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eliseu gouveia
07 July 2004, 04:04 AM
Hi, there!

Whoa, it sure has been a long time since I´ve last posted something in here.

Exhaustion wouldn´t characterise my emotions fairly enough right now.
I´m completely dried up inside after this insane 3 years-long marathon.

The INFINITEENS, the superhero comic book project I started way, way, way back in the summer of 2001 (at the time tentativelly entitled Little People) is finally finished.......... and me with it.
I figure it´ll take me at least a week to get them creative engines repaired and restarted.

Eight chapters, 198 pages of blood, sweat and tears, from script to pencils, inks, colors and ´lettering´- if you can call that lettering- have finally been produced.
Yes, produced.
Not completed.
Because if there´s one constant in the universe, it´s the dissatisfaction all artists have toward their work.

As I read the printed pages (and especially the first chapters), I can identify at least two zillion things in desperate need of some serious tweaking, fine-tuning and, if all else fails, annihilation...…….... once my inner spark is back online, that is.
For now, I feel like celebrating.
Telling the adventures of Nadia, Luther, Beverly and Julian drained me but also pulled me into the story to a point where I started relating to these kids almost as if they were real people…. Which is a sign that either I´m way overdue for my medication or it´s time to consider undertaking another project.
Either way, it´s great to be back among the living.

I´ve missed the sun.

07 July 2004, 01:11 AM
I cannot believe that no one else has responded to your posting, eliseu. What a tremendous labour of love you have completed. Congratulations and all my best on further success.

Any for those interested:

Good job and good luck!

07 July 2004, 01:31 PM
Congratulations! Wish you much success.

eliseu gouveia
07 July 2004, 08:10 PM
Thank you, Zukum.

Thank you, Navel.

I´m really glad you´ve liked it (and thanks for the linking :) ), creating this series sure was one hell of a ride.

07 July 2004, 12:34 AM
This looks wonderful! Welcome back to the "world away from the studio", and enjoy the sunshine while you may. Best wishes towards getting this published.

eliseu gouveia
07 July 2004, 04:22 PM
Thanks, Keight. :)

Someone asked me how I did this, so I´ve cooked up a lil´tut on my M.O. (woo-hoo me :) in case anyone wanna take a looksee; of course, since I´m not exactly the ultimate authority in all things digital colouring, I´m always opened to new methods, tips and tricks. .)

Introducing the Infiniteens cover according to Eliseu "Zeu" Gouveia
1. Lineart- I scan an inked page into my computer, clean it up and fix mistakes here and there with my trusty Photoshop 5.5.Since the Infiniteens was such a daunting task(198 pages, whew!), I had to make compromises in order to preserve my, stamina and one of them was the inking. No cross-hatching, no shading, just clean lines a la Tintin. Actually, many pages of The Infiniteens weren´t inked on paper, but I rather scanned the rough pencilled breakdowns and then digitally inked them in Photoshop using the pencil tool and my Wacom tablet Volito.

2. Flats- At my top speed I was flattening and "letering" 4 pages a day. As the name says, flattening is basically selecting key areas in the page and applying a flat colour on it; skin is salmon, Luther´s glasses are green, Nadia´s hair is dark grey, etc, etc. It´s a very simple process.
(Note that Luther is bald here; you can thank Lazy Me for that, he figured that since the forcefield would cover most of his head, why bother?
On a last note, flats are usually dark so artists can work from dark to light, much like an oil painting but I chose to leave all my flats brighter; no reason, It´s Just Another ´Me´ Thing.

3. Colouring- This is the fun (and hard) part; after selecting the key areas I want to colour with the magic wand ( I usually paste this selection on a new layer set to preserve transparency and work on that one) I use Photoshop 5.5´s regular airbrush tool set to 40%-60% hardness to start shading the different areas. (the overwhelming majority of digital artists seems to prefer the paintbrush tool, but what can I say, [Rex Harrison]I grew attached to this one[/Rex Harrison]).

. SFX- A new layer (sometimes 3 or 4 at the same time) is created to handle the SFX like Twinblast´s sparks, Dreadnought´s forcefield, pupils´highlights and other such things like dust, etc, etc.

5- Round´em up, boyz- Throughout the work, the layers are continuously hidden and revealed, according to how messy the result is: I sometimes prefer to hide all layers but the lineart layer and the one I´m working at, but you´ve guessed it, I.J.A.M.T.

6. Check it out- Checking for mistakes is done thousandfold throughout the process,
but nothing beats that last shock when it´s finished and the mistakes pop up all of a sudden
like these colossal, monstruous zits. You pray that nobody will notice them and then it´s time for......
7. Shave the Paige?- If you haven´t saved your work at least 324 times during the coloring, then you deserve to have your computer hit by a power surge.
Nevertheless, that last "It LIVES!!" save always feels like a national Event, doesn´t it?
I save it as a PSD document to preserve the layers information since you wouldn´t believe how easier it makes further down the road when time comes to correct things (and there are ALWAYS things to be corrected). Now of course 198 PSD files take a LOAD of space in your hardrive 817Gb), so make sure that your silicon servant can tackle these demands. And backups, loads and loads of burnt CDs and DVDs stashed here, there and everywhere, just in case.
Hope you´ve like it, whaddya know, my very first internet Tut.
This calls for a cigarette. ;)

07 July 2004, 06:22 PM
true marvel-comics-style, looks cool.. the lightning-fx really added some depth

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