New Site & Free Comic Book Day 2007!

Hey everybody! If you’re wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been busy on Owly, A Time to be Brave, and, as you can see, my site has gotten a complete overhaul! I basically started over from scratch to make the site easier to navigate, easier to update, and easier to house all kinds of new content including my Store, lots more Fan Art, a F.A.Q. section and, more importantly, longer entries like this one. :) Feel free to look around and check out all the new sections! Also, now that I have a little space to spread out, you can expect more in-depth entries like this one. And you can comment on the entries if you’d like! I figure I’ll try the feature out and see what happens. All feedback is greatly appreciated! :)

I’m currently hard at work on the Free Comic Book Day comic for this year. The book is all penciled out and will be done soon! You can see the cover above, but hey, seeing as how I have all of this space thanks to the new site, I thought I’d share the cover creation process with everybody! :)

The progression of a cover…

First, my meager little sketch. This little guy is only about 2 inches x 3 inches. I usually do lots of concept sketches to get the cover just right, but I kinda worked this one out in my mind and came up with the final concept pretty quickly. The story introduces a new character, Bunny, and I knew I wanted her and Owly potting plants with Wormy looking on.

I sent the sketch to Chris and Rob to get their feedback and once they approved it, I start inking. I scan my little sketch in, blow it up to comic size using my computer, print it out and use it as an underlay. Basically I trace over it and clean it up. It’s a lot of work to do this, and it would be much easier to just re-draw the whole thing, but I’ve found using this process lets me keep the original fun and excitement of that initial sketch. Inking is probably my favorite step because everything starts coming to life. The beginning of songs are always my favorite and this is kinda’ the same thing. :)

I decided to try coloring this one digitally with Painter and see how it worked. I thought about just painting it from the sketch, without inking, but I’ve found that I tend to move too many things around that way. Best to finalize the design in black and white by hand and then go to the computer. :)

I was going for a very happy, springtime look with this one. Last year the winter scene seemed a bit out-of-place seeing as how Free Comic Book Day takes place in May. :)

Oh! And if you’re wondering, Korgi is a new all-ages series from Top Shelf. It’s a silent and gorgeously illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl Ivy, her dog Sprout, and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hollow. It’s super-cute and exciting, plus Christian is a really cool dude!

So, Lemme know what you think of the site, the cover and everything else! All feedback is greatly appreciated. :)

Matthew said:

It’s about time, Andy!!! Glad to see you’re back!

Posted on February 10, 2007 @ 3:25 am

Iz said:

Hey Andy, just had a long snoop around the new site. It really is excellent! I love the early Owly sketches you did for your Mom – it’s cool to be able to have a look ‘behind the scenes’. Keep it up, well done! :) See you at SDCC!

Posted on February 15, 2007 @ 10:26 am

sen said:

i love the new site! i’m looking forward to dropping by and getting another owly book tomorrow at megacon, too :D

Posted on February 17, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

kelly said:

LOVE the new site, Andy!! Huge kudos!
ALso, big BIG thanks for making my son, Tristan’s day by posting his artwork on your fan site.
Looking forward to the next Owly!!

Kelly

Posted on February 18, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

mike said:

the new site looks awesome, andy!

Posted on February 20, 2007 @ 10:30 am

Brian said:

Hey Andy, new site and the cover look fantastic. I love the sketch section! Hoping to get one of those myself. Are you planning on going to Wizard World Chicago this year? I hope so. I’ve gotten my wife hooked on Owly and now we’re having a baby and want to his room in an Owly theme. I’m thinking a sketch by you personalized to our son would be the icing on the cake.

Looking forward to all the new stuff in April and May!

All the best,

Brian Wisniewski

Posted on February 24, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

Krishna said:

Andy – the new site looks positively smashing – well done! It was a pleasure to meet you at MegaCon – my wife and I both really enjoy your work and the stuffed Owly is just the perfect thing to brighten our day. We look forward to your next book!

Posted on March 1, 2007 @ 8:01 am

Savage said:

Slick site redesign. Good work!

Posted on March 6, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

Lynn said:

The new site design looks great! Much more roomy, with plenty of space. I loved seeing the little Post-It notes you wrote to your mom. Great work!

Posted on March 13, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

samri said:

I read the first book of owly!! I like how I can understand what is happening with out words. It is cute. ^;^

Posted on March 16, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

Carien said:

I love the new website.
I finally manged to get hold of ‘flying lessons’ this weekend and I love it! Your stories always make me cry and smile.

Posted on March 20, 2007 @ 4:37 am

Owly's Biggest Fan said:

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Awsome

Posted on January 31, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

Terry Nova said:

LOVE your blog, thanks for entertaining me
Hope there will be more posts soon
regards, terry
ps – sorry im not that good in writing in english because I came from europe – but i understand a lot

Posted on February 13, 2008 @ 4:37 am

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