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~ Sunday, April 7 ~
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13 days away #Bostoncomiccon, swing by the table and pick up a third printing of forever winter 

Drawn and inked by Joel but Jacob “Kansas” rhodes made the sweet sweet colors 

13 days away #Bostoncomiccon, swing by the table and pick up a third printing of forever winter 

Drawn and inked by Joel but Jacob “Kansas” rhodes made the sweet sweet colors 

Tags: Forever winter James Boston
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~ Friday, November 30 ~
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So, this is another prime example of being in love with the concept, and not executing properly. I was kicking this particular pose/idea around for at least 3 weeks! This is as near as I could get it. It started off as a full body shot, and after trying to figure out how to make his legs look somewhat believable, I just went to this mid range shot instead, pose is still wonky though.
In case you’re wondering, this is indeed James. The idea would be he’s mortally wounded and wondering off into the darkness, the victor in some ruthless battle, but I don’t think it comes across as well. Perhaps someday I’ll try to get James right. BTW, I really like Jesse’s James, no pun(?) intended. Up and Atom!
-Jazzy Club

So, this is another prime example of being in love with the concept, and not executing properly. I was kicking this particular pose/idea around for at least 3 weeks! This is as near as I could get it. It started off as a full body shot, and after trying to figure out how to make his legs look somewhat believable, I just went to this mid range shot instead, pose is still wonky though.

In case you’re wondering, this is indeed James. The idea would be he’s mortally wounded and wondering off into the darkness, the victor in some ruthless battle, but I don’t think it comes across as well. Perhaps someday I’ll try to get James right. BTW, I really like Jesse’s James, no pun(?) intended. Up and Atom!

-Jazzy Club

Tags: Novembrrr forever winter James Jimmy
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~ Wednesday, November 28 ~
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My final Novembrrr sketch is here, I actually made this one to resemble those old japanese samurai art scrolls.  added some colorful shapes in the background and wrote Forever Winter in Japanese and there you go!  It’s been a fun month full of snowy art.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t really snow too much this winter!
~Tony Sedani

My final Novembrrr sketch is here, I actually made this one to resemble those old japanese samurai art scrolls.  added some colorful shapes in the background and wrote Forever Winter in Japanese and there you go!  It’s been a fun month full of snowy art.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t really snow too much this winter!

~Tony Sedani

Tags: Forever Winter Novembrr James
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~ Wednesday, November 21 ~
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Last week’s James card (newly colored) and this week’s Kry card combine to form…this. I’m pretty sure it looks like absolute garbage, but Photoshop and I don’t have a very good working relationship. Given about 7+ hours to color something, I can fake my way through looking like I kind of know what I’m doing, but at 5am with my bed calling me from across the room, this is all I could muster. I tried to go for a specific mood and I think I missed the mark entirely. Included are the black and white versions of these two cards to at least prove that the original drawings aren’t totally worthless.

Enough self-loathing. I think I’ll go back to using markers next week (and likely from now on where sketch cards are concerned).

- Rian

Tags: Forever Winter Novembrr James Kry
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~ Friday, November 16 ~
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James. Main character of Forever Winter and official winner of the “coolest vest in comics” contest. I like drawing James because he fits right into the niche of my favorite subjects to draw: “plain-clothes badasses”. Honestly, the entire cast of Forever Winter fits into this category, which is one more reason why I was excited by the idea of Novembrr when Joel first proposed it and secretly hoped that Jesse (the final chooser of this month’s sketch card topic) would decide to draw a FW character on the first of the month. I love the fact that our hero wears a hoodie and a beanie and has a beard. The sword, cold weather undergarment we see peeking out underneath his other clothing layers, and aforementioned vest provide just enough cool detail to set James apart from every other person just wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, and I love adding all of those little touches like the the pouches and piping on the vest. Simply put, he’s a real treat to draw.
So…crappy, half-assed grayscale. I have bigger plans for this card, but the last 48 hours got away from me somehow and between work, cat-sitting for my boss, recording the podcast, and probably at least a little procrastination, this is all I have to offer right now. I never planned to color this card with markers, though. I don’t think the wedge OR brush tips would fit between some of these lines. I do plan to color it, but this and my next Novembrr card are getting a different treatment than all of my previous Stock*tober and Novembrr entries.
Now…where did I put that damned flux capacitor?
- Rian

James. Main character of Forever Winter and official winner of the “coolest vest in comics” contest. I like drawing James because he fits right into the niche of my favorite subjects to draw: “plain-clothes badasses”. Honestly, the entire cast of Forever Winter fits into this category, which is one more reason why I was excited by the idea of Novembrr when Joel first proposed it and secretly hoped that Jesse (the final chooser of this month’s sketch card topic) would decide to draw a FW character on the first of the month. I love the fact that our hero wears a hoodie and a beanie and has a beard. The sword, cold weather undergarment we see peeking out underneath his other clothing layers, and aforementioned vest provide just enough cool detail to set James apart from every other person just wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, and I love adding all of those little touches like the the pouches and piping on the vest. Simply put, he’s a real treat to draw.

So…crappy, half-assed grayscale. I have bigger plans for this card, but the last 48 hours got away from me somehow and between work, cat-sitting for my boss, recording the podcast, and probably at least a little procrastination, this is all I have to offer right now. I never planned to color this card with markers, though. I don’t think the wedge OR brush tips would fit between some of these lines. I do plan to color it, but this and my next Novembrr card are getting a different treatment than all of my previous Stock*tober and Novembrr entries.

Now…where did I put that damned flux capacitor?

- Rian

Tags: Forever Winter Novembrr James Stock*Pile
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~ Thursday, November 15 ~
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Sorry my card’s late, but I felt like sleeping last night. Here’s a preview of what I’m working on. The finished card will be here sometime later tonight. Right now I have to leave for work.

- R.

Sorry my card’s late, but I felt like sleeping last night. Here’s a preview of what I’m working on. The finished card will be here sometime later tonight. Right now I have to leave for work.

- R.

Tags: Forever Winter Novembrr Stock*Pile James
~ Wednesday, November 14 ~
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"Halfway through Novembrrr and I’m going with a nostalgic look for FW’s main character James. The earliest drawings that Joel did of James always had his hat, goggles and jacket. I think his design has come a long way, and I’ll always remember this version from the beginning."

"Halfway through Novembrrr and I’m going with a nostalgic look for FW’s main character James. The earliest drawings that Joel did of James always had his hat, goggles and jacket. I think his design has come a long way, and I’ll always remember this version from the beginning."

Tags: James Novembrrr forever winter old school
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~ Tuesday, November 6 ~
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Happy NovemBRRR! 
Was honored when the rest of the gang agreed to partake in this month of forever winter. Seeing other peoples interpretation of the characters you’ve created is just so awesome, even more so when you have the insanely talented friends that I do.  
I figured there was no better place to start then with the main character of the book, James. I’m glad it took so long for me to finish the first issue and major rewrites, because I think James is much stronger now then he was in the earlier drafts. Although he only appears briefly in the second issue (spoiler?) I’m looking forward to drawing the scene he is in. 
About the card: 
When it came time for the second printing of the first issue I considered (briefly) about drawing a different cover. I ended up deciding to stick with the original cover because I think it works really well, and all my sketches kind of took off on the same idea. 
I thought if I did a new cover I would get either Jesse or Kansas to work their color magic on it. If you’d allow me to get sidetracked from my previous sidetrack, working nights and my factory never closing during blizzards, I drive home in a lot of snow storms and the snow always has this peach look to it. (I’m no scientist, I imagine its from the way the light hits it)
Was rereading astonishing xmen last week and saw that the colorist actually handled snow in this manner and it reminded me to give it a try on this card, so I put away my light cerulean blue and broke out some peaches and warm colors and went to town. 
there ya go, hope you enjoy the rest of NovemBRRR, I know I will
-JL- 

Happy NovemBRRR! 

Was honored when the rest of the gang agreed to partake in this month of forever winter. Seeing other peoples interpretation of the characters you’ve created is just so awesome, even more so when you have the insanely talented friends that I do.  

I figured there was no better place to start then with the main character of the book, James. I’m glad it took so long for me to finish the first issue and major rewrites, because I think James is much stronger now then he was in the earlier drafts. Although he only appears briefly in the second issue (spoiler?) I’m looking forward to drawing the scene he is in. 

About the card: 

When it came time for the second printing of the first issue I considered (briefly) about drawing a different cover. I ended up deciding to stick with the original cover because I think it works really well, and all my sketches kind of took off on the same idea. 

I thought if I did a new cover I would get either Jesse or Kansas to work their color magic on it. If you’d allow me to get sidetracked from my previous sidetrack, working nights and my factory never closing during blizzards, I drive home in a lot of snow storms and the snow always has this peach look to it. (I’m no scientist, I imagine its from the way the light hits it)

Was rereading astonishing xmen last week and saw that the colorist actually handled snow in this manner and it reminded me to give it a try on this card, so I put away my light cerulean blue and broke out some peaches and warm colors and went to town. 

there ya go, hope you enjoy the rest of NovemBRRR, I know I will

-JL- 

Tags: Novembrrr James forever winter
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~ Sunday, August 12 ~
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Friend of stock*pile tony sedani asked me to draw him a forever winter sketch card…after seven aborted attempts I came up with this one. 

Friend of stock*pile tony sedani asked me to draw him a forever winter sketch card…after seven aborted attempts I came up with this one. 

Tags: james forever winter
~ Monday, July 2 ~
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…45 minute sketch…that took 36 hours to complete…give or take. 
-Joel- 

…45 minute sketch…that took 36 hours to complete…give or take. 

-Joel- 

Tags: James forever winter
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