Red Flag #redflagcomic Process post!

Comics, Process

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Instagram the last few months (and you should!), you’d probably noticed that I’ve been working furiously on my new comic, Red Flag, which I will debut at MeCAF this spring. Here is the official description for Red Flag:

Red Flag is about the lengths we go to pursue our dreams and ambitions, the degree to which we’ll tolerate hardships to hang on to those dreams, and the breaking points that can force someone to give up on them. The hero of the story lives in the near-future wants more than anything to live and work in space. Once she’s in orbit in a decrepit and barely-functional spaceship, she slowly realizes that the condition of the ship and the violent tendencies of the ship owner are putting her life and sanity at stake. She has to make the decision—her life or her life’s dream?

I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with the world.  For real-time updates on my work, please follow the hashtag #redflagcomic on Twitter and Instagram.  In the meantime, here are some photos and thoughts on the process:

 

Here’s the hero of our story, Cassie, in a character design sketch, looking very concerned!


Some background characters as well. Randy by name, Randy by nature.


I thumbnail really really loose. Some people have their thumbnails as gospel for their actual layouts, they just enlarge their thumbnails and work off of that. I think I’d like to get to that point someday in my process, but for now it’s just me arranging main elements on the page and the flow of panels.


Here are almost all of the completed Red Flag pencil pages hanging up in my studio. I have them up on display just like magazines do for galley reviews — lets me get the bigger picture, find any issues with flow, and of course I go in there with my pencil and correct mistakes as I see them.

I finished my pencils last week and will be starting inking soon, so these pages will start to look a bit more interesting very soon. I’ve also started painting the cover design — I’m keeping that under wraps until it’s done, though. Want it to be a surprise!

Still – stay tuned.

… And since you got this far, here are two of my preliminary sketch cards that served as inspiration for this comic. I drew them back in October 2013 and have been using them as guideposts for this comic:
Red Flag comic - Maria Photinakis

Red Flag comic - Maria Photinakis

The Fire Vampire on display at the Beverly Cooperative Bank (Beverly, MA)

Shows

From September 26 through November 7 (2013), my original artwork of The Fire Vampire was on display in the lobby gallery in the Beverly Cooperative Bank in Beverly, MA.  Since the story itself takes place in Salem, which is the next town over, it was great to have my work on display so close by!  I hope visitors to the bank in downtown Beverly enjoyed all the work on display there.

photo 3With my framed pages.

Photinakis-Beverly-Cooperative-BankView of the pages relative to the bank and entrance.

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My husband checking out all the work in the lobby gallery.

Comic Short – The Fire Vampire – process update

Process

Work for my submission for In A Single Bound #3 continues apace! I am nearly done this project after working pretty steadily on it for the last 2 weeks. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at what I’ve been doing. It’s like seeing my comics in their undies, but sharing is caring after all!

Still roughing things out a bit here, but I'd done a lot of thumbnailing work previously and knew generally were things were going to go.

Still roughing things out a bit here, but I’d done a lot of thumbnailing work previously and knew generally were things were going to go.

 

Page two, last panel. This one gave me a lot of problems, I scrapped it a few times and started over. This is the latest version, I am much, much happier with it!

Page two, last panel. This one gave me a lot of problems, I scrapped it a few times and started over. This is the latest version, I am much, much happier with it!

 

A big establishing shot, super close-up here.

A big establishing shot, super close-up here.

 

This is the first page with most of the contour lines done. Placed down masking fluid where appropriate so I could apply some ink washes...

This is the first page with most of the contour lines done. Placed down masking fluid where appropriate so I could apply some ink washes…

 

The page after the ink washes have dried. Still needs a lot of refining and finessing, but the character of the page is starting to come through.

The page after the ink washes have dried. Still needs a lot of refining and finessing, but the character of the page is starting to come through.

 

This is on page two, my favorite panel so far. The dialog is pretty much a direct quote from the 4 year old I interviewed for this story. I was giggling the whole time when making this panel, it's completely adorable.

This is on page two, my favorite panel so far. The dialog is pretty much a direct quote from the super, super cute 4 year old girl I interviewed for this comic. I was giggling the whole time when making this panel, it’s completely adorable.

 

I’ve had a great time working on this short comic and can’t wait to share the finished product with you! – Maria