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Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:10 pm
by ninja_bait
This is a comic I'm starting up.  New strips weekly.

This is the canon behind all my creations.  It is a mix of role-play adventures on the Space Police LEGO Message Boards, stories I built around my collection, and a lot of Star Wars names taken out of context.

Please enjoy!
But not too much.

Image001 by Jake Potter, on Flickr
Image002 by Jake Potter, on Flickr
Image003 by Jake Potter, on Flickr

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:38 pm
by Omega Prime
Nice art! I'd like to see more... the style is really nice!

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:15 pm
by Duerer
I really dig how accurate the drawings of these ships and fighters are.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:53 pm
by Colette
Wow you have an amazing talent at drawing. Have you shown any of these to stubby/Rayhawk? He might be interested.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:30 pm
by Scratch
Looking forward to seeing more of this.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:27 pm
by Quantumsurfer
Ninja-bait strikes again.  Some people have all the talent.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:27 am
by Arkbrik
That looks super good, keep it up!

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 11:44 am
by stubby
Colette wrote:Wow you have an amazing talent at drawing. Have you shown any of these to stubby/Rayhawk? He might be interested.

These are a strong start. What's your process? Are you doing pencils first or just going straight to ink?

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:40 pm
by BFenix
Heck yeah, these are super clean! I always found that getting the right balance between making the Lego pieces seem legit while also 'alive' and with movement quite challenging, but you're nailing it. Keep it coming!

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 10:58 pm
by Texhnophille
This looks gorgeous, keep it up!

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 12:06 am
by Kommander Ken
This is fantastic. The title design is my favorite.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:32 am
by ninja_bait
Kommander Ken wrote:This is fantastic. The title design is my favorite.

Thanks!  Titles are my fetish.

BFenix wrote:Heck yeah, these are super clean! I always found that getting the right balance between making the Lego pieces seem legit while also 'alive' and with movement quite challenging, but you're nailing it. Keep it coming!

It must look better to you than it does to me  :roll:  I still think the anatomy needs work.

stubby wrote:These are a strong start. What's your process? Are you doing pencils first or just going straight to ink?

Uhhh... "pencils" and "ink" are kind of generous terms for what I'm doing.  I start with rough sketches in non-photo blue and then finalize all the details with a fine point sharpie.

Image

Crosspost to Minifig of the Month for more backstory for Carde and Rick.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:08 pm
by BFenix
Are you going to go for a story or any relation between the episodes? Or is each one going to be separate shorts like these?

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:26 pm
by ninja_bait
BFenix wrote:Are you going to go for a story or any relation between the episodes? Or is each one going to be separate shorts like these?


This is the start of a storyline.  I'll eventually circle back to the stories from the three "pilot episodes."  I think the comic will start to gel as it progresses, but it's hard to tell from here.

Re: Space Repair Garage: The Comic

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:02 pm
by stubby
ninja_bait wrote:It must look better to you than it does to me  :roll:  I still think the anatomy needs work.

I've hired and worked with a bunch of Lego comics artists over the last decade or two. Believe me, your grasp of minifig anatomy is way better than a lot of the professionals I've art directed.

What really stands out to me is your staging. For some reason it's hard to find comics artists nowadays who want to do anything other than dull two-heads-talking-against-a-flat-background frames, but even in the frames where you're not going into super detail it's clear that you're thinking about the 3D space the characters are inhabiting and being deliberate about how you place the viewpoint within that space. It's one of those things that you wouldn't think was a rare quality, but it is.

ninja_bait wrote:Uhhh... "pencils" and "ink" are kind of generous terms for what I'm doing.  I start with rough sketches in non-photo blue and then finalize all the details with a fine point sharpie.

That's as much as I do a lot of the time, although I'm doing the digital version.

If there's one thing I'd suggest for a next step, once you get them to this level you should go back in with the same sharpie to reinforce some of the lines. That'll help separate the object edges from the textures and add some line weight variation.

(If there's two things, I'd next suggest trying out some hard blacks to pop your characters and composition, but that's a much bigger commitment.)

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