The Retro Car



Old meets new with this retro looking car. It was inspired by the Model T and a modern day BMW. I used the Model T’s engine and wheels. I combined them with the modern day look of the BMW. Today’s cars lack the feeling and look of the ones from the past. They dominated the roads with their roaring engines. Feeling this way, I was inspired to make this design. Using balsa wood, clay, and paint I did so. The car presented is a near perfect image of what I had in my head.

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Illustrated Journal #35

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A work in progress of my self portrait.

When I started, it was a mess. I didn’t like how it looked and where I was going with it. The first thing I did was apply charcoal to the hair. Then I went to the shirt. It was more of a rough looking black texture before the image above. After Started slapping charcoal on places where shadows were. It didn’t feel right. I was worried I would not enjoy this other project. I am comparing it the the Skeleton and Chair projects we did. Those were fun, relaxing, and gained new skills.

However, things changed when I had help from a classmate. He taught me how some new ways to apply charcoal to the paper. With his advice, I started from the bottom and worked my way up. I completely made the shirt black like in my picture. The neckline isn’t finished, but it is a start. I mimic that shadow line and others. The lips drew most of my attention. To my surprise, the in progress results are satisfying to say the least. The different values creates form. I can say the same for my nose too.  While writing this I realized that the nose is developing the form like in the picture. The darkness becomes less saturated as it goes from right to left.

I still have ways to go, but after the weekend I’m glad I was able to get feedback from my classmates. They pointed me in the right direction to make this into something great.

So far, I have put a little over three hours into this piece.

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3D Character Checkpoint 3

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Creation Comic

The Images are list from the beginning to the end of the project.

Graphite on Bristol Board


Inked Bristol Board

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Inked Computer Version (Done in Illustrator)
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Colored & Inked (Done in Photoshop)

Colored Comic(Scaled Down)


Panel 1: In the beginning, there was emptiness. Just empty space from one side to another.  Stars are scattered about through out the universe.

Panel 2: Thus God(Jehovah/Yaweh) created the Earth and the Heavens.  He filled it with his perfect creations to live. He created plants, dirt, water, landscapes, and even rainbows.

Panel 3: Then he created light and the sun to shine on the earth.

Panel 4: The waters of the earth kept spilling out of its sides. Thus, God created a dome that would separate them.

Panel 5: Behold Earth, but it is not just any place on it. No, it is the Garden of Eden.

Write Up

In the end, I’m glad we got to do a project like this. I’m interested in making comics of my own one day. This was a good start on how to wrap my head around it. I always had these ideas in my head, but I cannot just slap them down together in some sort of sequential order and expect it to work. Time and preparation needs to go into making it. Constantly drawing character designs and refining them will make it work.

When I took it into the computer, I wanted to use different shaped lines, as well as weights to make it look better. For example, on the first panel the line weights on the Bristol board version are very heavy. Since all the lines look the same, but are just different weights I wanted to play around with them on the computer. In illustrator, I found these different shapes lines that went perfectly with what I wanted to show. It helps with that whole outer space stained glass atmosphere I was going for.

In the last panel, the Garden of Eden, I left out the dialogue box. I am under that assumption that most people that will be looking at this is familiar Christianity in some form. I am hoping that they will know automatically that this is the Garden of Eden. There is the Tree of Knowledge with a red snake wrapped around it. This the sign that should communicate that it is so.

The black lines that separate the panels I chose to keep together. In normal comics, they are usually kept apart but are close together. In Christian stained glass everything is kept close together. It felt it necessary to do so with this project as well.

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Creation Comic

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Illustrated Journal #34


This is the image of myself I chose for the self portrait.

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I took it into Photoshop and played around with the black and white settings. I will be doing this in charcoal. Black and white created different values around my face. Some areas and darker while others are lighter. To try and capture this on paper will be challenge.B&WComic(Scaled Down)

The finished black and white piece.

Colored Comic(Scaled Down)

The finished colored piece.

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3D Character Checkpoint 2


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