The Chronicles of Deva: Allen Lawrence

Here’s some more character art from Susan Ruth‘s ‘Chronicles of Deva‘ series of novels.

This is Doctor Allen Lawrence. He’s a nice fellow and he tries to help out the people he knows. And the people he doesn’t know too. A charitable sort, you might think he goes back home to his wife, kids, pipe and slippers and a roaring fire of an evening, but… The poor guy’s got an empty nest. His wife and child went missing in the civil war that tore through the British Isles in the ‘Deva story.

Here’s some character development, right from scratch:

The series has an alternate 1920’s setting, but it’s possible they guy’s design comes from a slightly more Victorian angle…

He’s becoming a bit more ruddy and rounded-out here…

Rough for the character portrait above, in which the artist plays with visual signifiers. Again. Give it a go sometime kids, it’s fun.

And that was then worked up into this rough , which the final pencils were worked from (after it was enlarged and printed out at A3 size and slapped on a lightbox).

Ink linework. drawn with a dip-pen for old-timey goodness.

And then if you thought that was restrained, here’s several palette-loads of black and ¬†grey watercolour paint to pull it into more of a composition.

I did computer colouring for this series over the organic textures already in the watercolouring. The photoshop colours for this one are pretty simple:

Yeah, he looks like someone’s half-finished Andy Pandy or something. Check those cheeks out.

And here’s the finished thing again:

Looking back on this, I really should have done something a bit different with the steps…

Anyway, as an aside… Ah, updating the ol’ blog… How hard can it be? Hmm, quite hard, if my entry tally of late is anything to go by. Apologies, readers. I’m writing this over an-already-existant draft from… Well, I don’t even wanna say how long ago, because it’s a bit embarrassing. Is blogging still the Hot New Thing..? Not really. Do I still have a soft spot for it? Yes. Does being a dad (wee Seb’s two now) and a person with a mortgage (the place still isn’t fully painted yet) get in the way of updates..? They can do.
I’m just trying to throw another update out before the end of the year, so at least it’s not going to be a Christmas card update year with nothing else to show for it.

Behind the scenes: final graphic novel scripts are being slowly written and mini comics are planned out (two keep both ends of the size-of-job spectrum covered, just need to have more content for the ol’ infinite scroll of content providers that is the internet. Or do they just call it ‘your phone’ now..? ‘Devices’ seems to be a parlance. Hope your devices are happy. I have more things to show and more work in progresses to throw out there.

 

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