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~ Sunday, April 6 ~
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Heres a look at the raw art for the third issue of Forever winter ! 

-Joel-

Heres a look at the raw art for the third issue of Forever winter !

-Joel-

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~ Thursday, March 27 ~
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#ECCC begins this Friday and I will be there!
Come stop by and pick up a comic, sketch, or sketch card or just say hi.

I’ll be sitting at U-11 all weekend.. Its my first opportunity to sling some Broken Legacy comics at a convention. Buy one why don’t ya?!

-Jesse

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~ Saturday, April 20 ~
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The Forever Winter #1 title page complete with reference (Lansdown Street outside Fenway Parl) and creator/artist Joel Lolar.

- Rian

The Forever Winter #1 title page complete with reference (Lansdown Street outside Fenway Parl) and creator/artist Joel Lolar.

- Rian

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~ Tuesday, April 16 ~
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I didn’t realize how much I missed drawing this guy.

- Rian

I didn’t realize how much I missed drawing this guy.

- Rian

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~ Friday, December 21 ~
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Looper was my most anticipated movie of 2012 for one reason and one reason only: director Rian Johnson. In my eyes, that guy has the closest thing to a flawless track record as there is. With 3 films under his belt, he’s yet to disappoint me.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt just has to show up to make me want to see a movie. Bruce Willis has become a bit of a bore as the years have gone by, but regardless of his performance, I loved his character in Looper. Emily Blunt hasn’t left an impression on me in any film I’ve seen her in UNTIL Looper, which I think says something about the film. I even liked the kid. How often can you say that about a child actor in a drama? Throw in some time travel and a few gun fights and you’ve got yourself a pretty damned good movie.
So, I went kind of simple on this card. I didn’t really have a direction in mind when I started drawing it. I knew I wanted to draw a Looper card for fliXMAS, but couldn’t come up with an interesting layout, so I just started drawing JGL’s Bruce Willis-ized face and worked out a simple pose from there. The design element and color choices all came about at the last minute, so I don’t have much to say about those. Riveting commentary, I know…
Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and made presentable with Photoshop.
- Rian

Looper was my most anticipated movie of 2012 for one reason and one reason only: director Rian Johnson. In my eyes, that guy has the closest thing to a flawless track record as there is. With 3 films under his belt, he’s yet to disappoint me.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt just has to show up to make me want to see a movie. Bruce Willis has become a bit of a bore as the years have gone by, but regardless of his performance, I loved his character in Looper. Emily Blunt hasn’t left an impression on me in any film I’ve seen her in UNTIL Looper, which I think says something about the film. I even liked the kid. How often can you say that about a child actor in a drama? Throw in some time travel and a few gun fights and you’ve got yourself a pretty damned good movie.

So, I went kind of simple on this card. I didn’t really have a direction in mind when I started drawing it. I knew I wanted to draw a Looper card for fliXMAS, but couldn’t come up with an interesting layout, so I just started drawing JGL’s Bruce Willis-ized face and worked out a simple pose from there. The design element and color choices all came about at the last minute, so I don’t have much to say about those. Riveting commentary, I know…

Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and made presentable with Photoshop.

- Rian

Tags: Looper movies fliXMAS Stock*Pile
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~ Sunday, December 9 ~
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If you would say that Haywire was boring, I hate you. If you would say that I’m terrible at capturing likenesses, I agree, but you’re still a jerk for saying it.
As exciting of a movie as Haywire was, I’m kind of pissed off at myself for drawing such a static, bland image to represent it. I wanted to depict Gina Carano duking it out with one of her many male foes, but I became discouraged after scrapping my 5th or 6th unsatisfactory layout. At that point I drew this image, which I was happy with until I inked it and lost any semblance of a decent Carano likeness that I’d previously achieved. For several days I planned to draw a new Haywire card in the hopes of doing a 2012 movie that I loved the justice it deserves, but because I’m lazy and I’ve been watching the Lord Of The Rings extended edition special features in anticipation of seeing The Hobbit all week, I never got around to it.
So, I ended up resigning myself to the old mantra of “I’ll fix it in the coloring stage,” which is surely some sort of oxymoron when the “I” in “I’ll” refers to me and “fix it in the coloring stage” means “improve the image at least a little bit via the application of color.” My main goal here was to, in some way, shape, or form, create an homage to the awesome color palette on display in Haywire. I watched a Youtube video on how to do gradients, I dropped some photos from Google into the background and warped them beyond recognition, I sampled colors from actual screen caps from Haywire, and I even fell back on my new favorite trick for making it look like I now how to use Photoshop: color holds.
And this is what you get.
In the words of my former Kubert School classmate Chris Staggs, which he wrote on the back of an assignment he’d previously turned in for a class when he gave it to me on the last day of school: “Enjoy my B- efforts.”
Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and abused in Photoshop.
- Rian

If you would say that Haywire was boring, I hate you. If you would say that I’m terrible at capturing likenesses, I agree, but you’re still a jerk for saying it.

As exciting of a movie as Haywire was, I’m kind of pissed off at myself for drawing such a static, bland image to represent it. I wanted to depict Gina Carano duking it out with one of her many male foes, but I became discouraged after scrapping my 5th or 6th unsatisfactory layout. At that point I drew this image, which I was happy with until I inked it and lost any semblance of a decent Carano likeness that I’d previously achieved. For several days I planned to draw a new Haywire card in the hopes of doing a 2012 movie that I loved the justice it deserves, but because I’m lazy and I’ve been watching the Lord Of The Rings extended edition special features in anticipation of seeing The Hobbit all week, I never got around to it.

So, I ended up resigning myself to the old mantra of “I’ll fix it in the coloring stage,” which is surely some sort of oxymoron when the “I” in “I’ll” refers to me and “fix it in the coloring stage” means “improve the image at least a little bit via the application of color.” My main goal here was to, in some way, shape, or form, create an homage to the awesome color palette on display in Haywire. I watched a Youtube video on how to do gradients, I dropped some photos from Google into the background and warped them beyond recognition, I sampled colors from actual screen caps from Haywire, and I even fell back on my new favorite trick for making it look like I now how to use Photoshop: color holds.

And this is what you get.

In the words of my former Kubert School classmate Chris Staggs, which he wrote on the back of an assignment he’d previously turned in for a class when he gave it to me on the last day of school: “Enjoy my B- efforts.”

Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and abused in Photoshop.

- Rian

Tags: Haywire fliXMAS Stock*Pile movies
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~ Monday, December 3 ~
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Hi-Ho fliXMAS! Away!
I’m pretty excited about fliXMAS because Joel let me come up with an idea for a change when I named this month’s festivities. I’m also excited to draw sketch cards inspired by 5 of my favorite movies of 2012. First out of the gate is The Raid (No need to bother with the unnecessary Americanized subtitle. What’s the deal with that, anyway? Redemption, Resurrection, Retribution, Reckoning, Requiem, and the most egregious: Rises. Enough with the “r-word” subtitles already!).
The Raid breaks down thusly:
Story - 2 out of 5 stars
Characters - 1 out of 5 stars
Crippling Blows To The Head - 637 out of 5 stars
The Raid was just a blast to sit through. It was also kind of painful to sit through, which may not sound like a plus, but totally is. I watch a lot of action movies and horror movies, so when a kick to the head or a fluorescent lightbulb to the neck (SPOILER!) makes me vocally react in the theater, I take notice. Needless to say, my eyes were glued to the screen during the fight scenes in The Raid.
Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked entirely with my XS (see: eXtra Small) Pitt pen with some brush pen action to fill in the shadows, and colored in Photoshop. Alas, I wish that cool splatter effect was actually on the card, but I just did a Google search for “splatter pattern,” picked one that looked like it would fit my needs, and messed around with it until I was satisfied (see: tired of working on this card).
- Rian

Hi-Ho fliXMAS! Away!

I’m pretty excited about fliXMAS because Joel let me come up with an idea for a change when I named this month’s festivities. I’m also excited to draw sketch cards inspired by 5 of my favorite movies of 2012. First out of the gate is The Raid (No need to bother with the unnecessary Americanized subtitle. What’s the deal with that, anyway? Redemption, Resurrection, Retribution, Reckoning, Requiem, and the most egregious: Rises. Enough with the “r-word” subtitles already!).

The Raid breaks down thusly:

Story - 2 out of 5 stars

Characters - 1 out of 5 stars

Crippling Blows To The Head - 637 out of 5 stars

The Raid was just a blast to sit through. It was also kind of painful to sit through, which may not sound like a plus, but totally is. I watch a lot of action movies and horror movies, so when a kick to the head or a fluorescent lightbulb to the neck (SPOILER!) makes me vocally react in the theater, I take notice. Needless to say, my eyes were glued to the screen during the fight scenes in The Raid.

Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked entirely with my XS (see: eXtra Small) Pitt pen with some brush pen action to fill in the shadows, and colored in Photoshop. Alas, I wish that cool splatter effect was actually on the card, but I just did a Google search for “splatter pattern,” picked one that looked like it would fit my needs, and messed around with it until I was satisfied (see: tired of working on this card).

- Rian

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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

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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
~ Friday, November 9 ~
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My second Novembrr card features Marlee. I think that 5 or 6 of the Novembrr cards posted thus far have been accompanied by a description of how little the artist knows about the character they’ve drawn, so I won’t bother explaining in great detail that I know nothing about Marlee. I looked at a model sheet that Joel posted on his deviantArt page a while ago and did my best to guess what colors the guy’s clothes and hair should be, all while assuming that I’ll hate my rendition of the character once I read his first appearance in a future issue of Forever Winter and realize that I’ve gotten him all wrong.
Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and colored with Copic markers. My last card didn’t feature any snow, but this time I might have gone a little overboard with the whiteout. Unlike my previous cards, I went back in after the marker stage and added some additional texture/shading with my pens, achieving mixed results. My personal favorite bit are the stripes on Marlee’s shirt.
I wanted to use a hard yellow light source off to one side as though from a street light or something, but all of my color tests looked like shit, so I tucked my tail firmly between my legs and went with my typical safe style of shading instead. Had I not waited until 3am the night before it needed to be posted to begin work on this card, I may have had the opportunity to do a little more experimentation, but this is the risk you run when you give Rian Miller a deadline.
- Rian

My second Novembrr card features Marlee. I think that 5 or 6 of the Novembrr cards posted thus far have been accompanied by a description of how little the artist knows about the character they’ve drawn, so I won’t bother explaining in great detail that I know nothing about Marlee. I looked at a model sheet that Joel posted on his deviantArt page a while ago and did my best to guess what colors the guy’s clothes and hair should be, all while assuming that I’ll hate my rendition of the character once I read his first appearance in a future issue of Forever Winter and realize that I’ve gotten him all wrong.

Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and colored with Copic markers. My last card didn’t feature any snow, but this time I might have gone a little overboard with the whiteout. Unlike my previous cards, I went back in after the marker stage and added some additional texture/shading with my pens, achieving mixed results. My personal favorite bit are the stripes on Marlee’s shirt.

I wanted to use a hard yellow light source off to one side as though from a street light or something, but all of my color tests looked like shit, so I tucked my tail firmly between my legs and went with my typical safe style of shading instead. Had I not waited until 3am the night before it needed to be posted to begin work on this card, I may have had the opportunity to do a little more experimentation, but this is the risk you run when you give Rian Miller a deadline.

- Rian

Tags: Novembrr Stock*Pile Forever Winter Marlee
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