Here’s the finished piece I genuinely couldn’t be happier with the results! She…
Sherbet Lock Process 4
Here’s me finishing up the illustration of Michael Bramley’s character Sherbet Lock! I finished inking the foreground elements, then penciled/inked the background. The non-ghost, gray-looking areas are just narrow black stripes—I like using this effect if I’m doing something black and white.
Then I went in on that ghost, and darkened it up juuuust slightly, and added some dimension, and a little transparency. I used Copic Sketch Markers N1 and N2. So yeah, really light.
My final step before scanning is corrections, which I do with a white Gelly Roll gel pen. People always swear by certain correction fluid pens and whatnot, but I’ve never found anything that beats a gel pen, especially for small corrections. They get less opaque when they get old, though.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the final scanned product!
Amy applying the finishing touches to her stunning illustration…
Sherbet Lock Process 1
I’m gonna do a creative process thing! You get to see this illustration unfold the way I would.
I don’t normally do commissions for friends, but my pal Michael Vincent Bramley asked me to draw a piece on his character Sherbet Lock. And I happen to like Sherbet Lock! So I thought I’d go for it. Sherbet is a futuristic Sherlock Holmes-type character who investigates the paranormal. She’s a bit smug, and she’s also a lesbian. Bramley’s got a collection of short story webcomics on her, so definitely check them out.
I like the challenge of capturing other people’s characters, so I tried to include as much about her in one image as possible. Here’s the sketch I came up with—I just kept drawing outward and figured I could crop it to comic page dimensions later. The size is around a quarter page. I think you can tell, but that’s a ghost licking her cheek!
I like taking these sorts of opportunities to experiment on rendering. So I was pretty excited but also unsure about rendering that ghost. Stay tuned and I’ll post more tomorrow!
I like where this is going…
The multi-talented D. Yee provided us with this unique and unsettling, yet beautiful take on the detective of Baker City.
Like it? Good, now read the comic and ask yourself why bad things always happen to good people.
Rob Moran is the king of gritty horror comic book illustrations and we were proud to get him on board for this fantastic Sherbet pin-up.
Now give the actual comic a read, disturbing themes and disgusting twists are a guarantee:
I rarely ever visit London, as it no longer exists in my time period. If I need to visit it, I obviously have to steal a parked TARDIS.
My reasons for visiting was simply curiosity. I had heard that at one time a similar (but sexually inferior) detective to myself had once walked the streets of London. Sherlock Holmes, they called him. And he lived at 221B Baker Street. I, Sherbet Lock, visited to see if this Sherlock Holmes guy was everything he cracked up to be.
He wasn’t in when I arrived, so I sat in Sherlock’s living space, puffed on his pipe and siphoned his secret cocaine supply for my own personal use. I also dressed up that statue of him in his housekeeper’s favourite hat and used his effigy to shamelessly advertize my own adventures as a private detective, as showcased in that spectacular mystery excitement comic seen below.
Having suitably emasculated the world’s greatest detective ever (of the non-paranormal variety), in this brazen display of poor taste, I set about hiding my calling cards and comic books all about 221b Baker Street for future visitors to find.
Did you know that in 2012, a Museum stands at 221b Baker Street in London? If you happen to be visiting, stop by the old house for a snoop around and remember that if you happen to see anything with my name on it, you can claim it as your prize!
Before I left, I signed the guestbook. Be the first, second, or third to send a photo of my sign-in to ‘investigations [ at ] sherbetlock [dot] com’ and win another special prize!
Here’s a little photo of our favourite Sherbet cosplayer. http://www.youraveragenerd.com/
Reprint week is at an end, but we’re working on new content as fast as we can - and we can’t wait to share it with you.
And on the subject of sharing, please share our comics with your friends! Every little helps.
Sherbet and her sister have such wonderfully juicy braaainns. (Art: Josh Mathus, Words: Michael V. Bramley).
This poster may be outdated, but the music certainly isn’t!
Josh Mathus is more than just the great artist behind the Sherbet comics, he’s also a rock star and you can find music by his band SECRETS OF LOST EMPIRES here; http://www.myspace.com/secretsoflostempires