Saturday, June 19, 2010

Some technicalities

The comments some of you left at the other blog about 'Framed Ink' include some interesting technical questions which I already answered there but, since the idea is to compile right here everything related to the book, I'm going to briefly talk about these questions again.
One of them was referring to the sort of pens and brushes I used to do the drawings for the book.
Going just about 3 or 4 years back in time I'll say that, for the 'Sunset on Hollywood' graphic novel I'm currently re publishing in the blog, I used Sharpie markers that would give me the ease, freshness and different qualities of brush stroke I like. The thing was after the drawings were done on paper, I had to scan the material, compose it, re compose it, edit it, etc on Photoshop, and color it with the same program once the process was finished. It felt great and it felt right for the project and for the moment.
Then, when I decided to go ahead and get started with the new book, I realized I wasn't going to have the time to finish it in an acceptable time frame if going at it the same way.
Since by then I had been using Cintiq at the studio for a long time and had finally got into it and understood its possibilities and how to adapt it to my style, I decided that was it. Then all the correcting and editing would be done digitally, meaning much faster and making it easier also when it came to store all the data and 'originals'.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

About the book

'Design Studio Press' is going to present my book this coming San Diego ComiCon (end of July), and in bookstores and online at the beginning of September this year (available for pre-order in Amazon now). It's called "FRAMED INK, drawing and composition for visual storytellers", quite a self explanatory title :)

128 pages, 230 black and white illustrations (some posted here today and a few more to follow) as well as many diagrams, with text explaining all the thinking process behind the art, exploring the areas of visual storytelling for both film and graphic novel (with all its similarities -and- differences) using light and many other devices to deliver the effect a shot or sequence require, plus thumbnails on the lighting and dynamics used in each example.

Thanks again to everyone that has generously supported the making of this book, and I hope everyone that gets a copy will have as good a time going through its pages as I did working on it!


Mi libro 'FRAMED INK, drawing and composition for visual storytellers' (titulo que define bien el contenido :) todo en ingles de momento) se va a presentar a finales de Julio en el ComiCon de San Diego (por 'Design Studio Press'), ha sido un año de mucho trabajo pero al final la criatura echara a andar dentro de poco en librerias, y online a traves de Amazon, en donde ya esta disponible para reservarlo.

128 paginas que contienen 230 ilustraciones en blanco y negro y 166 diagramas, con texto explicando en detalle el proceso de creacion de cada uno de estos ejemplos que analizan como componer imagenes con el proposito de narrar historias.
Se exploran los campos de la narrativa visual para cine y novela grafica (con todas sus similitudes -y- diferencias) usando iluminacion y muchas otras herramientas para transmitir los efectos tanto visuales como psicologicos que la escena o la secuencia requieren, asi como esquemas que sintetizan dicho uso de la iluminacion y lineas de dinamismo en cada uno de estos ejemplos.
El capitulo de novela grafica complementa todo ello hablando de las particularidades propias del campo.

Desde aqui gracias de nuevo a toda la gente que ha mostrado su interes y apoyo a este libro, y espero que los que lo lean se lo pasen tan bien como yo me lo he pasado trabajando en el!

Un saludo.