Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Here are a few practice runs to get the angle right, and land this punch. Prisoner of the Mind issue 4 unleashed tomorrow on Comixology. Check it out.

I've got the basic angle done on this action shot. I was thinking about the jacket either moving left or right depending on how you punch. I thought it would go opposite of the action. I'll probably try it both ways.

And one final unrealistic kick pose. It would either knock your teeth out or put on stage as a dancer. It's fun to draw though.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cole character action designs in blue pencil. Trying hard to stay away from the static floating look.

Jump kick, right in the chops. Prisoner of the Mind issue 4 is out on Comixology on Wed. 6-24-15. Check it out!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Here are two more action shots. I'm trying to get the right mood in the one above. Next week P.O.M. issue number 4 is out on Comixology.

In this sketch, I'm really trying to grab the movement and freeze it for a second without making it look stale. It's a very difficult thing to do. If this were a 3D sculpture, you could almost imagine a hook on top of his head, while he's dangling like a Christmas ornament. That's what I am trying to avoid.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

It's on now!

Prepping for the punch. Just a couple more character designs leading up to issue number 4 released next week on Comixology.

Here's Cole with a pensive look on his face. Got a little Jim Lee pose here.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Look, no hands, it's almost like flying. Here's a few more character sketches of Cole, the lead character of Prisoner of the Mind. Issue number 4 is out next week.

Rockettes style!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Here are just a few character sketches leading up to the launch of issue number 4 of Prisoner of the Mind next week. 

Working out movement and fluidity.

Sometimes the clothing can create problems with drawing the body in motion.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Prisoner of the Mind is a great read that’s as entertaining as it is mysterious." More ~ Comic Bastards

Prisoner of the Mind Issue #4 is out on Comixology Wednesday June 24, 2015, so I thought I would go back to the roots of the cover design for this book. Above is the final pen and ink drawing for the cover without paint or text.

Above is the final cover, digitally painted with graphic elements added, including atmosphere, lighting and text. Usually when I am creating a book cover, I go through many stages of design and trial and error. Sometimes the idea starts out on a napkin or scrap of paper and then it's developed into the final piece. In this case, I didn't like the position or expression on Cole's face in the final ink drawing, so I painted it out and started over on the final version. That was all done in Photoshop afterward. The coloring also went through a number of changes. 

Because this book was created as a Graphic Novel in over 300 pages, I  had to separate out all of the chapters, to present it as a comic book series. So, each chapter becomes one comic book. The final story arc will be about 10 books total. That gives me an opportunity to make 10 really unique book covers. With that said, I wanted to vary up the coloring of each one as well. If all the covers are painted the same, it would look boring.

This is the book cover for issue number 3. You can see that I kept my same style of artwork to be consistent with the book, but the color scheme is very different.

Issue #4 release date is confirmed on June 24, 2015. If you haven't had a chance to catch my series yet, you can purchase them digitally on Comixology here.

“Allan Linder tells a dark intriguing tale with a subtle underlying story that comes from a deeper philosophical place than just your average comic book.” … More ~ Outside the Cube

"An inspirational neo-noir Sci-Fi masterpiece graphic novel." ~ Super Robot Mayhem