Sunday, January 12, 2014

Shani Poster - INSANITY!

I've been working on a poster of Shani that Phil would take with him to an upcoming anime convention.
Here's some process:

I start with a sketch.  This one is 50% the size of the final image (11" x 17" with a 10" x 15" frame)

I take the sketch to pencils by way of a lightbox.  This time I used B lead to do the pencils because I feel more comfortable with a softer lead doing larger drawings.  (Big mistake, the B lead didn't erase completely when I was finished inking... sigh...)

Here's a detail of the face.  I was going for an anime style but I couldn't get away from heavy crosshatching.  This nose linework was done early in the transfer and I liked it.  The anime idea died at that moment.

Here's the inked image.  I used a Winsor and Newton series 7 #3 with Pelikan Black Drawing Ink for a majority of it, with a crowquil for some of  her features.  For the rest of it I used a G-pen, a Gillott 170, Rotring Rapidographs and Speedball ink for the larger black areas.

Detail of her face in ink.

I scanned the line art and colored digitally.  There's a step where I did a blood overlay on a separate piece of paper but I think it's not that interesting to include here.  
That's the making of this Shani poster.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Stay here for more information about Bloody Pulp Magazine.  I think next I'm going to talk about the re-visiting of my story from the original Bloody Pulp Magazine #1 - Love's Sting. (Shani can't have all the fun, right?)

If you would like more info about Shani you can always check out Phillip Lee McCall II's site and I'm always (slight deviation from the definition of ALWAYS) doing some weird stuff over at, so give it a check too.

Thanks for reading!  Lator Gators!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shani cover - MADNESS!!!

So I've been working on a Shani the Wanderer cover.  This is what I've done:

It's cool, yeah?  I think so.  I was trying to attempt a Buscema-Conan style, you know, SAVAGE Sword of Conan.  The black and white stuff.  By no means did I reach Buscema level but I think it'll be a cool style to play with.

Let me share some process.

I started with a sketch in my sketchbook.

A lot of red pencil, a lot of tears a lot of complaining, a lot of fighting, blood, screaming, sadness, anger, acceptance...

... then!

I got a viable cover.  It does what I want it to do, but I wasn't completely happy.


Ugh!  I can't get it to do what I want it to do!  I did a bunch of page sketches.  Until I get this:

This was done on a letter sized piece of paper and tightened up with some good ol' onion skin (ahem... tracing paper).

I tightened it up so I can ink.  I also fixed the soldier who's getting stabbed (for better or for worse).

INK TIME!  I started inking.



 ... And done!

I did some craziness with crosshatching and feathering in this picture that if I just drew it straight and used more black it would have taken less time.

Craziness like this:

... aaaand this:

... aaaand this!

This was a ton of fun.  I'm going to color it next which I'll be posting later.

This book will be coming out in July, just so you know, so stay tuned for more!

Later Gators!



Monday, October 28, 2013

Shani the Wanderer


It's been a little while.

I've been getting all my ducks in a row so the new Bloody Pulp Magazine can go out sooner than later.  

Guess what I did.  I got together with writer extraordinaire Phillip Lee McCall to help me develop a new character for the relaunch of the mag and we came up with -- SHANI THE WANDERER!

She's an amazon warrior of mixed heritage who sets out to find an item of great power and has many adventures along the way.

We've got some sketches of her (while still in the development stages, I'm quite happy with) and a few action shots of her with sword, shield and spear.

Stay tuned for more information or go check out Phillip's website for info on Shani and a bunch of his other creations.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bloody Pulp Magazine

Hi All!  Leigh here...

It's strange to start a new Bloody Pulp Magazine blog post after all these years but... HERE IT IS!

I recently bought the domain from my friend and fellow BloodyPulper, Jeremy Jusay and decided to try and take the magazine in a new-ish direction. Sorta...

In the years since BPM#1, the indy comics world has seemed to exploded.  I've done a bunch of comic projects with a bunch of different people, I've tabled at a few cons and gotten my name out there a little bit (not as much as I should have, mind you) and I always thought about my love for BPM#1; what I consider to be my cherry-poppin' moment and where I want it to go after what is NOW 5 years since we got it printed.

This blog is a harbinger of what's to come.  I'm going to post artwork and maybe sketches of projects I consider to be BPM-worthy.  I'm hoping to get stuff from the other two OG BPM-ers, Glenn Urieta and Jeremy Jusay, as well as some new stuff from new people I want to get involved in the "project."  But first thing's first...  WELCOME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TO B-P-M!