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Comic Art Terms – Emanata

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Comic Art Terms – Emanata

Comic Art Terms – Emanata
Lines drawn around the head to indicate shock or surprise.

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Comic Book Video Tutorials – How To Draw A Cracked Brick Wall

Comic Book Video Tutorials – How To Draw A Cracked Brick Wall

This video shows you how to draw a cracked brick wall. From the beginning stage to the final shaded piece.

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Comic Art Terms – Lazy Z

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Comic Art Terms – Lazy Z

Comic Art Terms – Lazy Z
Lazy Z is the direction the eye moves when reading a comic. The Z-Pattern layout follows the shape of the letter Z. The eye naturally follows the path of the Z. Readers will start in the top/left, move horizontally to the top/right and then diagonally to the bottom/right before finishing with another horizontal movement to the bottom/right.

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Comic Book Video Tutorials – Drawing a Robot

Comic Book Video Tutorials – Drawing a Robot

Video by artist Jake Parker, showing his approach when drawing a robot. We see his techniques, insights on his influences and see where he received inspiration from

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Comic Art Terms – Energy Effects

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Comic Art Terms – Energy Effects

Comic Art Terms – Energy Effects
Energy Effects is the visual representation of energy from an object or character. This can include energy emissions, explosions, and powers. Some examples of energy effects are the use Kirby Krackle, fire, lasers and lighting.

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Comic Art Terms – Burstlines

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Comic Art Terms – Burstlines

Comic Art Terms – Burstlines
Burstlines similar to speedlines, shows extreme force or action, like an explosion.

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Comic Art Terms – Color-Off Registration

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Comic Art Terms – Color Registration

Comic Art Terms – Color-Off Registration
Color-Off Registration gives the illustration an impression of an old-fashioned comic book. In color printing, registration is the method of correlating overlapping colors on one single image. There are many different styles and types of registration, many of which employ the alignment of specific marks. With Color-Off Registration the overlapping colors are not perfectly aligned.

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Comic Book Video Tutorials – How to Draw Armor

Comic Book Video Tutorials – How to Draw Armor

This tutorial provides some great techniques for creating Armor Designs on a character.

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Comic Art Terms – Artistic License

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Comic Art Terms – Artistic License

Comic Art Terms – Artistic License
Artistic License means an artist is accorded leeway in his or her interpretation of something, and is not held strictly accountable for accuracy. It can be used to denote the distortion of fact, alteration of the conventions made by an artist to improve a piece of art. This can mean the omission of details, or the simplification of shapes and color shades, even to the point that the image is nothing more than a pictogram. It can also mean the addition of non-existing details, or exaggeration of shapes and colors.

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Comic Art Terms – Panel Flow

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Comic Art Terms – Panel Flow

Comic Art Terms – Panel Flow
Panel Flow is the direction that panels are read, usually top to bottom, left to right. It leads the reader’s eye movement to the narrative of the comic.

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Comic Art Reference – Female Hair Styles

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Comic Art Reference – Female Hair Styles

This reference shows a compilation of over 140+ different Female Hair Styles. Each style is showcased on  a quick face gesture drawing. There are example of modern, futuristic and radical hair styles to more traditional.

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Comic Art Terms – Grawlixes

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Comic Art Terms – Grawlixes

Comic Art Terms – Grawlixes
Grawlixes are Typographical symbols standing for profanities, appearing in dialogue balloons in place of actual dialogue.

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30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #7 Noemin, Rogue Daughter of Lilith

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Noemin, Rogue Daughter of Lilith by Ralph Contreras

30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #7 Noemin, Rogue Daughter of Lilith

Character Back Story:
Noemin is unlike any of Lilith’s other daughters, she doesn’t despise the children of Eve. From an early age Noemin found humans and their gadgets very interesting. She immediately understood how these gadgets worked and how to improve on them. She had a talent for creating her own gadgets too. Before long Noemin was creating a variety of mechanical devices for herself and her sisters. Her mother Lilith was not please with these inventions. Lilith saw technology as a perversion of the earths natural resources, this was one of the many reasons she hated Eve’s children. Lilith commanded that all of Noemin’s gadgets be destroys and forbid her from making anymore. Hurt and sad Noemin complied with her mother. It was that day she decided that she would leave her mother and sister to forge her own life and place in the worlds.

Decades later Lilith sends Noemin and her younger sister Sylvia out on a mission to retrieve a mystical object, it will help her find find the decedents of Eve’s first child Adam. They are intercepted by the Archangel Sansenoy who was sent to stop them. Sylvia attacks the Archangel but is defeated very quickly. To quickly for Noemin to believe, Sylvia is her mothers finest warrior. She realizes that they know each other and can see it in their eyes. Their body movements betrays that fact that they share a romantic connection. Instead of letting the fake battle play out Noemin casualty asks how long Sylvia and Sansenoy have been involved.

Sylvia begs her not to tell their mother Lilith. She explains that they have been in love with each other for years. That he has helped her not to hate the children of Eve, but to see their potential. Noemin agrees that their mother can not know any of this. She tells Sylvia that she also doesn’t agree with their mad mothers agenda. And that she is glad to see her sister in love.  Noemin sees this as an opportunity to stop one of her mother deadly plans and to escape from her clutches in the process. They devise a story that they we intercepted by a legion of angels, that mystic the object was taken and that Noemin gave her life to save Sylvia’s.

Noemin now free, explores the world of humans and creates as many of her gadgets as she likes. Unknown to her though in the future she will be pulled into a war between her mothers hatred and the lives of the Children of Eve.  Her inventions will help tip the balance of who wins and who loses.

Behavior Traits:
Rebellious, Adventurous, Creative, Inventive, Resourceful, Strong Willed

Powers / Abilities / Skills:
Technomage (combines magic with technology), Genius Level Intelligence,  Intuitive Inventing, Invulnerability, Flight, Super-Strength

Notes:
Noemin, Rogue Daughter of Lilith is a character set in my comic project First Legacy. It’s a comic/story where Lilith, Adam’s first wife is planning on declaring war on the Children of Eve (mankind). Noemin is the first daughter of Lilith to disagree with her agenda. She will be an inspiration and comrade to Aurora Light one of the main characters in First Legacy.

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Comic Book Video Tutorials – How to Draw Outer Space

Comic Book Video Tutorials – How to Draw Outer Space

This tutorial provides some tips on how to draw space, planets, moons, stars, galaxy, outer space, etc. With a wedge tipped marker and a white gel pen you can easily create the illusion of deep space.

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Comic Art Reference – Anatomy of the Hand

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Comic Art Reference – Anatomy of the Hand

Comic Art Reference – Anatomy of the Hand

This  reference shows the anatomy of the hand with color coded examples. It explains how to use correct proportions in drawing the hand. The difference between a hand drawn looking forced versus drawn naturally. We also see how motion is important in rendering a hand. The reference also shows examples of different types of hand shapes.

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30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #6 Shiphrah, Eldest High Daughter of Lilith

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Shiphrah, Eldest High Daughter of Lilith by Ralph Contreras

30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #6 Shiphrah, Eldest High Daughter of Lilith

Character Back Story:
Shiphrah is one of Lilith’s first daughters, she is one of the Eldest High. The Eldest High are the strongest and most ruthless of Lilith’s warrior daughters.  She was raised from childhood to hate and pity the “Children of Eve” and to rejoice in their destruction. Through out the centuries Shiphrah has battle angels, demons and men for her mother. She has an unquenching desire to see all mankind burn.

Shiphrah has been the leader of an execution squad put forth by her mother to eliminate all decedents of Eve’s child Abel for the past century. She has successfully murdered thousands of potential decedents with no reservations. Only one has escaped her, a child named Chasya Ableson. Shiphrah, her sisters and her brothers have been searching for Chasya for 10 years. Chasya has had help from Cain the Devil Killer evading her and her death squad. Little does Shiphrah know that Chasya and Cain are planning on taking the fight to her and her mother Lilith in the near future.

Behavior Traits:
Violent, Brutal, Leadership, Cunning, Strong Willed, Loyal only to Lilith

Powers / Abilities / Skills:
Invulnerability, Flight, Super-Strength, Swords Master, Hand to Hand Combat, Expert Combat Tactician

Notes:
Shiphrah is a character set in my comic project First Legacy. It’s a comic/story where Lilith, Adam’s first wife is planning on declaring war on the Children of Eve (mankind). With Shiphrah I’m putting a face to the murder of Abel’s Decedents. Other Daughters of Lilith I’ve written back stories for are Rachel and Aurora Light.

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30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #5 Chelsea Webb, Underwater Explorer

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Chelsea Webb by Ralph Contreras

30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #5 Chelsea Webb, Underwater Explorer

Character Back Story:
Chelsea Webb was always fascinated with oceanography. She grew up in the dry deserts of Arizona but always knew she wanted to study the seas. She joined a deep sea exploration fellowship in collage. On their first outing the boat sank and all were lost at sea. It would have been the end of Chelsea’s story if she hadn’t be rescued by a rag tag group of underwater explorers, decedents of Captain Nemo’s crew from the late 1800s. This group calling themselves the Sea Warriors explore and chart the vast oceans fighting injustice where they find it.

As Chelsea heals form her near death experience the crew members of the Sea Warriors tell her stories of their adventures. She decided that she want to join the group, if they’ll have her. The Captain, Gabrielo puts her membership us to a vote to the crew. Not all the Sea Warriors trust her, but she does win membership. Chelsea has been trying to prove to herself and her naysayers every chance she gets. She has excelled in deep water exploration.

Behavior Traits:
Adventurous, Out going, Opinionated, Determined

Powers / Abilities / Skills:
Map Reading, Oceanography, Deep Water Diving

Notes:
With this character I came up with a drawing first and created her back story from her look.

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30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #4 Cain, The Devil Killer

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Cain, The Devil Killer by Ralph Contreras

30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #4 Cain, The Devil Killer

Character Back Story:
The origins of Cain’s beginnings are know to most.  He was Adam and Eves first child, a farmer who love to grow from the land. The first murderer, killing his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy. Banished and marked by god to wonder the world,  cursed to never be able to grow from the land again. He build cities and had children. Some believed he died during the destruction of the city Enoch, but Gods punishment has given Cain a from of immortality. He can not be killed by any man or anything forged by man, this is the power of gods mark on him. Cain has wandered the world since then, trying to find forgiveness for his sin of murdering his brother.

For the last few centuries Cain has fight a war against the worlds spiritual evils. Hoping to find redemption by saving humanity from fallen angels, demons and the treachery of Lilith and her dark children. He is referred to as the Devil Killer and feared among lower level dark entities. Although he has not received any recognition from any heavenly powers. Cain believes that this the key to his redemption.

Cain learned of Lilith’s plan to kill off all the direct decedents of his brother Abel’s family line from the Keeper of the Seal. Cain knows that he must protect and save his brothers decedents. The Keeper gives Cain the Seal to help in his battles against Lilith’s children. The Seal is the “Seal of Solomon”, a powerful ring that gives it’s bearer the ability to control Demons and speak with animals. Cain arrives at every assignation to late, finding only death and destruction at the hands of Lilith’s execution squad. Not willing to give up he finds the home of Abel’s last decedents, and crashes into the middle of the assassination attempt. He sees a young girl about to have her throat sliced and kills her attacker. He than uses the Ring to command any and all demons in the area to grab the other assassins. He takes the young girl,  Chasya Ableson to safety and tells her he’s her long lost uncle Nic.

Cain has been protecting and training Chasya to fight against Lilith’s children for ten years under identity of her Uncle Nic. She doesn’t know that he is really Cain the first murder or about his ring to control demons. Neither he or Chasya  know why Lilith has targeted Abel’s decedents but they are tired of hiding. They’ve decided to take the fight to Lilith herself. In a war to save his brothers family, Cain hopes to find redemption for the murder of his brother Abel.

Behavior Traits:
Guilty, Remorseful, Creative, Strategist, Agriculture, Architect

Powers / Abilities / Skills:
Advanced hand to hand combat, Swordsmanship, Marksmanship,  Occult, Partially Immortal, Invulnerability to human weapons
Seal of Solomon (Ring): Demon control, Ability to talk to animals.

Notes:
I thought it would be fun to put Cain in the anti-hero position.  He’s the first murder, but he’s trying to redeem himself. I also like making him a Devil killer, with a mystic ring that allow him to control lower level demons. In my first year during the 30 Character Challenge I created Andrew the Keep of the Seal. He was always intended to be used in a horror type comic series. In this new story he passes the ring over to Cain.

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30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #3 Chasya Ableson

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Chasya Ableson by Ralph Contreras

30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #3 Chasya Ableson

Character Back Story:
Chasya had an average American childhood, She watched TV, hang out with her friends and had two loving parents. That all drastically changed one deadly and horrific night. The family had just finished celebrating Chasyas 14th birthday, returning home from they family birthday dinner. Waiting for them in their home was an execution squad. Daughters of Lilith and their demon brothers given orders to kill the entire family. Chasya watched in horror as they eviscerated both her parents before her eyes. With a sword at her throat and only moments to live the front window of her home exploded with a wild man breaking though. He sliced the assassin with a blade to her neck in half. The room then became dark and the shadows on the walls began to grab the  execution squad. This wild man then grabbed Chasya and carried her away form the danger.  He explained that he was her long lost uncle “Nic” and those creatures were killing everyone in their family.

Chasya eventually learned the truth about of her family. That she was a direct decedent of Able, Adam and Eve’s second son. She is now the last decedent of Abel, Lilith’s daughters have murdered all the others in Abels direct lineage. She was taken in by her Uncle Nic and has been trained to survive and fight against Lilith’s Daughters. It’s been 10 years since her family was murdered. Chasya and Nic don’t know why Lilith has targeted them, how it is part of grand her plan or if it’s just part of her hatred for the children of Eve. They’ve decided to take the fight to her though armed with mystical weapons. They will find new allies, enemies, and secrets on their quest for their families survival against Lilith and her dark children.

Behavior Traits:
Angry, Short Tempered, Determined, Resourceful

Powers / Abilities / Skills:
Advanced hand to hand combat, Swordsmanship, Marksmanship, Acrobatics, Demolitions, Occult

Notes:
I’ve been working on a story/script for a comic called First Legacy. Where Lilith, Adams first wife hates the Children of Eve, basically all of humanity. All the characters are Demons, Angels, Demgods, ect. I wanted to add a more human aspect to the story. So why not have some of the children of Eve actually take the fight to Lilith? That’s where I came up with Abel last decedent, Chasya Ableson and her uncle “Nic”…Spoiler Nic’s not his real name.

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30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #2 Wondering Executioner

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Wondering Executioner by Ralph Contreras

30 Characters Challenge 2013 – #2 Wondering Executioner

Character Back Story:
The Wondering Executioner is shadowed in mystery. A figure that most don’t believe in. Stories of a this dark man have appeared in ancient texts and stories for thousands of year. He has been seen in all major battles and wars throughout history, folklore and legends. The story is always the same. When the battle nears it’s end The Wondering Executioner appears fighting anyone that challenges him. He them finds the cowards or traitors of both sides and begins to execute them. Slicing them in half with his giant sized sword named Judgement. He yells the same sentence with every kill “You have been found guilty”. It is believe he might be a fallen angel punishing mankind for his own sin of betraying his god. It is also believed that he is not one man but many, that the Wondering Executioner persona is part of a secret order of warrior judges. No matter his origin, do not betray your comrades in arms or you may be judged by his Execution Sword.

Behavior Traits:
Judge, Jury, Executioner

Powers / Abilities / Skills:
Swordsmanship, Field Battle Experience, Immortal (perhaps), Super Strength, Invulnerability

Notes:
I like the idea of creating a figure that we don’t really know his origin. Is he one man of one in a lineage. I can see this character working in stand alone stories or being referenced in back story. I think I may eventually add him to my upcoming comic project “First Legacy”