Here goes my second submission for the "Sketch-A-Day Challenge." And it to be character doodles for a solo comic project I'm working on, called "Diabloville."
I've been developing "Diabloville" for about 4 years, now. After finishing "Everybody's DEAD" for IDW last year, I decided it was time to dig my heals in and finally make this book. It's my first long-form comics endeavor on my own. So I'm extremely excited to work on something big that I'm shaping completely by myself (of course, that's not counting the critiques and fine advice of friends and respected colleagues).
Simply put, "Diabloville" is an anachronistic-Mexican-Western-horror/love story. That's how I've been summing it up to people over the past few months. It combines lots of themes that I enjoy in film, comics, and music (the idea for the concept was sparked by a Calexico album). And, hopefully, I'll be able to give it a real cinematic feel, since I've gathered heaps of inspiration from Guillermo Del Toro, Akira Kurasawa, and Sergio Leone. I'm just a sucker for samurai, cowboys, war stories, and creepiness!
These sketches here are of two main characters... our hero and heroine, so to speak. I've been going back and forth on their designs -- getting their looks just right, finding the proper style for the book -- for awhile now. Especially with the leading lady. But last night, I stayed up late watching "Pineapple Express" and "Ninja Scroll," and drew the bejesus out of 'em. Just turnin' it out, ya know? And I have to thank the Gods of Late-Night Sketching for striking me with their cosmic lightening, because I feel like I've finally found these characters AND the look I want for the entire story.
Hallelujah and hambones!
ps-- My goal is to have finalized character art and some pages done in time for Wondercon, at the end of February. So I'll keep dropping tidbits and updates on the blog, for sure.