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moobyj



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chapter 5 is on it's way!

Posted the cover today!

Check it!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monster Zero is one year old today. I am proud of this. Just thought I'd get that out.

Thanx All!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, solid milestone, solid comic, here's to the next year and beyond.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome job! Again, love your gritty drawing style!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my desperate struggle to evolve and speed thing up I've been messin' around with some new approaches for Monster Zero. Below is a series of doodles and page composition experiments with an even looser and more abstract style than what I've used in the past. I'm trying to change without alienating folks that actually like how things already look.

My main reason for doing this it workload. I've had an increase in design projects and I'm afraid I'll not find the time for M-zero if I can't find a quicker approach. I've come to far to stop so I trying to streamline everything.

All of these samples are completely digital. If any of you lovely people can give me some feedback I'd greatly appreciate it. Personally I like how this stuff looks but I don't want to loose the vibe of the comic. Let me know what you think.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude... the new all digital stuff still rocks! It actually looks a little "cleaner" but still has the grit and grime that I like about your drawing style. I really like the scratchy effect you have, with the whites looking "scratched-out" of the blacks.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those look sufficiently similar to your style up to this point that I don't think your readers will have any cause to complain.

I prefer the ones that don't have halftones overlapping the black brushy stuff; I find the collision of the two different dot patterns hard to read, and anyway the black stuff feels much more organic and meaningful to the drawing.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet character designs, especially the hot chick. Some look as if you drew them with charcoal and smudged 'em with your hand. Wondering if this is intentional, that's all.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback fellas! Sounds like it won't matter much if the style changes slightly. It's not like there's much consistency to begin with when looking back over the comic. I'm thinking I got a little bent outta shape for nothing at this point. Your comments reinforce that notion.

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I prefer the ones that don't have halftones overlapping the black brushy stuff; I find the collision of the two different dot patterns hard to read, and anyway the black stuff feels much more organic and meaningful to the drawing.


It would make for a cleaner image. But I've always liked things that challenged the eyes a little. Sin City is a good example. Hell, SMBH*A is a good example. I'm just trying a different approach. If I had the time I would paint the entire comic but that's not happening unless I win the lotto.


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Some look as if you drew them with charcoal and smudged 'em with your hand. Wondering if this is intentional, that's all.


Yes it's intentional. I love textures and I try to use a charcoal or ink splatter effect to create that. I've built a billion different brushes in PS for these effects.

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Dude... the new all digital stuff still rocks!


Thanks man! NHT is still "Genius" by the way! Laughing

I think I'll just start throwing random art up here to get feedback on occasion. You guys have been awesome! Thanks you!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just posted a new incentive poster commemorating my first year of Monster Zero! Check it out!

http://topwebcomics.com/vote/9045/default.aspx
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! --No, wait, I already said that!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I checked it out -- again, awesome linework and shading!

By the way - that fan art had me laughing my ass off!

Congratulations again on the one-year anniversary! Our comics are about the same age.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again guys! I realize that was sort of a do-over post considering I'd already made mention of my one year mark. I just didn't have the poster done the frist time so I had to post it up here again. I'm really not trying to milk it, I swear!

nothing- Glad you dig it man! I kept remembering how you said you liked The Prophecy so much (it's one of my favorites too) and I couldn't resist doin a Christopher Walken appearance. It's been in my head from the time you posted the comment. Probably only funny if you've seen the movie but still, as long as you got it then mission accomplished!

dpat- You did already say that but I still appreciate it nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updates are up for the week!

Chapter 5, Pages 8 & 9

Now let's celebrate with a new pic.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cute! Tho' not as cute as the limb-lopping swordplay.
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