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#1 van

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 09:58 PM

Okay!  I've decided I'm definitely going to go ahead with the comic, though it will be a very long process due to other commitments.  That said, it's a go!

This is the first character I've designed for the story.  He's not the main character, but I can already tell he'll be my favourite.  ;)  He's probably going to be the best friend of the main guy (the main guy being the one who buys the 240Z).  He's a smartarse, opinionated, biased, and likes to stir the main character up. 

He doesn't have a name yet.

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Stay tuned for more character art, and maybe another drawing of the S30Z!

UPDATE:

Here's the main character.  His name is Alex, and he's now got quite a lengthy backstory.  So he's going to be good fun to write and draw. 

Anyway, this needs some cleaning up, quite a lot of shaky lines on the car.  And colouring needs to be done, of course!

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Photo reference:

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Yes, that's Ben Affleck.  Hey, you use what you can get, alright?  ;)

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UPDATE:  9th Nov 06

The number plate isn't permanent, I want you guys to come up with something clever (and inoffensive non-bogan of course, so nothing like "RACEME or CUL8R or NVMYZ) ;) 

I just wanted something to fill the plate for now :)

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UPDATE: 17th Nov 06

Okay!  Here are some more sketches, and these ones are likely to make up the cover for either the first or second issue (second issue?  Sheesh, I hope I make it that far! Heh). 

The first sketch is our hero, Alex, sitting in his Demon Z (absolutely a nod to the Devil Z of Wangan Midnight ;)). 

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The next sketch is the bad guy, with one of his slags clinging to him.  I haven't got a name for him yet, and he's not technically a "bad" guy.  You see, Alex and he were racing one night about 5 years back - before Alex got the Demon Z - and the bad guy had his younger sister in the passenger seat of his car.  Something happened to Alex's car, causing him to collide with the bad guy's car.  The bad guy's car went careening into a power pole after a couple of spins, and his sister wound up dead.  The bad guy has sworn vengeance, and in the 5 years since that night, he's become quite the rough nut. 

Anyway, that's the idea at this point.

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So these two sketches will be combined into one piece, with the comic's logo mixed in somewhere too. 

I hope y'all dig it!


UPDATE: 18th Nov 06

Okay, some test colours for the bad guy.

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I used Pantone markers for this, which are an alcohol-based professional quality set of markers, and they're quite expensive.  Think AU$60 for a box of 6!  We've got 5 boxes so far, heh. 

Alas, I don't yet have as many colours as I'd like, and the guy's hair turned out a bit orange.  He'll have darker brown hair in the comic, but maybe blonde.  Not sure yet. 

Anyway, I hope you dig it!  The final colours in the actual cover will be much nicer, I hope.  This is all practice.  :)

EDIT: 8th June 2007

Here's a progress shot from a different scene, using a photo of Sulio's Z as the model (thanks to Sulio for mailing me a bucketload of photos on disc!). 

I've decided to use Photoshop rather than Manga Studio.  I'll probably still use Manga Studio for doing textures and speed-lines and such (those familiar with manga comics will know what I mean), but the actual sketching and inking will be done 100% in Photoshop. 

I'm hoping to use no paper at all!  Gotta love having a drawing tablet, haha.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:00 PM

dude, this is plain awesome.
keep up the good work and if there is anything you might need, let us know, im sure people on the forum will be more than glad to help.
cheers, Vlad

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:12 PM

Thanks man!

Since I intend to trace all instances of the car, I might have you to get some of you together at some point so I can take photos from hundreds of different angles hehe.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:16 PM

Van, obviously your drawing talent is just great but how do you get the colors in your comics? Man you could be doing this as a proffesion!???

PM me if you want to organise a car for photos, I'll try and get a few together.

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I'll talk to Gav so we can incorporate the comic series into the first page. Have you thought of a name fo rthe series yet?

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:29 PM

im hoping to have the car in Melbourne within next 2 weeks, so once its here, any weekend would be good. just let me know.
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:33 PM

Haha, thanks Sulio. The colouring is done in Photoshop, and while the process is technically identical to the process used in the comic book industry, trust me when I say my skill isn't anywhere near theirs yet! I'll get there eventually though, I think. :)

Yours would actually be pretty close to the ideal car for more photo posing, because you've got the bolt-on flared guards that Austin Hoke's got. Only major difference is that he has RS Watanabe Type Rs, but I'm sure I can work out a solution for that.

Haven't thought of a name yet! I was thinking about posting a thread here and over at JDM Style Tuning (my "home" forum, haha) asking for suggestions on a name.

Thanks for the offer to include it on the front page too, that'd be rad!

Edit: Thanks Vlad!

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 01:14 PM

Updated the first post with new art and info :)

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:24 PM

Oh shit!

I Was Just searching Around the net and came across this nice bit of info:

11-7-06 (4:58AM EDT)---- Wangan Midnight Anime To Debut Spring 2007
Based on the long running street racing manga series created by Michiharu Kusunoki, a decision has finally been made to adapt Wangan Midnight to animation. Look for the project to manifest in consumable form sometime next spring in Japan. The announcement came in last week's edition of Kodansha's Young Magazine where the manga has serialized since 1993. No details on the project were mentioned besides the the sole expression of intent to commence with the animation. 36 collected manga volumes now exist on the market. A number of related video games have been created in the past which have featured in-game anime sequences. Developer Genki is now working on a new PS3 version game for release in 2007. Additionally in 1994, 1997 and 2000 a series of live action Wangan Midnight movies were produced based on the manga storyline. Similar to Initial D, the hero, Akio, races a Japanese classic sportscar, the Fairlady Z (S30). Unlike Initial D's Touge hillside drift racing focus, Wangan Midnight concentrates on Shutoko "Expressway" racing along the actual long Wangan (Bayside) stretch of highway between Tokyo and Yokohama. Real street racing occurs along this stretch virtually every weekend and down the long straight a high horsepower and properly geared car capable of over 200mph is required to even begin to compete with top dogs.

source- http://www.animenewsservice.com/


Man. It was okay when it was nothing more than a Japanese manga with no translated equivalent here in the west, but if they're going to make an anime, it's going to become a huge property. I'm gonna have to change the story of my comic! I'll keep using the Z, but I guess I'm gonna have to move any particularly obvious references to Wangan Midnight :(

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:25 PM

Interesting.

Cool, how many characters are you planning on having in the introductory comic?

Just had a thought you should also post these in your gallery on this site!

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:38 PM

Looking AWESOME VAN! :D

Just one request tho - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T make the character's 'Emo'... :?

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:52 PM

Sulio: Not sure yet! Probably only 4 or 5 regular characters, with various supporting members here and there. Tough to say until I get further along in the writing :)

Re. the gallery, I might do that! I've got quite a lot of webspace myself, but there's no harm in adding it here too.

Lurch: Hahaha! They'll be trendy and fashionable, but they won't be emo. :)

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:17 PM

pardon my ignorance but what is EMO?
cheers, Vlad

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:25 PM

Wikipedia knows all ;)

http://en.wikipedia....iki/Emo_(slang)

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 05:41 PM

Lurch: Hahaha! They'll be trendy and fashionable, but they won't be emo. :)


Thank goodness!!!! :lol:

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 12:18 AM

I love the sketches man, please continue :D
I have always loved comics and we now have one with a Zed and in English omg I am so excited :D
Great work man!!! Keep it up!!!

PS did you copy the main character from my photo?

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:28 AM

Haha, thanks for the compliments man. As for the main dude, I've never seen you! It's just a random guy with cropped hair. :)

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 05:59 PM

Updated the first post in this thread with new art. :)

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:23 PM

UPDATE: 9th Nov 06

The number plate isn't permanent, I want you guys to come up with something clever (and inoffensive non-bogan of course, so nothing like "RACEME or CUL8R or NVMYZ) ;)

I just wanted something to fill the plate for now :)


non-bogan ey? how about the plates that used to be on my car: "KW 11 CK". haha, no offence to matt who owns the plates and i bought the car off if he ever reads this but they're not my favourite. They're a bit cool, i'll give 'em that, but i think i just prefer standard plates.
as for plates for the comic, no idea. maybe "SICK-RE"

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:26 PM

Hahaha, nah I'm not a fan of plates like that - either of them. Maybe I'll just go with something simple like S30Z... *shrug*

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 06:44 PM

yeah thats nice and simple. by the way van, if you ever want to chuck a little 280sex into your comics and you need photoness to trace or however you work your magic, then i can help you out.
on a side note: do you guys think the VIC number plate 280sex would be taken? id look like the biggest wanker, but dangit, if i had some funk blasting out of the stock cassette deck, who cares right?




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