Thursday, May 25, 2006

KOTOR #1, pg 9 redo

This is what we finally ended up with-- a nice big fat shot of the 5 Masters. Notice that Lucien is the only one with a blue saber. The other 4 are Consulars and it was explained to me that they have green sabers. Anyhow, its a much tighter show than the the original page and puts us directly behind Zayne's head-- Hopefully this will have amped up the tension a little and give us a feel of what it's like to have a lightsaber at our necks :)

Also, you'll see that in panel 2 I pull the camera out a little bit and now we can see everyone that needs to be seen. It actually would have made a nice double page spread, and it would have been easy to show all 5 Masters and all 5 Padawans and nice widescreen style shot-- oh well, live and learn.


Anonymous Renophaston said...

I've been meaning to thank you here for posting these things, but I keep putting it off until I have something interesting to say. That's never going to happen, so I just want to mention now how cool it is to see the pencils and works-in-progress here. It gives the book another layer of personality, which makes it more fun to read (not that it needs it!). I'm continually blown away by your art and how it seems to get even better every issue. At the risk of sinking even lower into complete ass-kissery, I'll suggest that the Star Wars universe is made significantly better having you bring it to life. *reverts back to lurker mode*

11:09 AM  
Blogger Feenomite said...

I love the behind scenes stuff as well...
Is it frustrating to have completely finished a page only to have to redraw the whole thing using a different take?

5:42 PM  
Blogger BrianChing said...

hi reno,

thanks so much for what you said-- it's always extremely cool to hear from people who actually like my work :) I know what you mean about the pressure to say something interesting, it happens to me all the time. I remember going up to Adam Hughes's table at a convention to say how much I admired his work. All I did was buy his sketchbook and say, "thanks." That was it, I chickened out. But please know that it's very much appreciated that you say anything. I'm also glad with how well KOTOR has been received-- it helps make the long hours even more worth it. Stop by again sometime.


11:21 PM  
Blogger BrianChing said...


It was frustrating at the time, because each page that is drawn is a lot of time spent. But inside I knew it needed to be changed. Now, looking back on it, I'm glad I was pretty objective about it because I think it does make the book better.


11:23 PM  
Blogger Feenomite said...

I would have to agree that the redone version is a much more powerful approach.
How long does it take you to finish a page for kotor?
I would have to imagine that having to make it printable from the pencils makes it much more time consuming.
Thanks again for all your answers and insights.


10:09 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Brian, are you going to be illustrating the KOTOR comics anymore? I was enjoying your work a lot and I was disappointed to see a totally different artist and style in issue #5....I liked the double page spreads the new author did, but the characters, they're just not the same! Seriously, they look different...


3:51 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Ah, I just saw on John Jackson Miller's website that he mentioned it was a guest artist on number five for scheduling reasons. In that case, I'll be looking forward to your return, and keep up the good work! :)


3:57 AM  
Blogger BrianChing said...

Hey Evan,

Thanks for asking, trust me I hated giving up #5 but it was something we had to do to stay on schedule. In the end it gave me more time on #6 and that issue really rocks! I'm going to be the regular artist on KOTOR as long as Dark Horse will have me :) Unfortunately, I'm just not fast enough to do 12 issues a year, I wish I were but it's extremely time consuming to draw the way that I do. I'm going to be doing about 8-9 issues a year and we have a regular fill-in artist named Dustin Weaver ( his pages are killer!) who will be handling the rest.

Thanks again, and I can't wait for you guys to see the next issue.


10:17 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Sounds great! Can't wait for KOTOR #6!

By the way, I think it's really cool that I can go and have conversations with the artist who illustrates some of my favorite comics! Thanks for participating in the online community!


4:47 PM  

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