Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Comic Art Process

I've been so busy with freelance work for the last couple of months, that I haven't even been able to get around to doing any of my own personal art for some time. So this weekend I just had to get back to drawing my own characters for a change. It's actually quite amazing how re-energizing it is to draw freely, without any expectations looming over your head.
Not surprising, I turned my attention back to an old project of mine, and to one of my favorite old characters, Mellee.
I figured I'd share my own Deon de Lange comic illustration process here for you guys who are interested.
Feel free to share your views and comments as I go along...


Okay, this is all done digitally with my trusty large Wacom tablet that hardly fits on my desk. Blue pencils are just a personal choice that makes the inking easier later on. My initial focus was just Mellee, and those of you who have noticed her floating around my portfolio, may see that I've updated her outfit a little bit. I always try and tell a story in images like this, and the best way I find to do that is to add another characters for the the main character to react to.


Foreground done, so I add a background that says something about the setting and adds to the story.

The blue lines make the inking, which is done on a separate layer, easy to differentiate from the pencils. Even here in the inking stage, I don't mind making adjustments to the image after some comments from my friends over at

And the inking is done for now. I have pushed the background characters back by lightening the inks so that the main characters pop. Next time... colours.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Free Steampunk Mask

My good old friend, Sub-Toymaster, had the most awesome 30th birthday party this weekend at Unit 11.
A couple of us artists were there, drawing away as the Masked Mystery party went on around us.
Of course I went and made life hard for myself and decided to turn my skateboard (or in this case a piece of board cut to the shape of a skateboard) into a comic page. I ran out of time, so I only ended up doing two out of four planned panels, but I think it turned out ok.
Live performance art is not really my thing, but I had a blast! Thanks to Paul, Unit 11 and all the other artists who were there, even though I didn't get to chat much it was fun and everyone's boards looked awesome!

I decided to go with my Victorian obsession and make myself a comic style steampunk mask - and here it is for you enjoyment - just click on the image above, download it, print it out, stick it on some cardboard and suit-up Victorian style!

Happy birthday, Sub!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Live Art at the Unit 11 Mystery Masked Party

If you guys are in Durban on Saturday 16th, come join me and some friends at Unit 11 for a chillaxed evening where everything from the live art, the bands and even the guests in attendance is a mystery!
I will be there with some mates doing some live illustration, so come support us, cheer us on or boo us if we suck!
For more details, go here!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Lane and Russell website is up

The official movie website for The Everyday Adventures of Lane and Russell is now live.
My good friend Paul Oxborrow did the graphic design and Jarred Lunt did the website.
This is really exciting because I have been biting my lip to be able to show you guys more awesome images from this production by director Jason Stogsdill. And now I can!
The posters are so awesome, and they show off the great lengths that Jason has gone to to ensure a very high standard of excellence for this film. I want a T-shirt!
Go over to and check out some cool download-able posters and backgrounds. You can also go over to their Facebook page or follow on Twitter for updates and cool behind the scenes looks.
Hopefully I can share some of the storyboards I did for this film soon, but in the meantime you can view some of the concept art that I did in my gallery.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sketchbook Doodles

And...go! This is me, just starting a new sketchbook. A real one. A new sketchbook all about comic art.
So this is the first page. I've been talking to a writer about doing a comic about a little girl, so naturally, as I started doodling with that blue pencil, a girl appeared on the page. In this case a girl that is way too old for this project, but that's ok, I'll get around to drawing younger kids later. It's surprisingly difficult to draw kids when you're not used to it. One thing is true for me, though... I don't draw pretty girls. It's not that I can't, it's just .. every single girl or chick in a comic book seems to be the hottest supermodel chick you're ever seen. Which is nice and all, but I guess I'm more of a Katsuhiro Otomo kind of guy: I draw the girl next door, not super models.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Skateboard Statue Commission

My latest sculpt was commissioned by a colleague: A skateboarder in mid action. This figure is scaled at 1:8 and the full statue stands about 30cm tall.