A raging work-in-progress panel of Corbie - one angry bird! I've still got some work to do on the draft pages before I can move on to the finalized pencil art. Fortunately the remaining pages in this issue take place indoors and don't require me to lovingly render any more woodland areas or grassy fields...
Original version of a panel from "Corbie" issue 1 versus the new art. All of the main cast is being redrawn to be more on-model, the early pages are getting recoloured, and a new cover and bonus material is being added.
I really wasn't sure about this project as it requires so much time that could be spent working on new content, but now I'm back on-board. I'm enjoying getting to fix some of the really glaring panels from the early pages that always bugged me!
A small teaser of the full Art Nouveau / Alphonse Mucha style cover for the expanded and remastered version of Corbie issue 1. I'm gradually going through the first issue of CMC and making changes for a future release that you'll be able to own in both digital and print formats. Be sure to follow the various Corbie accounts across IG, YouTube and Twitch to watch it all take shape on the livestreams! 👩⚔🔮🌃
This #art was originally created for World #Introvert Day, but only now did I get around to producing this giant-sized poster. A hi-res digital version has now been made available to all donors on Ko-Fi for anyone who'd like to create their own print versions at any size. Further goodies will also be made available to those who contribute, so stay tuned!
Next livestream is today at 4pm UK time (12pm EDT / 8am PDT). Work continues on converting and cleaning up the pencil art for issue 3 of Corbie. It turns out that the over-detailed pages actually need less attention than the simple ones! Why? I'll explain in today's session. Expect a very casual stream today, I'm just chillin' and drawin' on my way to the finish line.
The deed is done.
The last page of rough pencils for Corbie issue 3 was finished late last night. Overall I'm pretty happy with the way it's shaping up. There are a few things I'd like to go back and change, but there's still plenty of scope for making tweaks before this project is done.
Work on the clean pencil art starts today!
I've been working on the rough art for Corbie issue 3 for a few weeks now, and the finish line is almost in sight. Another couple of pages remaining, then it's on to the next step in the production process.
Some of my favourite panels to draw are the ones with Corbie in action or flying around, as well as anything where characters break through the boundaries of the comic panels. Happily, these last few pages check all these boxes.
I was feeling blue last night and struggling to push through with pencilling the next page of the comic, so I decided to switch things up and create some new chalkboard art instead.
Some days I grapple with self-doubt, but I always believe in Corbie, and that having a superhero for introverts / HSPs to identify with is a good "caws". If you'd like to help support it, you can donate to the CMC Ko-Fi at https://ko-fi.com/corbie
Found this pen doodle of Corinne from... I'm gonna say about 2012... while rummaging around in my desk drawer.
Not super different to how she looks today. The most notable change is that she used to have braided strands of hair above her temples that met up around the back of her head. That element didn't last long as her design was cleaned up / simplified for comics.
February 7th is Corinne's birthday! (She's still 16, thanks to floating timeline magic). To celebrate, here's some new art from just prior to the events of issue one. Fortunately for us, she didn't take the hint, or "Corinne Morgan, Corbie" would have been a short-lived comic. #readcmc #webcomics #mastoart #art #comics
*** A mini-thread on fixing up dud comic panels ***
Sometimes it's not until you've had some distance between drawing a comic and re-reading it that you spot issues. In the case of Corbie issue 1 it took so long to draw that it was almost a completely different animal by the time I got to the last page.
Back view of Corbie's character design from pre-issue 1. When everyone received updated model sheets prior to issue 2, only a few minor tweaks were made compared to what you see here, most notably that the "backpack" element of the armor was switched from blue to red. #comics #readcmc #mastoart #comicbooks #art
A glimpse into what goes into the creation of a single panel of Corbie! Or at least, what did - things have changed a bit since this art for page 1 of the first issue was drawn.
Thumbnail stage came first - it was just a very crude pencil doodle to figure out how elements would flow on the page. Finished pencils are also shown here, alongside a redrawn panel that was never used. Finally, a digitally inked version of the panel was drawn in Clip Studio Paint and coloured.
Comparison of the scrappy pen sketch that was the first ever illustration of Corbie with how the character looks today.
It doesn't feel fair to compare a scrappy pen doodle to the finished product, but I do find it interesting to look back and see how certain elements of the armour were retained or modified while other aspects were dropped, like the face mask.
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