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DARK NORTON

Posted on September 6, 2012

What have I done? Been drawing like crazy, trying to tweak the Norton piece in the inked stage and they're all coming up rotten. Even this one, which is nice and loose, is too dark.



Hoping this weekend I can strike a balance between the looseness of this piece and the kinder version I posted earlier. Not sure if the whistle is going to make the cut.

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Comment by KEITH ROBINSON on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012...
It's a great illustration, but yes, a little too dark and mature for Norton's character; this guy looks like he's twenty-something. Then again, I thought the previous sketch looked a little anime-ish (a style I personally don't like). But keep it coming; you'll get there!

I'm wondering about the composition. I'm not sure a mugshot on its own is going to scream "buy me." It worked okay for Graham because he's a cute gargoyle, but Norton is much more human and so we're really just looking at a picture of a guy's head. I think the picture needs to have him doing something? Do you have something in mind? The whistle helped but maybe you have another idea now.

BTW, now I have the drawing bug as well! I want to have a go at a cover for Quincy's Curse...
Comment by BRIAN CLOPPER on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012...
Yeah, the headshot aspect started to bother me last night. I've got a new concept of Norton standing in the creepy woods from the book, looking overwhelmed and small. It gives me a chance to draw creepy trees and really showcase a great scene from the book.

I think the next Graham book will no longer do headshots, but start to show the larger cast in addition to Flenn and Graham since book three is going to have a big cast.

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