This is a panel done for a series of prospective pages from the comic DEADLESS, written by Matt O'Keefe.
The story opens with an honest priest doing his solemn duty within the small confines of a confessional. Though unfortunately the subject of this confession is that of one Joseph Montgomery, the 300 year old man who continues to age, yet cannot die.
Their conversation? The faustian pact between Mr. Montgomery and that of a devil by the name of Azil. So desperate to move on from his ill-fated immortality that he's now charged with the obedience of his captor's every whim. Which in this case pertains to the existence of this particular church and this particular priest.
"He offered me the chance to live forever, and I took it. Who wouldn't? But the cost, Father, the cost..."
Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon,
Continuing my experimentation with the pen & the marker I've recently wrapped up this pen & ink rendering of a home in Towson, Maryland.
What I found most interesting about this project was the return to the fundamentals of perspective. After learning the rules I find it's quite fun to break them. So much of the time I freehand the perspective, giving an image a looser organic feel. With this piece though it's more about a grounded solidified appearance to the image.
So to achieve this I decided to revisit those basic mathematical rules of perspective. Which meant the horizon line, vanishing points and breaking out the ruler. I also, for the most part, tried to keep the rendering to that of hatching (marks moving in the same direction), with minimal areas of cross-hatching (marks layered over one-another in opposite or various directions). This gives off the feeling of a "traditional" pen & ink appearance, almost similar to that of an etching. Though I still wanted those deep blacks so I used a calligraphy marker to create the foliage in the trees and bushes, also a way to help frame the home.
Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!
Just to keep you all in the know I'll be set up at today's 3rd FRIDAY, the monthly arts & music event in the ever-growing Salisbury downtown. I'll be there sporting comics, portfolio, original artwork and doing commissions of your favorite comic characters, or anything your vast imagination can aspire to.
To quote the tireless Jamie Heater, 3rd Friday's event planner "We will have Live music from Alex & Shiloh on the Plaza, Interactive Street Art Projects, Two Art Gallery Receptions & Exhibits, and the Kids Area will be jumping with music from The EdgeUcators and a Giant Moon Bounce!" As well as 2 Bellydance shows at OC Kabob, sign-ups for a photo shoot by Culling Innovations and the good fellows of PLB Comics & Trunk Novel Publishing. Sounds like fun, right?
To find out more visit the 3rd FRIDAY facebook page right HERE. See you there!
Here are the pencils for the 4th & final concept piece in the series done for Plastic Palm Tree, based on the television show BIG EASY JUSTICE on Spike.
These pieces were used in Plastic Palm Tree's pitch for the advertising of the show and were done before the show itself aired it's debut episode.
Next up are the inked finals of both the 3rd and 4th illustrations. Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist from Salisbury, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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