Frame by Frame - Coming Soon
WOW! I haven't posted here in too long a time. That will change, I do so hope. Frame by Frame is my breakdown of (almost) each frame of art, starting from issue 1, page 1, of, Eye of The Keeper. It's a good creative exercise for me, and it will give you some insight into what I was thinking when each frame was created. Keeping the dream alive! See you soon.
Progress and Ink Splashes
Slow and steady wins the race. Well, though there is no race or rush when it comes to perfection, the series is coming along better than I had hoped. We just began issue 7, so the previous issues are ALL waiting to be printed/distributed, and digitized for the online reader community. The art is fantastic, and up to my abstract standards. I personally can't see wasted space on a comic book page, which is why all of the art is full bleed, meaning it's drawn to the edges of the page. And, storytelling remains intact thus providing you with a top notch read. One of my favorite things about an inked page is the ink splashes. When used appropriately it makes a punch in the face look very dramatic, as The Keeper is known to take on a regular basis. The series has grown in art since it's inception. There's fewer collages, and more tradational sequential storytelling but it also has a good balance of dynamic presentation. I do so love collages as they seamlessly blend art for a more surreal feel. It all depends on the situation. My favorite thing about comic book storytelling is when the art becomes something more than just talking heads and fancy poses (even though I love a good fancy pose). It's all about metamorphosis. Change is constant. I've had comments from "the art is just amazing" to "the art is very busy". There is definitely a lot going on in the art, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Why be typical right? So, enjoy the image pasted here. There's a small narrative with it as well (in classic "Keeper" style).
This is one small part of an important scene in Issue 3. Ariel draws Octaymus bolting across outer space at high speeds (for a specific reason which I won't spoil for you). That's just a hint of the cosmic element in the story. So what is it with my fascination with the cosmos? Well, I like the unexplained, and dark science fiction fantasy is my favorite genre. Eye of The Keeper evolves from a story that takes place on earth, to a story that brings the rest of the universe to earth. I like to keep the characters grounded and relatable to the readers. It's all about the individual and what goes on inside their head. So while there are aliens in the story from advanced and tormented civilizations, they're not that different than humans, and their reasons for coming to Earth will prove to be interesting. All the characters have sordid and painful pasts and I'll explore their connections to other living beings.
Issue 2 Image
Here's an excellent Image from issue #2 drawn by Ariel Iacci. Charles Caustin Calloway meditates in darkness. So what are those circles on his body? Perhaps it's a combination of spiritualism and inner peace manifesting itself...
First Three Issues
Well, my first three issues are an introduction to Eye of The Keeper. What happens in these issues is something of a prelude for things to come. I had the pleasure of working with up and coming artist Ariel Iacci. His style of art has been described as having some german influences that tend to evolve, invoking harsher tones of black and white, with a hybrid cartoony/manga feel. So much can change in the creative process, from my descriptions to how it is drawn. But I found it challenging and rewarding to mold my writing to compliment Ariel's art. From issue 1 to issue 3, you'll be able to see Ariel's art grow in style.
Enter One and All...
Welcome to the official Blog for Eye of The Keeper, my personal work of graphic novel sophistication. Those of you who've read the first issue now have an inkling of the setting I've created. It's a dark sad world, with harsh realities and small victories. The journey of any person leads them to a multitude of forked paths that hopefully culminate... So the keyword here is journey. I am your humble storyteller, eager to enlighten you with intertwining bits of fantasy and reality. I invite you into a surreal creation, with genuinely passionate artwork, and words that leap into the recesses of your mind. Believing is seeing...