Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

March 23, 2010

SPACE 2010 Anthology

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:15 pm

An all new SPY GUY story is now available to read (for free) at ComicsXP in conjunction with the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo.  Just click to download.  There is a new POSSUM story in there too.  Let us know what you think.

UPDATE: The ComicsXP site seems to have gone down, so the links have been redirected to function locally.

March 8, 2010

The Making Of SPY GUY #1 Page 7

Filed under: Nostalgia,Photos,Sketches,Spy Guy,Video — M Kitchen @ 9:41 am

Here is a “behind the scenes” look at the making of SPY GUY #1 Page 7.  This one is interesting not only because it is the “hook” for issue 1, but it also contains the very first gag ever created for Spy Guy.

Back around 2004 I got to thinking that every comic book should have a “hook”.  A page that while you’re flipping through it in the comic book shop, it catches your eye, and you go “whoa!”, and in that moment you are given enough information to get a gist of what the book is about, and are enticed to learn more.  It would most likely contain a splash page image, and should contain a joke or one-liner that can be absorbed in an instant.  When I began brainstorming what the issue #1 hook should be, this gag came to mind.  It is one of the earliest Spy Guy drawings ever done, circa 1988, and is what I consider to be an iconic image for Spy Guy.  What better place to use it than in the very first issue of the Unlimited Series.

Pretty good gag. But for the comic it had to be more dynamic. That became very apparent while I was putting together the mock-up copy that I use to pace out the comic with.

Once I started the full sized roughs of the new dynamic pose, I realized that I wasn’t getting the drawing right at all. Once you tilt it at a bit of an angle, you start getting some perspective and the way the trench coat falls gets more complicated. I needed photo reference.

In doing video reference for animation, I discovered how much superior using video reference is compared to using photo reference, because you can capture thousands of frames to chose from, and you get better action because you don’t get stiff as you hold still for the camera.

You can even see in the video above that I’m delivering the line of dialog in case that effects the pose in anyway.  Below is the image I screen grabbed to use as reference for the actual panel.

From there I did some pencil sketches in front of the computer on 11 x 17 paper.  Here is the 11 x 17 rough I created.  The sharpie work was done on the bus on route to the GO Train back when I had a daily commute and was featured in a blog journal post a while back.  I find the sharpie is useful for really blocking in some forms to base the final pencils around.

From there I took the sharpie rough, and did a tracing paper pencil over it to tighten the drawing before transferring it over to the S-172 Bainbridge illustration board.

For the final pencils and inks, I pulled out the gun reference that I keep beside the drawing board at all times.

And this is what it looks like in the final page.  You can read it in context right here.

The page has gotten quite a few comments, so I can only assume that it accomplished what I set out to do with it. Now there you have it;  the making of SPY GUY #1 Page 7.

March 7, 2010

On the Drawing Board…

Filed under: Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 4:57 pm

Been busy, busy, busy working on SPY GUY #2… want to see a panel?

January 20, 2010

On the Drawing Board…

Filed under: Announcements,Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 11:49 am

Here is the first panel for the 2 page SPACE 2010 Anthology that I am working on right now.  I’ve always had a problem with going in with the blacks for contrast, but I’m very pleased with the way this one is coming along.  Thought I’d share.

Now back to the drawing board.

January 3, 2010

Comic Related Hot Shot of the Week!

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:30 pm

SPY GUY #1 has just been nominated as the HOT SHOT OF THE WEEK by Comic Related! Click on over to read the review and see what they had to say about it.

SPY GUY is leaping into 2010 with both guns blazing.
Gonna be one heck of a year!

December 22, 2009

iSpy T-Shirt & Apparel

Filed under: Announcements,Shop,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 3:11 pm
iSpy

All new GLOW IN THE DARK Spy Guy Gear is now available through spreadshirt.com! Featuring a design I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Rollover the image above for a simulation of the GLOW IN THE DARK feature. You can chose from a range of clothing styles and colours.

Take a look!

December 13, 2009

SPY GUY #1 – Haven Staff Pick!

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 12:34 pm

Haven Distribution has just released their fall catalog, and low and behold; SPY GUY #1 received their STAFF PICK! Click the image below to launch the catalog and flip to page 97:

In fact just yesterday, I received an e-mail from Lance Stahlberg saying some very nice things.
Thank you Haven.

I think Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca said it best:

December 8, 2009

SPY GUY #2 Page 3

Filed under: Photos,Sketches,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:34 am

Getting ready to bust out the inks on Page 3.  As you can see, I’ve got my Frank Miller contrast reference ready, and my Mike Mignola “Kirby Dot” reference ready.  You can also see the Sharpie and Pentel Correction Pen rough for a general idea of what I’m going for.  Note the Post-it note rough dialog, that trick sure comes in handy.

Also, if you look closely in the top left hand corner of the desk, you’ll see my mini-sketchbook… I sketched out a true story from Toronto back in 2005… that true story will be integrated into Page 12 (when I get to it).

November 29, 2009

SPY GUY #2 Page 2

Filed under: Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:20 am

Spent a few hours over this weekend inking sound effects on page 2, and was quite happy with how they turned out.  The uzi “ratatat-tat” has come a long way since SPY GUY: Bootleg.  On the last panel, I took the advice of Sean Robinson over at the TCJ message board and went with an onomatopoeia sound effect as opposed to the more literal “snap” I originally had in there.  I’ll be doing the onomatopoeia sound effects on Page 3 as well.

Speaking of Page 3, I spent some time locking down the roughs for that one this weekend too.  Hope to transfer the pencils onto illustration board this week.  This page will pose some inking challenges.  Should be fun.

October 31, 2009

Writing with Post-it Notes.

Filed under: Photos,Sketches,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:09 pm

Here on Page 6 the action ends, and we start getting into intensive dialog and character interaction. Something I always find difficult to write for comics. However on this page I’ve started experimenting with writing the dialog on post-it notes, taking the cue from they way they used to do storyboards in these parts for animation. Doing it this way allows for endless re-organizing of the word bubbles making the editing and visualization of the final page super simple. I think I’m going to work like this more often.

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