Working on Beyond the Mortal Coil Art… I can’t help but draw in a complex comic-book style. Below is a drawing for a children’s book I did that never got published.
Being that I’ve recently inherited the art direction for this game (more about that in the next paragraph), my goals are to somehow keep that style and yet make it simple enough for the graphic designer (Erin) to color and polish without losing her sanity. I can do the inking by hand with some confidence, but I currently lack in the digital art department. Learning the stuff is no small task for myself, but it will be worth it in the long run. For now I’ve decided to draw in my usual style, then go heavy on the black and white contrast, kind of like Frank Miller.
Check out one of my favorite pictures of Batman by Miller. I love a good strong black and white contrast, but Frank is also very good with lines that turn a simple composition into a very powerful image. If you ever pick up the “300” graphic novel by Miller, you might notice that most, if not all, of the panels really stand out on their own.
The original concept artist for the game unfortunately got overwhelmed with other things going in her life; something I understand completely. Since she and I were working on concepts together, where I focused more on monsters and she more on characters, naturally the art direction fell to me to complete. I don’t mind actually; yes it’s more work, but the truth is I don’t have to worry about trying to line up my style with hers, which was more chibi-cartoonish than mine. I’ve spent 31 years drawing and really working toward the style I have now, I don’t want to change it. That said, I do look for ways to improve it, and when it comes to styles in general, I really look for consistency.