12/27/2013

Chairs


Some studies for chairs. Always asking myself which style the protagonist and his wife would prefer. Only very few will get shortlisted in the end, but gathering as much alternatives as possible is necessary to extract the best solution, in my view.

12/23/2013

Martians on Horsell Common


I have been on Horsell Common with other curious onlookers and I tell you: Don´t go there...
(detail from initial drawing).

11/22/2013

Half-title Book I


A half-title for my War Of The Worlds adaption. It is inspired by Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo´s cover illustration for his own book "Wren´s City Churches".

11/09/2013

A Side Glance


While working on War of the Worlds, another story of Wells came into my mind that I read years ago: The Island of Dr. Moreau. The story follows the adventures of Edward Prendick, getting marooned on the island of the above-mentioned Doctor who creates crossings between humans and animals via vivisection. That was an issue which was up for debate at the time the book was released (about 1896). It is a disturbing and eerie thriller, and here´s a cover idea for it.

11/08/2013

Fact Finding






Of course I want the costumes in my War of the Worlds graphic novel as contemporary as possible. I found this collection of a 1898 fashion journal on a flea market years ago. Having already plans to adapt WotW into a comic book, I instantly knew that this is great source material. So I bought it to be the Edith Head of my own adaption.

10/30/2013

Krieg der Welten Halloween Special / War Of The Worlds Halloween Special


Today´s the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles´ legendary radio production of War of the Worlds! A german version of it was the first encounter for me with this great story. If you want to listen to the infamous fake-broadcast of Mr. 'Citizen Kane', see here: 


  The picture above shows a book jacket illustration - not for a graphic novel, but for a traditional book edition - for War of the Worlds, done by me.
Note: I´m not sure about doing the tripods in the graphic novel the same way as I´ve done them here. But for a book edition I could really imagine to have this version of the tripods on a cover. For the illustrations of a book edition I´d prefer, see here: ClicClic.

10/23/2013

Drawing Pages


I started drawing the pages for WotW now. It´s a lot of fun! They´re the 'skeleton' for the final result. I´m looking forward to it!

10/07/2013

Finished the Scribbles!


Yep! Ich habe nun alle Scribbles (oder Thumbnails) fertig und vom Buch ein komplettes Storyboard erstellt! Nun kann ich mir die Geschichte "in klein" zu Gemüte führen und schauen, ob der Fluss so auch aufrecht erhalten, die Atmosphäre, die ich mir vorstelle, so wiedergegeben und die Dramaturgie stimmig ist... auf zur nächsten Etappe also!

Yay! I finished the thumbnails of the pages I´m planning to do right now. That´s the point at which you can flip through your whole adaption "in small" and by doing so, there´s the opportunity to decide, if the flow of the storytelling is best, to look for potential pacing and dramatic mistakes, if you can imagine that the scribbled page will have the kind of atmosphere that you want. So here I go! Off to the next stage of my adaption.

9/30/2013

How much Art Nouveau?


Für manchen mag die Frage nebensächlich sein, aber für mich ist sie wichtig: Wie viel Jugendstil kommt in "Der Krieg der Welten" vor? Die Geschichte spielt 1898. Da gab es natürlich schon starke Tendenzen. England allerdings hatte immer etwas mehr "Ernst" in dieser Stilrichtung, als mir persönlich zum Zeichnen lieb ist. Daher werde ich diesen Ernst stellenweise bestimmt mal brechen - und mich auch von etwas "kontinentaler" geprägten Motiven inspirieren lassen, wie zum Beispiel dieser Dame hier, einer Kopie, die ich studienhalber nach einem Motiv von Alphonse Mucha angefertigt habe.

Some may not think it´s an essential question, but for me it´s important: How much Art Nouveau does play a role in "War of the Worlds"? The story takes place in 1898, and of course, at that time there have been strong tendencies already in this then-modern movement. But England, as far as I have learned yet, has always been a bit more serious in that discipline, I guess. I will pay tribute to that, but will allow myself to go sideways and quote also the more "continental" Art Nouveau of that time in some parts of the adaption, if possible - a style which, for example, also was highly influenced by Alphonse Mucha. Above is a drawing that I made as a "reference copy" from an original artwork by him.

9/28/2013

Quellen II / Sources II


Eine der Anzeigen aus "The Studio", vermutlich ein Steindruck oder eine Lithografie,von deren Ästhetik man einen guten Eindruck davon bekommt, wie man in den 1890er Jahren an die Gestaltung von Drucken heranging. Die Farbigkeit und die Kontraste mit den schwarzen Flächen und Elementen ist so angewandt, dass ich mich für meine Adaption eventuell gut davon beeinflussen lassen kann...

An ad from "The Studio", presumably a litho, by which you can get a feeling of the use of colors and contrasts in late-19th-century design. An inspiration for my adaption? Yes. Maybe.

9/26/2013

Quellen I / Sources I


Es gibt viele Bücher über das England der Belle Epoque, aber nicht alle kommen als Quelle für eine Graphic-Novel-Adaption von "Der Krieg der Welten" in Frage. Besonders viel bringt die originale "The Studio"-Ausgabe, einer Einrichtungs- und Gebrauchskunst-Zeitschrift für den damaligen modernen Menschen (und der Protagonist der Geschichte wird als "moderner Mensch" dargestellt). Hier gibt es alte Anzeigen zu sehen für Möbel, Kurse, Läden, die viel Aufschluß bringen über die Interessen und den Kunstgeschmack der Menschen, die sich 1898 als "modern" empfanden. Okay, die Ausgabe hier ist von 1896, aber ich habe auch noch spätere - und ein Artikel, der 1896 angeboten wurde, darf ja gerne in einer von 1898 Wohnung stehen.

There are many, many books about "Belle Epoque"-England. But not all of them can serve as an inspiration for my graphic novel adaption of "War of the Worlds". Quite a lot can be taken from the original issues of "The Studio", some sort of a furniture magazine of that time for those british people in the 1890ies who regarded themselves as modern. And the protagonist in the story is described as a kind of "modern" man. There are many ads and articles and photos about housing and dwelling in this magazine that give hints about how the home of a modern person of that time could have looked like. Okay, the volume shown here is actually from 1896, and the story takes place in 1898 - but an item that has been produced in 1896 surely can play a role in an 1898 home, right? And apart from that: I also have some volumes of 1898, too...

9/24/2013

Thumbnails


Ein paar von den thumbnails die ich gerade von Seiten anfertige. Ich bin schon recht weit, Juchu!

Some thumbnails for the pages I am currently planning to do. Still, everything can change again, but for now, it´s the best thing for me to go through the story and envisioning how to tell it on a whole for a first step. I´m already really far into the story.

9/20/2013

Storyboard


Every good adaption starts with a storyboard of the original book. That´s what I´m currently doing. Here you see how it looks like: Transferring the story into little thumbnails of the pages I will do.

8/31/2013

Ideen-Kasten / Idea Box






Every project can use its own inspiring tool. I once found this old glove box from the late 19th century, and thought it could be an idea box for War Of The Worlds. I mean, where I can put things into, small drafts and sketches or other things, that inspire me to get the certain "period feeling" I want for my graphic novel. And that´s what it now serves for.

8/26/2013

Krieg der Welten Buchillustrationen / War of the Worlds book illustrations





I made these illustrations to figure out how I would prefer to do book illustrations for War of the Worlds. The most important thing to me is to catch the unique, scary and turn-of-the-century atmosphere of the book. The comic book adaption I consider could end up in a different style than these illustrations, though (because it´s another type of book media). But I aim to be as same as loyal to the contemporary setting and the subliminal horror that I tried to catch in these "period piece" illustrations. Thus I sometimes also regard them as "studies" in preparation for the graphic novel adaption.