Staying on Model

A must have item for any project.

A must have item for any project.

Oftentimes I have trouble drawing consistently from panel to panel and page to page. It’s more apparent when I draw realistically. I wish I had the skills of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, but I don’t. What I found for me is creating model sheets helps, especially when the characters are really shape-based and have strong silhouettes. Things Undone was a way for me to experiment with shapes and to get better at consistency.

Though the next time I do a realistic project I think I’ll probably find actors and actresses to create the characters from. At least there’ll be more reference and lighting conditions to choose from. I’m sure everyone already does this…even to the point of just tracing off photos. Still, I’d rather do the character sheets based off of the reference I’ve gathered and my initial designs.


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About the Author

shane white
shane white
Shane White spent much of his childhood in the Seaway Valley of Northern New York. He recounted much of this in his 2005 graphic novel, North Country. His passion since junior high school has always been comics and sequential art. With the constantly changing tide of the industry he decided to pursue other areas of art to gain a broader spectrum in which to facilitate his comic work. He's been an illustrator, graphic designer, concept artist and storyboard artist, for the film, video game and publishing industry since early 1990. Not until recently has he put all of this experience to use. Last year he co-created a hard science fiction series for Image Comics called, The Overman. He's worked on short stories in books such as Fear Agent, Hawaiian Dick, and Comic Book Tattoo. Shane White lives with his wife Jessica in the sometimes gray Shangri-La of the Northwest where he enjoys art, film and fine food.

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