Oct 26, 2008

The Shadow Over Innsmouth: production

Some production stuff for The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft for my Illustrated Book class. I've always wanted to do something based on Lovecraft, but I always back out at the last minute for some reason. Well, now I'm doing a thing for it, and it's a big thing.

These are all roughs. I have two pieces done which will be uploaded later when I finish some more.

Cover with potential text treatment. I forgot to put my name anywhere on the book dummy that I made. Whoops! I'll take a photo of the dummy later on.

Interior cover for the front and back. I imagined the story, which is 70 pages or so, serialized rather than collected in anthologies like most of the Lovecraft stuff. A bunch of his works could be separated into small, classy, illustrated hardbacks.

Storyboards for final images. I did 32 thumbnails and picked out 15 that I liked and am going to be taking to final by the end of the semester. Finals are 6x9", black and white aside from the cover, in powdered graphite and watercolor. I think there's a little check mark next to all of the ones I'll be doing.

I'm keeping my thesis comic under wraps for awhile longer. I think I'll probably just post the thing when it's done on the 17th of next month. I probably won't post the whole thing. You'll have to go buy the Popgun 3 Anthology when it comes out in March.

Or, you know. Talk to me about it.

One of the biggest things I've been pushing myself to do more in my work is move the camera around. I've done a lot of pure line-of-sight compositions, and I'm trying to better my drawing ability by pushing the angles I'm using in my compositions. I think this Lovecraft stuff is a huge step forward for me in that regard. Hopefully the finals don't suck noodles.


  1. Sounds like you're enjoying the book class! Can't wait to see these completed. Kudos.