Here is a late night drawing of a page in my graphic novel. I’m using Adobe Illustrator for the inking and then when I’m finish the next job will be coloring in Photoshop! My goal is to complete 2-3 pages a day.
Alright fellow readers, I will be showing you the main villains in Xavian in this next post. This the leader of the alien race known as the Ophiosisens.
The concept behind making this villain was trying to find an insect that looks like an alien and very intimidating at the same time. I searched the internet for alien-like insect and stumbled upon a praying mantis. I was overjoyed at my discovery but I wanted to look further into the praying mantis family to see if I can find a different looking mantis and I came across the devils flower mantis. I kept majority of its facial features but put an artist twist that could make the creature seem like a leader and alien
For his body I decided not to put legs on the leader, but instead I drew him with round-like tentacles that would make him unique. For his chest area I drew him with a plate-like structure to be able to take physical hits with ease. When the Ophiosisen Leader opens his chest he can reproduce more Ophiosisen and use them for protection in battle. His arms are able to extend and mold into different shapes, but the leader likes to form a sword out of his arms for his finishing move. His special ability is the ability to enter into his foes mind, wipe their memories clean, and control their bodily function, but this leaves him vulnerable to surprise attacks which is why he likes to battle with a small unit. What gives the Ophiosisen Leader the power to control his foes comes from the red dot that is on his head, all the Ophiosisen have a dot similar to his own, which means all Ophiosisen are connected to him. The Leader can connect and talk to all Ophiosisens if need be and or control any particular Ophiosisen even if they are far away from him.
Alright guys I’m showing you the finished line art of Xavian that will eventually be on Cover Art. I’m also going to be showing you my process behind the Line Art for the Cover so without further ado I present the Line Art.
One night I was thinking about how can I come up with a Cover Art that would stand out from any other Cover Art. While this gave me the motivation I needed to create a Cover Art for my story I was trying too hard to make this detailed artwork that I got too frustrated with myself and I gave up for about 4 hours. Right when I was about to call it a night I looked down at the piece of paper where I was struggling to make my cover art four hours earlier I noticed four ovals that were left on the page and then it started to click. I was able to finish this cover piece within two hours.
When I was satisfied with results proceeded to clean up all the smudges, grey areas, the paper texture, and any other incorrect lines. Considering I love to use Photoshop for the coloring of my artwork I’m not as worried if I make a mistake on the lines because I can just erase them later, but I don’t want to get too lazy and have myself work harder for no reason. When I finished cleaning up all the errors, I saved the line art for reference when I start to colorize it on Photoshop. I will be releasing the Color Version of the Cover Art later on next week so you can see the finish result of the line art. I am thinking about doing a Photoshop tutorial about how to clean up rough sketches that are scanned. Let me know what you guys think.
This is the spacedock that is orbiting Xavian’s planet. The concept behind this panel is to make a strong point to show my readers where the story will be taking place throughout the first chapter of Xavian. I want to make this panel very detailed because this is the first scene for this story so I want to start on a good note to keep the readers wanting to read more. The story takes place in space and in the distant future so I thought of some ideas that would blend those two elements. So I looked online for sci-fi themes and I came across a Star Trek space dock and that’s where I got the inspiration to make the space dock for Xavian.
The first image is the finished Line Art
What’s up viewers, if you’re viewing this post then you have stumbled upon the official blog for my upcoming graphic novel Xavian. If you like stories where the villain wins and alien takeovers then you come to the right place. For my story I decided to stay away from the cliche of an alien race invading a planet and the native planet finding a way to defeat them. Instead I created my story where the species on native planet make contact with an alien race and the alien race takes over the planet and create an empire. Xavian’s story is very dark, it’s catered for more mature audience with its war-like features and blood and gore elements. For this graphic novel I will showcase my artistic abilities with the background scenes, facial details, blood and gore elements and digital coloring. I will be using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Manga Studio for this graphic novel. I am an amateur comic artist and a college student. You’ll notice that my drawings will get more details the more I draw the story out. I’m still learning more about being a comic book artist so you’ll see my drawings develop as I continue to write Xavian.