For anyone who missed this, I can't post it on my fan art forum without a censor, so here it is:
Early version of MacKnight is the inked face; he got BEEFY later.
Upper right IS naked Erica; all my figures start that way, I do hate dressing some of the hotter ladies. Yes, I am that pathetic. She's standing on her own head there.
Above Mac is James Barrington (who figures heavily in issue #2). Kathryn without makeup framed by the unseen moon is below him, with the old giant blingy cross.
I think that's Kathryn again at the bottom pointing her butt at us, but that was 6 and a half years ago, so who knows?
The figure by Kathryn is no one, just practice.
Kathryn's costume is pretty much nailed by this point (in 2006), but I eventually lost the brocade-y crackle in the black sections (changed them from metal to leather).
The faerie's name is Julia; you'll see more of her and James Barrington™ (the "Wot?" guy) in issue #2. You've already seen James -- he's the letch staring as the girl's skirt flies up from the streak of light. He also has pointy armor, something I need to give to as many characters as possible because it's just SO easy to draw. Over and over.
As for the caption... sometimes I get bored. I really don't even remember writing it. Based on the hair, I think the figure was meant to be Kathryn, but the caption suggests Erica.
James' costume is different now, since I gave this iteration of his shoulder spikes to to Smiley instead, retaining his original spiked plate armor.
Naked Julia the faerie girl is NAKED. This is a sort-of preview of the cover to issue #2, just you wait.
Sorry Erica -- I love bad puns. Sadly, we don't get to see Erica in a bra again for the rest of this story. Or... maybe I'll have a monster eat her shirt or something.
The last one was an attempt at my Superman-esque character (everyone has one now). I was trying out hard pencils, and I hated them.
In the upper left we have Arayna (TM!), Kathryn's vampire sister who will debut in issue #3. Jack's face is as lopsided here as mine really is. I love this pic of Kathryn, though her nose is too small (as she is part African) and her cross is so big it's blingy. Erica's apparently Rogained the living hell out of her forehead, not sure how that happened. The rest are just practice roughs.
Julia's post here ended up getting (somewhat) borrowed for the issue #2 cover.
This page is me working out James Barrington's look (goatee or NOtee) and armor for EK issue 2.
Topless Erica was as pretty a thing as I could think of to test out inking with my (then) new brush marker as recommended by Michael Lark.
I still use the brush for black areas and finishing effects, but I do linework with standard art markers, as I have more control, it's faster, and my hand hurts less when I'm done.:)
This is from 1998, when Kathryn was 2 years old (in my brain, anyway), and my last name was still Collopy. It means baby horse or something stupid.
Anyway, this isn't meant to be a swim pinup; this was her costume at the time. I know, right? Blame Withblade, and EVERY OTHER FEMALE COMIC CHARACTER AT THE TIME OH GOD THEY EVEN PUT SUE STORM IN A BATTLE-KINI AT ONE POINT.
I soon realized she needed three things: armor that covered more than 3 square inches, flats, and pants.
Oh, and she used to have like an Uzi for some reason. I'm SO glad I didn't have a finished script to draw back then.
This sketch page is here to remind you that T&R still exists and will update here and there -- today, and twice next week (probably Tues. and Thurs.). EK's own Arayna has a backstory, and here it is: she's wearing a suit in this sketch because she used to be a Prof. X-esque principal at a school for superkids.
The other lady is Anne, Tiffany's mom (the thinner version based on an old sketch of a character for a class project).
The boy is Tommy, one of my favorite characters to write. I can't wait 'til he shows up in T&R. Don't the the notes fool you, he doesn't have a giant third eye. His actual power is MUCH cooler and funnier.
This is a development sketch from aught-o-five, back when I was working on the first draft of the script I'm currently illustrating. It's shrimpy, but I always liked it.
Hope you enjoy this -- instead of another sketchbook page, this week's non-story update is a page I cut on the last major edit. It takes place after Page 10 and before Page 11, which used to be Page 12.
Panel 1: Smiley paces as hostages cower. The baby cries.
Panel 2: Smiley looks at baby, making mom nervous.
Panel 3: Smiley stoops and wipes the baby's tear.
Panel 4: Smiley offers baby a lollipop as a hostage takes the fire extinguisher on the wall.
Panel 5: Hostage makes eye contact with mom.
Panel 6: Mom nods.
Panel 7: Hostage swings --
Panel 8: -- Smiley catches it.
Panel 9: Smiley faces hostage, takes it, and tells him to be a "good hostage."
Panel 10: Smiley leans in at mom, close and creepy...
Then Kathryn kicks him in the head. I still consider this page as having happened, and it will be referenced in a later story, but in trying to cut issue #1 down to 24 pages (to average out with issue #2's 20 to 22 pages per issue), this just didn't add enough to the narrative to justify the increased page count.
I slapped this together for a thread in the forum where a lovely person has offered to draw other people's characters. I struggled on the cape lining for a good 15 minutes. Almost went red, but I like the purple better. It makes her night-ier.
Here's another peek into the creative process. It's a cut page, #27 (which would sort of be #23 in the current version of the book).
Some of the material for this page made it into #23, which this page used to follow, preceding #24.
It got cut because I realized I had essentially used the same beat (Kathryn stating she would leave) twice in the same scene. It worked as semi-realistic conversation, but was unnecessary story-wise.
I don't much miss it, except for panels 3 and 8, which were among my favorite prep sketches of Kathryn in all the layouts. And I miss that we learn a little more about about Smiley, but I guess we don't really NEED to know. The pacing's better this way.
I am the new Alan Moore, in that I lace my stories with symbology and minute detail.
This image has appeared a few times in the background of Kathryn's office; it's meant to be a drawing Kathryn did in the early '40s to figure out how to arrange the members of KnightGuard -- the superhero team she was a part of then -- for a good dynamic portrait.
Kathryn is an artist; this detail factors into several future stories. She has drawn herself in her old costume (giant A!), along with James looking pointy to her right, and Arayna looking vampy to her left. The reason she keeps her rough framed above the doors and not the actual photo is that she's proud of her composition, but can't stand to look at the actual faces of friends she's lost --
The obvious Superman and Batman archetypes -- Valor and Scar -- are both dead.
The lady in the fishnets is Zora, the bartender seen in the background early in issue 2. She plays a MAJOR role in later stories.
hehe - still your art is wonderful!
This isn't a bonus so much as a "Hey, I missed Monday's sketch so, um, HERE!" This is a fun one. I always loved Bruce Timm's style. For 3 minutes or so, I considered doing EK in this style. 4/12 Way back in aught-o-five, I was trying to figure out how to get a drybrush effect without actually drybrushing. I came up with standard ink lines and pencil shading, intending to boost the contrast in Photoshop to "meld" the two media. It ended up being good training for actual drybrushing. Oh and Julia's here too. 4/10: Here we have lopsided Kathryn -- an experiment in combining ink lines and pencil shading, before I learned to properly dry brush. Serious Jack is SERIOUS. Red Sonja and the portrait next to her are both my lovely friend Wendy Gifford, who used to cosplay and perform as the character. 4/5: Back in 1998 when I was 17 and Eternal Knights was still a young and underdeveloped thing, I realized that a lady cannot effectively fight crime in a bikini and heels. I wish they could 'cause it's like totally hot and stuff, but pants and flats are what any semblance of respect and reality demanded. I researched medieval armor (using my library card LIKE A BOSS) and came up with this, vaguely based on some Spanish armor (Kathryn was supposed to be Spanish at that point for I don't know why). I've refined the design quite a lot since -- the smallest and stupidest change being lowering the waistband to give her belly jeans, and the biggest change being her boxy shoulder armor inspired mostly by Shi. You can even see the beginnings of the Eternal Knights logo here, along with a note that at least one of these boots "sucks". Quasi-feminism at it's teenaged male comic artist wannabe best. Enjoy. Usually I post a page with some Eternal Knights characters, but this page is just so turtle-y. This is Spider-Man, Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Marv from Frank Miller's Sin City, all done for a drawing thread on the Jinxworld Brian Micheal Bendis forum, back when I used to have, y'know, time. Curse Erica's sexy lack of pants. I need to find a way to work that into a script. More development work, done around when I was first typing the script -- my first successful attempt at a feature-length story. I drew these sketches while in the midst of putting the EK script together. I was in the midst of trying to make Loomis' figure construction techniques my own. In the midst of all of this, NIPPLES!!! I don't know why Erica is falling over. Midst. The top left and bottom right figures are James and Kathryn, and of course that's Julia with the wings. This painting of Julia is the first full gouache painting I did when I imagined I might become the next Alex Ross. I actually showed this to Alex Ross. I think he thought I was looking for work -- Alex Ross! If you happen to read this, I was just looking for a pat on the head. Swearsies. Yes, I used Jennifer Aniston as a reference. Yes, Julia originally had giant butterfly wings, which are an enormous pain to draw. Yes, that's a duck holding a tomato. More on that later.
Some people have seen this Spider-man before, but not M.J. nor the Superman below where I try very hard to be Ron Garney. Now, this is an oddity, to be sure. I AM SURE. I was in an art class run by the lovely Todd Herman, a couple lovely subs, and finally the bemustachioed Dan Schaefer. We were going to put together an anthology at some point in 2000; the idea fizzled, of course, but not before I wrote and drew a 7-page Eternal Knights story that has never seen print, and not before I painted this for effectively no reason. The character, if I remember, is called The Citizen, and is an obvious Superman parody. He was created by Nick D'Auria, a classmate. This piece wasn't part of a story or intended as a pinup or cover. I think I just wanted to practice painting and show myself that I could make the slightly silly design work in a real world setting. I used an Alex Ross Superman piece as reference. By request, here is the process my art goes through to become so arty. Above is step 1 and 2 together, blue pencils (to select with magic wand and remove in Photoshop). After all this, I first add the black areas... THUSLY:
...then I THUSLY add the grey shading, mostly using a black Pentel color brush marker. I hold it at horizontal as I can and use as little pressure as possible THUSLY:
That's the raw scan; from there, I clean up and make corrections (missing leg, anyone?) and add the background -- unusual, that step, but I wanted a blurred effect. I mark my mistakes with black dot (or several), then apply Pro-white to the mistake and the dot(s). 29th Apr 2013, 9:15 PM Hi. So. Issue #4 was to start today, delayed two weeks by my father's surprise passing. The cover is pencilled and partially inked, but I haven't been able to complete it. I've been busy helping my CP-afflicted wife more due to erratic staffing, and helping my mom and sister while my sister stays in the hospital. My sister has been having motor function issues for a while now, but they were so odd and vague that we have been unable to pin it down. It's MS. It's fucking exotic MS. A stroke would have been better. Even the doctors have said so. M fucking S. My first word after hearing the diagnosis: "Shit." It's looking pretty bad right now. We are hoping steroid treatment will improve it, but... it's looking pretty bad. I tried to distract myself with sitcoms tonight, but I barely laughed. It's a little hard to do anything right now; I'm oscillating between numb, angry, and sad with a depth I've not know before. I have some very good friends. My wife is an angel. My mother is tough. My sister still smiles and gets/ignores my dumb jokes. I'm hoping the best I can right now, but it's really hard. Issue #4 will start Wednesday. Sorry for the delay from the delay. I picked my break and return dates based on life making sense, which it more or less did a month ago. Anyway. I hope you enjoyed this (yet another) placeholder. I picked this really old sketch of Worf because, as a HUGE Star Trek fan -- even huger than me -- it's one of the few drawings I've ever done that really amused my sister in any way. I'm going to take some Trek DVDs to her hospital room tomorrow. I'm going to finish that cover for Wednesday. I'm going to cry very hard at some point here. Good night. -Caley
1st May 2013, 10:03 PM I deeply apologize for yet another filler. Between hospital sister and nearly-staffless CP wife, I have almost no time to draw. Issue #4 cover is almost done. I'll have it up ASAP. I picked this sketch page because it's a little like getting a comic, with MacKnight and Robert bantering. I get bored doing practice stuff and often add nonsensical captions; this is the first one that was a whole scene that kinda worked. A refined version will appear in a distant future issue of EK. Bulling ball, -Caley Tibbittzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... 13th May 2013, 9:12 PM I've been up since 5:15 am, I've day jobbed and shipped eBay crap and met with new care worker co. for wife and I DON'T HAVE IT IN ME NOW. Anyway. Here's why you're glad I didn't start publishing this a decade sooner. New page is 3/4 done, WILL be up Wednesday (I work exactly 2.5 day job hours in the next two days). Tish facos, -Caley I've got an ear infection and no staffing for my sweet CP wife after 12pm, so thanks to Spaces for the super-cute fan art! This is her interpretation of Kathryn; to see her interpretation of his own characters, check out her cool webcomics Yestergirls and Super-muse! Thanks again, Spaces! Thanks to Robotwin for the cool fan art! This is his interpretation of Julia the faerie; to see his interpretation of his own characters, check out his cool webcomic here! Thanks again, Robotwin! 29th May 2013, 3:21 PM So, while I'm waiting for my CP wife's new staffing company to both start and once having started learn the ROPES, I'm running this story EVERY DAY FOR 7 DAYS! I drew it for Alan Rowlands (who wrote some Power Man & Iron Fist issues back in the '80s, among other projects) back in 1999(!). Currently, Alan's working on this: Alone With The Mime. LIKE IT. Inks by Dan Schaefer. I will be working on EK issue 4 page 3 as much as possible to post on 06/07. I started pencilling it today. Numbthuckles, -Caley Tibbittz P.S. AND LETTERS TOO!