Monday, March 21, 2011

In the shadows of Venisalle

A promo piece I recently did to test out some of the background effects I wanted to use in the new Marquis books. In the original stories reprinted in the Marquis: Inferno, I used hand applied shading film that adhered directly to the original art to give the different grey tones and textures. For the new graphic novels starting with The Marquis and the Midwife, I'm using more digital greys for the finished page that lets me play around with more depth of field.

Below the main image: A look at the process from start to finish~ I pencil loose (far left) and block in the Marquis figure and main buildings before adding all the details to the architecture during the inks. I knew I was going to fade out the background, so I added a lot of line work to the buildings and kept the Marquis as a simple shape to frame the center image. After adding the greys and different effects to the image, drawing in the falling snow is the last part of the job!


  1. As always, I am blown away and can not wait for more. Too cool, Guy.
    CHEERS! n

  2. Stunning! I love the use of negative space. So deceptively simple, and yet so effective.

    Your work is the best being done in our medium.... you never fail to amaze me, make my day, and curse my own leaden hands!

  3. Brilliant! Great artwork. Love your elegant touch. I will send you the original I made for the Marquis as a present. I´ll let you know when.



  4. (devil hand sign)

    When and if you ever print that promo piece, I'd buy it. I await in the shadows until your new book comes out.


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