:18 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Thanks Potato Farm Girl!!!!

5:07 PM  
Blogger OV! said...

great stuff mark.


5:59 PM  
Blogger Billy Shih said...

wow, that's really awesome that you posted those WIPs! that dragon page comparison brings a tear to my eye.

you have definitely inspired me to learn how to be able to really draw... time to get cranking on my daily sketches!

7:31 PM  
Blogger daveau82 said...

I am ready to read this book! Question: how do you find the time to do this? I heard you were directing a short film, and I assume your storyboarding some kind of project as well, do you ever sleep? Thanks for all the inspiration, as always, and see you at the Con.
-Dave Au

1:45 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Moth-In truth I was on the fence about adding any behind the scenes stuff.... but when yuor one page aver yuor signature and you cant loose a single pg a "process" section really saves the day. I liked doing it too. I kick myself for even considering NOT doing it.

Ovi- (tips hat) thank you sir.

Billy- glad you dig it... now get that scetch book out and get crakin'

Dave- I have this time warp machine that allows me to compress time so an hour turns into ten.... kidding! Its all about discipline mostly, well 10% discipline and 90% no sleep. I just work on weekends and duringing the evenings after the wife and kids go to bed. I find that if I am noty busy doing something I find something to get busy doing. Colossus was a great outlet. Im basically impatient. Its a power, a gift and a curse.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Came over here from Ronnie's blog. I picked up the original version of the book when it came out...to be honest, for the Mignola pin-up (I being a Mignola nerd). Then, as it rarely happens, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Looking forward to expanded brand-new epic and to meeting you at the con.


1:57 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Rick- honesty IS the best policy. I was very fortunate and honored when Mignola agreed to do a pinup for my first book. I would have bought it just for the pinup as well. Im glad the book had merits too. Wait 'till you see the new version. I put in a lot more love.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Goober said...

Hi Mark,

Your drawings rock! Can't wait to meet you and buy your book at the Con. Love the blog and 'process' stuff. Keep it up man!!

2:08 AM  
Blogger daveau82 said...

Hi Mark,
Dave again, what days will you be at the Con? And will you be signing or doing sketches?

12:57 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

John- see you at the con

Dave- I'll be there everyday man. i will not be doing sketches but i will be selling original art from my first Colossus book.

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Dane said...

Hi Mark,

It´s the Dane from Annecy. Nice meeting all of you guys there. I don´t know if you remember but you actually promised me a copy of colossus. It looks awesome, so I will be really greatful if the offer still stands.
You can contact me Here: mail@jafilm.dk

7:24 AM  
Blogger Ted. said...

Oh, man that's cool, I hope you print a bunch of them cause i'm coming down to SDCC and I'm picking one up!

1:37 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

ted- no fears man i printed plenty come get one


4:22 PM  
Blogger Somebodi said...

Wow. I loved the original Colossus and plan on picking up the new edition, the pages you've posted look beautiful and I look forward to an expanded story.

Unfortunately I'm not going to San Diego this year, damned fubar hotel situation. Is there any way to buy some of the original art from the first edition without showing up? :(

5:03 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

UPYORZ- I believe so. let me know what pgs you would like in a first choice second choice third choice type of format and I'll see whats available. we'll work out the details after that.


9:47 PM  
Blogger VENAM1 said...

Christ, who gives a shit about what tools you use to work...

No matter you use, IT LOOKS LIKE ASS...!!!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger IanFeller said...


My name is Ian Feller and I run a company called 813 Services & Solutions (WWW.813SANDS.COM) that assists new publishers get the word out on their projects, deal with the business aspects and more. I'd love to talk with you guys in San Diego about helping.

I can see that you're really busy, but I hope you can find a few minutes to take a look at my web site and see all the ways I can help you guys. If you do, drop me a line and hopefully we can meet up at the con.


2:54 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

venam 1- thanks for your comment. so nice to hear from the mentally challenged. did you type that all you self or did you need help?


Ianfeller- Im sure we'd like to hear what you'd have to say. stop by our booth at comicon.


9:41 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

I hope you have permanently blocked that venam guy's ability to post. What an @$$hole.

See my comment added to your first post! Autographed if possible!


11:22 AM  
Blogger Brian Denham said...

I love your work on this book. I can't wait to see all the books from e-Ville.

Funny thing I was going to use that name after a SpongeBob episode where ManRay kept saying eeeeeeeVilllll! so much that it sounded like a fun city to visit. :)

I'm also drawing comics on the computer. I do everything in Adobe Illustrator however. Click on my name to check out the art I've been doing on the computer.

I'm linking to your site and trying to help spread the word!

9:45 PM  
Blogger Colonel Moustachio said...

Looking Good!!!

I'll have to get one at the nerd convention.

-Colonel Moustachio


2:28 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Mike-- thanks for the support- Venam is a friend of mine that likes to talk sh*&^@#t. No prob send me an address. Autographed and everything.

Brian-- thanks for the comments. And thanks for the link. everylittle thing helps. Hopefully very soon I will have a link so Colossus would be available on line. Keep your eyes peeled.

Colonel--Hope you piced one up at the con-vention. It was a nerd fest but in a good way. 90thousand this year. If you didnt make it down keep checking the blog for updates on how to get one.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Oh, man, sorry about that! It sure didn't sound like the two of you were friends! The written word is so difficult to interpret.

I'll e-mail my address to you pronto! Thanks A LOT!


11:21 AM  
Blogger Art Sir said...

Hi, I have a question about the cintiq, i just got the cintiq and i find myself going back to paper because its like drawing on glass, its so wierd.

And how do you get the thick and thin in photoshop? I can't seem to get those angles on the cintiq cause its not a pencil.

i'm one of those guys who are like sketch drawers, i can't do anything when i clean it up. When i clean up my lines look weak and there is no flow.

anyway thanks for the great inspiration. i love your work.

11:55 AM  

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