My Early Days Making Comics, and The Step To Where It Is Now

in comics •  last year 

Hi there!

So I am going to make it a short one this week.
What you are about to see below are the covers to my very first graphic novel that I was the artist for. When I started this story I had absolutely no idea what I was doing (I was so fresh that I didn't even know you draw comic pages larger than the size of the final printed page!)
The following are the covers to issue one, two, and three of Wexler's Follies:

Issue 1:

Issue 2:

and Issue 3:
Front Cover.jpg

As you can see there was quite a bit of growth between these three issues. Issue one was... terrible. I mean really god awful embarrassing stuff. Issue two was a little more developed, it is where I began to get a little more comfortable in my skin as an illustrator yet there was still a ways to go. Issue three was interesting. Issue three I certainly grew on, but in less dramatic ways than between issue one and two. It still has plenty of flaws, but each page started to become a little more consistent with the previous one.
I will show a post of these pages soon. We will all have a good laugh at the early work together!

Anyway, by the time I finished issue three I was really starting to settle in. I had also begun work on my second series "Second Wind" at this time. To give you an idea of some of the progress, here are the pencils of the covers (issue one is the inks because, well, I can't find the files of the pencils. This page was drawn around 5 years ago).

Issue 1:
Cover 2.jpg

Issue 2:

Issue 3:

As I said, by the end of issue three I was starting to get the hang of it. Since I was pretty happy with how the cover had turned out, I decided to redraw the other two girls in the same style:


And here are the inks to all 3:
COVER 3.jpg



And last but not least, the colored version of the final three images:


I am still pretty pleased with these even years later. One of the major tools I learned in the coloring process was how to use layers in photoshop (yes, the covers from issue one and two were colored without layers. It was a nightmare) which made the process much easier and more natural.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these images! Let me know what you think below.

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I really like the playbill and quasi-art nouveau style of these, and I'm a sucker for the subject matter. Thanks for being brave and sharing some history from your early days.

Amazing wroks, @vesteban <3 The designs for each piece are wondrous and the detailing and inking and colours are just spectacular <3 .... I love layers. I can't live without layers now, but once a long time ago I used to draw everything on one layer XD hahaha!

Love how you showed massive improvements as you undertook your art journey <3 Gorgeous post <3 <3 <3

Thank you so much!

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That's fantastic thank you!

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Awesome works, @vesteban!

Edit: I've liked it so much I've featured you in My entry to the "Pay It Forward Curation Contest - Week 22"


Thank you so much!

You're welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying SteemIt. Keep up with the good work!


I love these cat images!


Cool stuff. I like the art deco style. We're always learning

Thank you :) it was fun to play with.

I'd be "pretty pleased" with these too!! Great job @vesteban :)

I found your post because @trincowski featured you in our Pay it forward Curation contest :)

I really like all three cover artworks that you created. The design for each of them is really nice and excellent :).          
I can see signs of improvement from each of these drawing, and I like that the third cover has nice colourful leaves on the ground ^_^.          

Thank you! The third one is my personal favorite :)

It can be cringe worthy to look back on early development, but that period should be seen as a necessary part of development really.
I like how you've developed and it's lovely to see a recreation of how those pictures would look now.

Thank you! Yah it does get cringy, but it's kinda fun too. And you are absolutely right, it is a necessary step!

work on the characters, focus on it! You worked too much on the other details...Its good though but I feel a little unsatisfied with the main subject.

Im sorry, I have to take back my word. Im not little unsatisfied, Im really unsatisfied with how the characters ended up.

Hello! I appreciate your honesty, thank you for the feedback!

This is amazing! I love how you've shown us your growth and development. Keep up the awesome work!
I found your post from @trincowski's Pay it Forward entry.

You are certainly improving based on those three issues. Issue 1, you can make more of that empty space at the back of the goddess. Issue 2, you can make the goddess face look more fierce, not quite meek, for a goddess of war. Issue 3, I like it the most. The drawing portrays the character very well.

Overall, you have done really great with your final drawings!

I came across your post through @trincowski who featured if here: Pay it Forward Curation Contest.

very nice , lovely illustration

Thank you!