Oliver's Travels

the development of a new world

On a Jet Plane…

April25

Sketches on a plane

Earlier this week my day job had me winging my way to San Francisco for a meeting. Man, that is one long plane ride. With a lot of hours to fill I turned to my favorite time killers, drawing and reading. I did some work on refining the storyboards for chapter 5 of Oliver’s adventure in Elsewhere. Then I busted out the sketchbook for some pen and ink fun and did the above sketch. It is a little rough and wobbly in places but it came out all right.

More to come soon.

Josh

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Chasin’ Waterfalls

April11

Chasin' Waterfalls

All right, it has been a while since I posted. To long in fact. But a lot has happened in the last couple months that has kept me away from blogging. But I want to get back on the horse and start updating with more frequency. I have not been blogging but I have been drawing so there is a lot to share. To get things started I have a new piece that my wife and I finished for the book. We also submitted this to the Spectrum Fantasy art book, we did not get in this year but there is always next time.

Enjoy folks and as always thanks for stopping by.

Joshua

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Character Development: Brisby

December20

I love sketchbooks, I love seeing an artists thought process and the changes that happen to a character as it develops. When I was in school for Illustration at RIT they had special collections of famous artist and designers sketchbooks and journals that you could look through. I used to love sitting there with the white gloves on gently turning the pages and exploring the thought process of these great artists. It is the same for me when I go to a convention, I can just pour over the portfolios and original art and I always leave with at least a couple sketchbooks in hand. That is why one of the regular features on the BCC blog will be Character Development. It will be a place for me to open the sketchbooks and show how some of the characters come to life. It is not that I think my process is some kind of a revolution in character design, far from it actually. But this is the kind of thing I would want to read at comics blog.

The two main characters of our tale of fantastical adventure are Oliver and his faithful dog Brisby. Oliver went through a lot of sketches and refinement (that will be shown in a future post). Brisby however is based on my dog. Her character design was completed almost from the first sketch. There were some changes and simplifications in her markings but that was about all. With her, it is not so much the design as the personality that I have to practice getting on the page. She servers a  very important roll in the book. Where Oliver is focused on getting home and protecting her, she is the observer. She is the one looking around going “Do you see this? There is a flying snail over here!”

Above are several of the development sketches and drawings (click to enlarge them) from my sketchbook that were used to bring her to life. I feel like these are a great place to start but as the book develops and I draw her more I want to continue to push myself to give her more and more personality. To act on paper as they say in animation.

I hope you enjoy them and thanks for reading.

Joshua

A drink along the way…

September4

This is is the first of what will become a regular feature here at the BCC blog. A new piece of art every single week(ish). This will hopefully keep folks checking back and keep me motivated to draw!

To kick it off we have a pin-up featuring our fearless adventurers Oliver and Brisby. These two and their search to find a way home will be the heart of our story.

The wonderful colors were provided by my lovely and talented wife Leah. She is getting a better handle on the world and characters with each painting and I am really excited to see the art shaping up like this. It gives me a lot of hope for the future of this project.

I will have more soon, thanks for reading.

Joshua

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San Diego Dreamin’

July24
This seems like a fitting time for me to launch the official blog of OtherLand. It was a trip too San Diego two years ago that inspired me to get serious about my dream to do a comic. I showed some old art and got some pretty rough but constructive critics but I was on fire with inspiration. I sat with my sketchbook late into the night coming up with new ideas and revisiting some that had been with me a long time. When I got home I drew this…
It was the start of something. I spent the next year working up new ideas, sketches and eventually pages to take back the next year. I will show some of those pages when we get a little bit further along with this grand adventure that is bloging. All that led to me returning to sunny California with a preview book in hand. The cover of which you see at the top of this post. I handed the book out to a ton of publishers and got as many people to look at it and give me feedback on my portfolio as possible. I learned so much. After leaving I made choices and changed my approach from a monthly to a Graphic Novel.
That leads us to today. I deep into the development of the new book, I am writing and drawing it and my wife is painting. But it is not done and won’t be until next summer. That is why I am here, at home dreaming of warm sun, big waves and a convention hall filled to the brim with awesome.
Now dear reader, you know where I am starting from and you know the goal, to have a completed Graphic Novel on sale a year from now.  I will be sharing as much of the creative process and myself with you as I can in hopes that you will keep me honest and keep me working.
I have so much to show you all and over the next year and hopefully you will stick with me on this adventure.
Thanks for reading.
Joshua

This seems like a fitting time for me to launch the official blog of OtherLand. It was a trip to San Diego two years ago that inspired me to get serious about my dream to do a comic. I showed some old art and got some pretty rough but constructive criticism, but I was on fire with inspiration. I sat with my sketchbook late into the night coming up with new ideas and revisiting some that had been with me a long time. When I got home I drew this…

It was the start of something. I spent the next year working up new ideas, sketches and eventually pages to take back the next year. I will show some of those pages when we get a little bit further along with this grand adventure that is blogging. All that led to me returning to sunny California with a preview book in hand. The cover of which you see below. I handed the book out to a ton of publishers and got as many people to look at it and give me feedback on my portfolio as possible. I learned so much. After leaving I made choices and changed my approach from a monthly to a Graphic Novel. I took the advice of the folks I met at the Convention, my friends and family, and changed the style of my drawings. My wife joined in the project with me and has been watercolor painting each page.

Cover to the preview book from Comic-Con

That leads us to today. We are deep into the development of the new book, I am writing and drawing it and my wife is painting. But it is not done and won’t be until next summer. That is why I am here, at home dreaming of warm sun, pumpkin waffles, big waves and a convention hall filled to the brim with awesome.

Now dear reader, you know where I am starting from and you know the goal, to have a completed Graphic Novel on sale a year from now.  I will be sharing as much of the creative process and myself with you as I can in hopes that you will share your feedback and keep me working.

I have so much to show you all and over the next year and hopefully you will stick with me on this adventure.

Thanks for reading.

Joshua

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