Present day. Dusk. Horizontal view of a harbor with Chinese junks crowded together, basically a squalid floating ghetto. The lights of Hong Kong blaze in the background.
1. SUPERIMPOSED TITLE: HONG KONG
Another horizontal view, emphasizing the masts, rigging, and electrical wires crisscrossed above the junks. A blurry image of a man leaping--Spiderman style--in the gap between two of the masts. Night is getting darker.
High-angle shot of an elderly Chinese woman squatting on the deck of a junk. She’s surrounded by wash hanging on lines as she washes clothes in a bucket (remember, these people are poor). She’s looking up, surprised.
Close up of the woman as she continues to look up at the masts.
The pencil sketch:
You can appreciate Albertos' skill at persepective and rendering faces.
Next he inks the page.
And finally the color. In the old days, these three steps would be done by different artists but are now completed by one artist using graphics programs like Illustrator and PhotoShop.
Next is the lettering, also done now by computer instead of hand lettering, for the final copy. Manipulating the pages in digital format greatly simplifies the editing and correction process.
And here is Felix. When I first saw his picture as a vampire I said he needed a haircut and to bag the trench coat, which Alberto did.
I was asked for my concepts for issue #2. I wanted a crow and a picture of the Chinese vampire shaman.
Here's what I got. Felix looks much too Christ-like. Not him at all.
It was tweaked to this. Closer. In the script, Felix was shot off a ship but I thought the design could be improved.
And the final. Very nice. My favorite cover so far. Felix looks like a real bad ass.
Alberto had his ideas of what the shaman looked like and here is what he drew for the panels. Creepy dude.
And if you're curious what Alberto Dose looks like. He's worked in Argentina, Italy, Spain, and France and his work includes story boards for the TV show Rugrats. Alberto currently lives in Burbank, CA.
Talk to you after RT!