More Concept Sketches For Gates: Heavy Metal’s First Online Comicon February 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm
I love concept art. I actually even love to look at my own concept art for Gates the comic. To me when I look at the original ideas, it’s a time trip on how far things have progressed since I first began working on Gates the comic many years ago.
It’s one of my favorite things to see when I delve into something I’m “into”. I love a glimpse of the thought process of designing characters, worlds and other items important to a story. I remember as a kid, my mother and I would o to our local library and get books out. I’ll never forget the day I stumbled upon an art book of Ralph McQuarrie’s for Star Wars. At first I was kind of weirded out by the images because they were odd, almost elongated and were not measuring up to the ideals of what I thought Han Solo as Harrison Ford, or even Chewbacca, C-3PO or Yoda actually looked like. But the more I flipped through the book the more amazed I was at the evolution of the drawings and paintings and how they started off as just a sloppy sketch of Yoda looking more like a green Hobbit, to what Frank Oz actually created for The Empire Strikes back.
I was hooked and I couldn’t put the book down. And that was my first love of concept art.
I have been working on the idea for Gates the comic, since the late 1990’s and the story has evolved greatly since it first came into a thought form my brain to actual pieces of artwork. Below you will see a number of sketches from the very beginning of my conceptualization for Gates. These were all created long before I had started working with Heavy Metal magazine.
Here is another sketch of Kano, circa 2005, almost 1o years later. I lost the goofy Goatee and futuristic Egyptian attire. This is pretty much what he looks like to this day. hell, I may even use this as a panel in the comic!
Here is a sketch of a creature I originally had in mind as a type of steed used by the Animoids. Things have changed since but this creature still makes an appearance.
This is a sketch of a reptile like creature, I envisioned as a hunter.
Well, that’s it for this post. Trust me, I have TONS and TONS of images that I will be sharing with you through this journey I call Gates. If you have any questions about my process, leave them below and I will be sure to answer them!
Thanks – Hef