Tuesday, July 15, 2014

comicgate #8, "GEFALLEN": comic debut

did this "promo artwork" of liam & tara today (first two images above).

Better late then never! i am such a professional... totally forgot to promote my comic debut called "GEFALLEN" (german word with many meanings that fit the story, among others: "killed in action", "fallen", "pleased", "favour"). i signed it a few weeks ago and did some live commissions at the "16. International COMICSALON" in erlangen. the aaaawesome people from COMICGATE made it possible (i did the cover for #7 of their magazine back in 2012 if you remember):

it is a 14 pager! in colour! my own story, my own drawings! no restrictions (beside the number of pages ;)). lot's of sex, gore, religious criticism, a hero, a bad guy and H.P. Lovecraft!!! maybe you expect something else now, but it's all in there somewhere and good advertising i guess. :D

much, much love goes out to the COMICGATE-TEAM and all the people i met at our booth and elsewhere on the salon in erlangen, thanks for the interest, input and all the great conversations! you guys are fantastic! thank you!

if you want it, you can have it! click THIS link and order your issue of the eighth magazine called "Farbe" ("colour") directly from the COMICGATE-SHOP, or visit the kwimbi shop, your local comic store (germany, distribution: PPM) or get it from amazon later on (i'll update this post).


HERE is a short extract for you (the two pages from "GEFALLEN" i shared with this posting are at the very end inside that pdf too)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

once a day (true story, bro)

once a day (true story bro). today i sat in front of my old crappy pc and doodled around - like so often. finu, the big communicative personality in our midst (sister of the great sasu) also did what she usually do. normally i don't do these comic-blog-strips about me and my funny, awesome life and all the stuff that happens around me, especially not when it comes to my cats and their poop. i am so used to clean up behind finu (she has some... trouble with that, but hey, i do like her - seriously), that i normaly would never have thought that i would draw this one... but not today.

the whole world will know, finu. the whole world. muhahahaa.

hope you like.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Commission: "In aller Ehrlichkeit" (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)

i am back with a long overdue commission for a good friend. the finished drawing is called "In aller Ehrlichkeit" (means "in honesty and sincerity"). the assignment was simple: i should listen to a "King Arthur" audio book part called "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", read the relevant selfmade comic pages provided by the client and do my thing... fan art so to say. ;) it had to be analog and based on his creation. since i love to draw with a ballpen, i thought i'd give my own branded "ROADSIDE PICNIC/David Müller"-pens a go (originally produced as a handout for my thesis-exhibition a few months ago). so here you have it, hope you like. :)

i did this for the awesome Walter Pfau, a german artist i met two years ago on the "COMIC SALON" in Erlangen. he's doing a comic adaption of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", check out his unique style and the ambitious project over here:

beside the finished piece i posted detail shots and some work in progress photos. my scanner didn't catch all the detail (lines that where too soft vanished unfortunately), but i still like the digital outcome. maybe i am going to do a coloured version later on.

(100% hand-drawn blue ballpen painting, DIN A4 - black and white version via cs3)

Du hast das Original dann in ein paar Tagen, Walter! Den Kugelschreiber mit dem's gemacht wurde, leg' ich dir wie angekündigt natürlich bei... auch wenn der warscheinlich so gtu wie leer ist. Was lange währt... ;)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

THE FOREST fan art: "Sitten" (plus a map)

phew, long time nothing new - so here i am, back with a piece of fan art for the game "The Forest" (developed by Endnight Games), it's quite early in development and only available through early access right now, but i already felt in love with it. :)
this drawing lasted for so long, i never expected it to be such a hustle at first, to be honest... 30-40 hours of work, stuff i had to throw out again, because it wasn't for the best of the result (that one detailed cannibal on the right for example *rrrr*), over 2 gig in size and i don't know how many f***** layers, but it's finally finished (i think my old pc really appreciates that too :D) and before you ask: yes, there's a deeper meaning behind it. ;)

since you won't be able to see all the details in the small version, i also added some detail shots for you to actually spot all the tiny stuff going on and a WIP-gif (i hope it works like it should). if you already played the game, you'll be able to get it i guess, if not then i hope you're about to support the awesome boys and girls from Endnight Games and check "The Forest" out. enjoy!

oh, almost forgot to mention it: i also did a map for that game about two weeks ago. since the first sketch (done while exploring the island in-game), there has been a lot of updates for the digital version. i removed or corrected wrong stuff, added new stuff and did a complete overall since the first upload. i'll try to keep it up-to-date and will edit this posting to add the newest version, too. the response from the community was amazing and i am really glad that i could help so many gamers out there to find there way through the thicket. ;)

for more info about that map, you can check out my steam guide for it.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

happy ishtar egg

happy ishtar, folks! i visited my mom yesterday and stayed overnight, as we haven't seen each other since i've obtained my bachelor degree a few months ago. we've had a great time! good food a good movie (i brought my playstation 3 so that we could watch dat blu-ray quality ;)) and lots of talks till late at night. today she asked if we could paint some easter eggs... it's an deep-seated tradition for her: every year she's having a brunch with good friends and their children, arranges everything and then they are all painting easter eggs. :) as a child i really loved that day. she has that new pillow which she really loves, and since i wanted to paint something for her i picked the portrait of it for my 2014 egg (my last one is about 13 years old ;)).

it was really hard to get used to it again. the small, very fragile and distinct surface, the shaky hold - especially if you have to work with watercolours which are older then i am... true story, you needed water by the liter just to get them fluid again. before that they cracked into 100 pieces. my mom apologised and assured that they normally had better ones. :D anyway, at the end it somewhat worked - she's happy, so am i. hope you like, have a good time!

standard round brush, really old watercolours on a blown out egg.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

birthday present: "elesun"

another birthday present for another mom, this time for my girlfriends mother. she turns 60 in a few days and she loves elephants...
she's not really into the (hi-) tech internetz world, so i guess it's alright if i put it on already. fingers crossed, she doesn't check my blog until sunday. ;) this one is actually my first acryl-work and i quite enjoyed it. it's kinda hard to get the painting photocopied, so that it looks like in real life, but i am quite pleased with the outcome. scanned it. the black and white version is because i can (yeah, i know.. photoshop-hax!), the closer "tail shot" is from photo... please excuse the shaky WIP-photos, should have checked the quality after doing them.

this one has fun, riding the sun - for as long he wants. hope she likes that small dude!

i really have to do more as soon as possible (not desperately more elephants, i mean more of that dirty brush action).

stretched (mini) canvas, acryl on cotton 20cm x 20cm

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ALIEN ISOLATION fan art: "awaiting"

i am back with some fan art for the upcoming survival horror videogame "ALIEN: ISOLATION" by Creative Assembly. i called this one "awaiting" bcause Amanda can't wait and i can't wait. I started to work on this little piece a few days after the game was officially announced early in January. it was a must to scribble down that small idea and finally i've had the chance to finish it today. i hope you like the result. as you can see in the WIPs, it took me some time to find the proper style for this one - i tested realism, comic and simplified versions until i finally understood what it was, that felt wrong. Amanda wasn't really looking towards the "Sevastopol" in the first versions. fixed. There isn't a lot of detailed information about the story or the gameplay, i just had to draw something alien-related after it seems some dev's finally know how to treat the franchise right - properly speaking for first time in history. I hope you recognize Kezia Burrows (the actor for Ripleys doughter) and of course, that it's a good likeness of Sigourney too - even if she's not that obvious here. beside the WIP shots, i added some detail-cuttings of an early version of Amanda and Sigourney to compare them with the final ones, worth it i think. hope you like it! i am sooooo hyped for that game. can't wait. :D

(done with standard round brush from photoshop cs3, no textures, photos or custom brushes used)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Jack" concepts

Jack, Jack, Jack... plumb forgotten him. Concepts for "Scintilla" i did midyear in 2013 i think. the last one with the crazy goggles and fake mustache won...
Hope you like'em.

thesis: "Roadside Picnic", the missing cover #4

I am back, once again with thesis stuff: This is the cover artwork for "Number 4", the last one missing that i finally managed to finish just in time for the oral exam two days ago (i did it btw -> i am done: Bachelor of Arts, FU§% YEAH!)... i feel a bit sad about the fact that i haven't got that much time for this one, it looks bit rushed, especially compared to the other three in my opinion (as seen in the rough close-ups above...) - but i am glad that i managed to finish it at all, especially under all the strain and the overall circumstances of a final exam. So yeah, hope you like it! :)



"Glück für alle, umsonst, niemand soll erniedrigt von hier fortgehen!"

Monday, January 20, 2014

Herr Ludes

"Unter dem Himmel keinen Zweiten"

Guido Ludes was a professor of mine. He died the day after Christmas peacefully in the presence of his family after a long illness. He was just 64 years old. I painted this small portrait for the condolences book at the university, where everyone is allowed to write something down. The quote is in german language, an old japanese proverb which means "one of a kind".

I am glad that i had the chance to meet him.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"old friends"

I created this "portrait thingy" called "old friends" today as a little relief from the thesis stuff I did during the past few months. It's kind of a sequel to "decisions"; it depicts the grey bearded one and the guardian many years after the man found that poor creature in the cave. I liked the idea to fast forward a bit, since it tells you some stories they've experienced in the past just by looking at the two. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

thesis: "Roadside Picnic", a sci-fi graphic novel

I am finally back, bringing you the results of my work of the last three months. Believe it or not, but this is actually my thesis! The task, which I chose myself, was to transform my beloved sci-fi novel "Roadside Picnic" by Arkadi and Boris Strugatzky into a graphic novel (if you remember, I created "Red" and "Monkey" related fan art about three years ago). Since it really took quite a while to do the cover artwork (they are intended to be printed at a minimum size of DIN A2, most likely even bigger so you can almost walk into the pores and hide between these wrinkles) and because I drew all the sample pages with a ballpen (part of the concept), I don't have that much to show but I am very satisfied with the outcome. I will try to contact publishers about this and want to find out who's the current owner of the original rights. Maybe this is going somewhere.

Just so you know, I created three prototypes, one page page for each and a 140 pages "Making of" artbook. I plan to finish another cover artwork around feb 2014 and maybe another page, or even more pages for the oral exam and the exhibition afterwards. Hope you like 'em.

EDIT: Here's the Russian version (thanks for this goes to a friend of mine). Since I like the Cyrillic script a lot in these panels (and since it's a Russian book ;)), I replaced the German version (which is now linked underneath) with the Russian one. An English version will be added shortly.

here are some wip and detail shots for you: