Father. Husband. Son. Brother. Kid from the East San Fernando Valley becomes comic book creator, novelist, concept artist, storyboard artist, instructor, worshiper of classic Spielberg and Lucas, fanatic of all things dinosauria, Los Angeles sports teams fan, enjoyer of tacos up and down the West Coast, Kurosawa and Hitchcock sycophant, driver of fast European cars, inherent resister of authority, and graduate of Art Center College of Design.
My favorite characters in Sam Specter and the Book of Spells are Los Mariachis, an enormously popular rock band comprised of skeletons that wear sombreros and panchos yet play fierce '70's classic rock.
This final drawing of the Ghost Gent from the Sam Specter cover is done in three layers in Photoshop.
The first layer is the final 'inked' line, done in photoshop, the second layer is the coloring of the gent's head and hand, then made translucent by bringing the opacity level down, and the last layer is the solid color of the clothes, which are not transparent.
It's colored like an old-fashioned animation cell, if that makes sense :)
So, working in layers and using my experience in animation, I begin to build the image, and this is the tombstone marker cobblestone street piece I needed for the foreground piece, which would end up on the back cover.
Here's two of the vehicles from the cover, and yes, the cat taxi is a complete homage to the cat bus in Totoro :)
You can order Sam Specter HERE, makes for great family reading for the holiday season!
More Sam Specter stuff today. I began exploring my own typeface for this property as well, though I did not use this one in the book, if I remember correctly.
And here's a scene from the book, where the kids, riding on the back of their gigantic pet bat named Shakespeare, chase the bad guys, who are on the big rat in the distance.
A car chase with no cars :)
A few people have asked, so I will post the link to the book on Amazon HERE daily until Halloween!