A few months back, a fellow co-worker had graciously asked me to contribute some art work to his book "MAROONED - A space opera in the wrong key!" It's a collection of comic strips about a cast of characters marooned in space. The 100+ page book comes complete with extras and chocked full of "behind the scenes" notes from the author/artist himself, Tom Dell'Aringa. I'm not an avid follower of comic strips, but I read this one cover to cover. It's a solid collection any artist should be proud to produce.
Check out it's home on the interwebs here:
I guess Tom wasn't too embarrassed to include my take on his characters :)
If I could adjust one thing here, I'd remove the white offset line around John's nose. I wondered why I left it there because I feel it confuses his face/weakens his silhouette a bit. I remembered why though: Often times I feel I need to loosen up with how I work. Not everything needs to be perfect. I work a lot in Flash so vectors have an inherent ability to be very clean and crisp. I remember telling myself that not everything needs to be perfect (to my humble eye). "It's cool Bob - just roll with it." As it turns out, my gut instinct was probably smarter than my subconscious... A small irk overall I suppose.
And while this take on the character "Lian" reads a bit better color-wise...
...I did prefer the lighter colors here. Seeing it printed in the book, I really felt her hands get lost almost completely and all the blues in her body/hair run together, but I still liked it. I remember doing the darker version above just to justify my decision. Like I recognized the clarity in the darker image, but my artistic preference (who's to say art is "wrong?") was still the lighter colors. I gave Tom the choice and he liked the lighter colors too. With some more tweaking I could come to a better compromise, but again, this was one of those, "go with your gut, not everything is perfect" responses I had.
Hope I don't sound too critical. Just being my usual "worst critic". :) I always love projects like this and everything printed well. I dig the characters and Tom was happy with everything - Enjoyment was had by all!