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United Kingdom
Current Residence: England
Favourite genre of music: Alternative Dance, Metal, Grunge, Rock...
Operating System: Windows 7
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So I finally finished my splash page, something which I first thought about doing over two years ago when my good friend Andrew Reed gave me the idea of doing one. It didn't take me long to figure out which scene to use for the splash page, but getting it onto paper the way I wanted it, that was a task which would end up taking much longer...

The scene comes from the final chapter of my Soulless Voodoo Guy book. I thought it would be a good scene to use for a double page because it involves nine Trip characters who follow Soulless Voodoo Guy so there's plenty to draw.

I wanted to have a composition which used the space well and had detail and depth incorporating the various elements of my style. The idea is that hopefully the eye is drawn along the river, and then where it ends the furthest Trip character begins drawing your eyes back long the line of Trip's to the foreground again, and eventually back to the river.

I also wanted to make sure the terrain wasn't just flat; it needed hills to give the space some sort of dynamic and create different shadows on the land. This was also the first time I ever tried to draw tree fungus. I found it very difficult, and I didn't want to overdo it so there are juts a few small patches of it dotted around. I also drew a few leaves, not just for fun, but because they relevant to the story at this stage of the book.

The river was quite a challenge too; it's very hard getting it to look like it's flowing into the distance rather than just being flat. I wanted to ensure that it gave you that feeling of depth, and also of water flowing with the various patterns water makes when journeying down a river. I chucked in quite a few stones to give it something to go around and change the flow patterns up a bit.

As for the 9 Trip characters, I made 9 identical models out of plasticine to help me draw this scene. That's ultimately was took me so long between this and my last piece of art. I wanted to ensure that each shadow was perfectly captured, and I wanted each one to be posed differently. I also wanted a bit of interaction between them and the environment, so I have a Trip who is mid way through climbing over a fallen tree.

I think I challenged myself more on this piece of art than on anything else in my life. I'm happy with the result as it looks pretty much exactly how I'd imagine it all that time ago, even though drawing it very nearly made me crazy at several points. I do worry about how long this is all taking me, and if I'll even live long enough to finish it all. I'm a perfectionist though and it has to be right.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Mastodon - Stargasm
  • Reading: Between books at the moment
  • Watching: The Big Bang Theory
  • Playing: Mario Kart Wii (occasionally)
  • Eating: Duck
  • Drinking: Tropicana

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Andrewreed Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Hey, where’s Dave @? lol.

Haven’t heard from you in a while, buddy.

Finally got round to watching those four Futurama specials from 2009, but no Dave to converse with. It’s agony…
Funkymunkz Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Saw you on ONM forums!
venuslove Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Pappi here, you actullay have some pretty shazzam stuff here--I shall poke around.
monstror Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist
Thank you for the fav! :)
futuramafreak Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
Yeah, I kept my old fanart on there. I don't submit much anymore though.
CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch:!
futuramafreak Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
That comic is unbelievably well-done. I'd like to see a graphic novel, whether of your comic or you drawing someone else's writing.
CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
RedBishopInLove Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
nice gallery! Voodoo guy is pretty interesting.
ghoulishmoose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007   Photographer
Your gallery is fantastic! So unique and a wonderful style! The amount of detail is unbelievable and I know you took aaaages over making it, but it certainly paid off! :aww:

You should be extremely proud, it looks awesome!
You're super talented! :hug:
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