Ian tends to draw very strong graphics which are eye catching and stand out a mile. Some of them are so cool they belong on a T-shirt. He’s shown a softer side in ‘Smiling at the Sky’ but you can still see the graphics side coming through.
This one is a sketch up of some character Ian and Peter are working on and there is a story unfolding visually. The script is there, some of the ideas are finding their way to match it. It all takes time and care but you can see it’s the kinda thing that tends to be worth it! 🙂
Lovely start to the New Year with 2 of our artists at Longstone being mentioned on the Year in Review on www.comicbuzz.com
Deirdre got a mention in relation to her ‘Clueless’ one off comic which tells the story of two robots and communication breakdown. It is a quirky little piece that she did up to make available at the cons for 2011 and got some great attention along with ‘Blue Bloke’ which again was a small one off comic done for cons.
Hilarys ‘Superhilbo’ got mentioned too, as two stories were featured in the Irish comic ‘Splunc!’ – Dino Dilemma & Para-abnormal for their summer and autumn editions.
So it is nice to see our work getting a nod in the midst of all the great names being thrown about on the review! Definitely made us well chuffed. 🙂
Vol.4 Cover by Deirdre de Barra
Smiling at the Sky cover by Ian Pettitt
Deirdre de Barra and Ian Pettitt have created the covers for the last two installations of Longstone comics. Their styles are varied and quite different from one another which really offers a great sense of variety for the comic cover. Deirdre has designed a cover for the comic before back in 2008/2009 for Vol.2. The key theme for it was a zombie on a bike and lets face it, zombies are friggin cool.
Most of Deirdres work is done in pencil then scanned in the pc and finished digitally. A combo of Photoshop and Corel Painter X helped to get some of the textures of snow and softness in the fabric. Her attention to detail can only be fulfilled with a hearty supply of tea and biscuits…without these it ain’t never gonna happen.
Ians cover is completed with pencils, watercolour and pen mostly. He finishes all his work by hand, including the lettering, and in some cases has been known to scan A3 pages on an A4 scanner and painstakingly merge them via witchcraft on his computer.
Either way, both styles and methods produce a fantastic end result.