Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Boys Are Back...


I have mentioned before on this blog that I created, wrote and illustrated a comic book back in the 1980's-90's called Buce n Gar. At the time the book's sales were on a steady increase all the time, and there was a group out there who even started a fan club. But when the last seven pages of the 100 page story arc I was working on were lost at the printer, and I was offered a new job right out of college, I abandoned the publishing world and went on to have a rather lucrative career in toy design.
About 3-4 years ago, RAK graphics publisher Robert Kraus found the lost pages, and I at last had my complete 100 page Buce n Gar comic back together. And in the interest of finally seeing this large part of my artistic past finally complete, I am now planning to publish this entire, 100 page epic myself. I have cleaned up and re-typeset every page, and recently began work on a brand new cover for the book, (which you see here.) I have also decided to re-design the logo, and go with a new spelling for Buce's name. It will now read: Boose n Gar.
This cover is still in the finishing stages, but will be completed soon. My planned book will be over 150 pages long, and will contain the now complete first saga of Boose n Gar as well as a number of my other early works.
Finally, after all these years.
Stay tuned for further updates...
(Special thanks to my friend and co-worker Dave Fedan for his constant incouragement during the course of creating this new cover. )

13 comments:

Tancredo said...

Man, this looks awesome, can't wait to see it done. What's the media for the coloring? Photoshop? Some parts look a little with colored pencil, is there any PS brush? Grongrats man, killer cover. See ya.

The Raging Gaijin said...

Post a link when this is complete; I'd be down for a purchase!

Tancredo said...

*Man, this looks awesome, can't wait to see it done. What's the media for the coloring? Photoshop? Some parts look a little with colored pencil, is there any PS brush? Congrats man, killer cover. See ya.

James Groman said...

Thanks, guys!
This started with a detailed pencil drawing, scanned and brought into Photoshop. I then colored with a combination of the airbrush tool, as well as the smudge and blur tool. I layer in a multitude of textures, (some found, some made,) but still depend on my pencil drawing showing through to really define my shapes. This piece will end up having over 50-60 layers, so that I can have total control over shadows, highlights, textures and color right up until the end. I may even spend a day or so just adjusting each layer individually until its where I want it to be.
You guys may notice that I have replaced the image with a more up-to-date version of my work in progress since the other day.

Tancredo said...

Yeah buddy, it's getting even better. With the title an all the page elements, will really kick ass. And thanks for the explanation about the coloring.

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