Today is the day when my newest job sees the light of day. Chilean comic book El Viudo, published by Dogitía, will be available for everyone in a 100 copied limited release with two covers. Here’s the invitation to the signing in the FILIJ (Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil).
Here are some images of the interior art. I hope that you like it.
With Rodrigo Campos we developed the first El Viudo story named “el Fin Del Luto”, which can be translated as “The end of mourn” long 5 years ago. It was pitched on the NGI International Meeting where publishers like IDW’s Chris Ryall taught us the real chilean comic book artist status.
After publishing last june the El Viudo Book “La Cueca del Manco”, (Dogitía, 2014) – which also can be translated as “the One-handed man cueca” Oscar Salas, Dogitía’s publisher asked us to re-do that 12 page story.
Script: Gonzalo Oyanedel
Art: Rodrigo Campos Ponce
Editor: Oscar Salas
Here you can find a Step by Step of one of the pages
Here you can see a gallery of the art.
As you might seen lately I have been focused on inking Rodrigo Campos for El Viudo book again. Or back, or whatever.
Dogitia Publisher Oscar Salas in an effort to put more material out there of the character and get more attention to the El Viudo : La Cueca del Manco book asked us if we wanted to reboot the El Viudo first story, which was made back in 2010 when IDW Chris Ryall visited Chile for a comic book seminarium and project pitching.
Differences are excruciating, lacking for a clear concept to put there. Back in 2010 Rodrigo and I tried several things and we were way too uninvolved with the character to give it a proper look. Now it’s way better.
The book – as long as there is no additional content considered – will be 12 pages and a cover and printed in a 100 limited copy. Will be released next Santiago’s Book Fair Filsa, which will be held at Mapocho Cultural Center from Oct 24th to Nov 9th.
Hope that you like it. I am quite proud of the results and well, taking into consideration that I am overloaded with work the one or two things that are not right in my eye wasn’t able to fix it. Hopefully this is my perfectionism speaking and you enjoy it.
Here’s a cool Step by step from the latest El Viudo job you’ll see. It’s from Page 7. Pencils by Rodrigo Campos.
I use to take live pics from my job as I am inking with many purposes, but mostly because I want to keep updating my network that i am currently working on different projects and notice cool details of the job as they pop up.
Step 0: Detailed pencils of Rodrigo. Notice how he detailed the glow of the gun at the hand of the character. Light source and dramatist comes from it. Note how he tends to shadow blacks in a concentric orientation. That’s cool and helps.
Step 1: After digital edit (duotone the original and print it in a A3 page), I started with the shapes taking into consideration the source of light, giving the importance of how it reflects in the leather jacket. That’s why I took a tight feathering. (Even thou I think I have improved my regularity on the feathering it’s still an issue to me that I’m gaining expertise every page I ink).
Step 2: Viudo’s leather glove as it’s the nearest part to the light source requieres lots of tiny quill detail, not long feathering there. Besides I wanted to express the hand gesture by making more strong the outline of the hand with a organic stroke. I gaped the gun with some unmodulated lines and spotting the blacks. I added some mask drawing gum for some effect later.
Step 3: Headshot. This is the most important part since it reflects the drama of the moment. The character is making justice AND claiming revenge for an unfairness committed against the undefended children. Here is not old school justice making, this is plain and raw vengeance. So I focused in the eyes and making some cross hatching beneath those eyes to make the light come slowly to the main focus. I inked the hair with a brush in order to give it a more realistic look and by this point I didn’t like how the hat turned out, so I left it for retouch later.
Step 4: Take a look at the glow. There’s the drawing gum that I brushed before the concentric feathering. This was cool how it turned out, since gradient in pencils are easy, but inking leaves you to interpretation. I did 3 layers of feather there, the closest to the white light were small concentric dead lines. The following ones are larger, not equal sized and modulated lines leaving for the darker outside layer with short, closer and energic quill strokes that are all merged in a black spot that will be later merged with the black background.
Step 5: that’s how it looks once every line has being traced. Now it’s time to spot blacks.
Step 6: For that task I use a big flat beveled #8 brush. a cheap one. This is only used for spotting blacks. Now, when the ink nears the inked job I use an old but reliable Raphael Kolinsky 8404 #0 brush. I love that one. For me it’s the best.
Final Step 1: Done! notice how around the glow that surrounds the gun blast how I removed the mask gum. that can be seen in the shaded parts of the gun. I splattered some white inks on that part in order to give more drama to the gun blast and in the gun point I did the same whit regular black ink.
Hope that this helps.
As you may know, El Viudo is being penciled by Rodrigo Campos. He is a chilean artist with long time on the drawing board and he is eager to work in the comic book industry.
And he is the penciler whom i have inked the most. We share working hours in more than 100 pages in the last 5 years, since he asked me to help him with the Age of Oblivion graphic novel.
Please, take a look at his incredible portfolio by clicking the image below.
Here are his contacts:
Name: Rodrigo Campos Ponce
DA Page: http://rodrigocamposp.deviantart.com
if you are looking for a classy, noir, Gene Colan detective 60’s style, he’s your guy and even better, I’m his inker.
This week has been the busiest I have ever had since I became a freelancer inker.
I have been assigned several projects at the time and some time last sunday everything blew off. SDCC is around the corner and I was asked to do a last minute inks to help a new comic, so in order to help, I had to commit to myself and break my 6 inked pages per week boundary.
A friend of mine, talented penciler and chilean comic book artist and icon Gonzalo Martinez, (who is currently waiting for San Diego ComicCon), challenged me to do that.
9 inked pages in a whole week may sound something not very difficult to accomplish for some, but it’s my first time so I want to prove myself in case someday I have this very scenario with any of the big ones.
And I made it!
– 1 page from Starburn issue #2, which I cannot post a preview yet since the published does not allow inking wips. (digitally inked using MangaStudio EX), pencils by the exquisite Brian Balondo.
– 2 pages from the upcoming webcomic Death Reserve by Von Kreep which will be premiered at SDCC. (digitally inked using MangaStudio EX). Pencils Richard Connolly
– 1 pin up for an upcoming Kickstarter, named Day-165, penciled by Erik Roman asked by publisher Tony Doug Wright from Champion City Comics (Traditional nib inked)
– 3 pages from Tear#1, my latest assignment, finishing issue #1. (Traditional nib inked). Pencils Federico Zumel
– 1 Page from the re-adaptation of El Viudo‘s first story “El Fin del Luto”, asked by publisher Oscar Salas from Dogitia, who wants to publish that story, once digitally published here. That story was made in 2010 and when I see it it hurts, so penciler Rodrigo Campos and I agreed to do it again and someday print it as it was supposed to be printed, with quality. (Traditional nib/brush inked).
– 1 page for the up comic webcomic The Monster Men, also penciled by Erik Roman to be published next Aug 8th by the Edgar Rice Burrough’s website. (Traditional nib/brush inked)
Next week. I have another 9 pages to ink. XD
Love this job.
So, here it is, finally, my first published book in Chile. Printed by Dogitia a new publisher who is devoted in quality printed comics.
It has been an honor and a high task to work for like two or three years in this book as I have previously said, on and off.
So, here it is. Finally.
I remember starting inking the first pages back in 2010. The first pages were inked directly from the pencils and then, after 8 or 9 pages I realized how wrong that was. Then I scanned Rodrigo’s pencils and sent every page to a printer in order to have my own duotone copy to ink. At the end I got my own printer to do that at home.
This is a comic based in Santiago 1950, a city that is thrilling with its political situation. El Viudo is a masked vigilante with local roots.
80 pages, 15 x 23 cms B/W.
Created & Written: Gonzalo Oyanedel
Illustrations: Rodrigo Campos / Juan Marquez
Inks: Cristian Docolomansky
Letters: Maycols Alfaro
Cover and interior illustrations: Asfódelo
Publisher; Oscar Salas / Dogitía
Note: I have several copies to sell directly, with a signature and a sketch.
– 7.000 CLP (Chilean Pesos) if you live in Chile (Retail price will be up to 8.000 CLP)
– 13 USD, if you live outside Chile and you pay with foreign currency.
Delivery: We can meet up somewhere in Santiago, but if you live outside or overseas I should make an inquiry for courier services.
Payment Method: Pay Pal. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Send me an email and before payment i’ll send you a quote detailing the mailing costs.
Client pays Fee amount so that the Net amount matches product.
PS: Thinking in selling my original pages… anyone?
here’s the final version of the inked cover. it took lots of patience!
this is Oblivion, a job I’ve been inking since … uf… 2011 I guess. It’s finally coming to an end and this is the WIP for the Back cover. Now, I’m heading to the front cover. Pencils by Chilean new talent @RC_Comics (Rodrigo Campos). © Bad cog Publishings, USA.