Saturday, 21 September 2013

Prehistoric Pencil Art!

For a while in the late 1980s/early 1990s I used to pencil my pages onto thin paper, then trace the finished version in ink onto Bristol Board via the glow of a Lightbox. Eventually I went back to just penciling and inking on the same board as I found using the Lightbox a bit of a strain on the eyes. 

I threw away most of my penciled pages once the inked versions saw print, but I did keep some. Case in point the penciled page for a chapter of Combat Colin's Prehistoric Adventure that appeared in The Transformers No.280 (28th July 1990). 

I don't sell my inked Combat Colin pages but I am selling this penciled version on eBay at present. (Auction ends tomorrow, Sept.22nd). I know some collectors like to see the pencil art so they can see the construction of the strip. If you're interested, visit my eBay page by clicking here

And if you're curious to how the finished version turned out, here it is:


Peter Gray said...

It is interesting to see the process...I like your page layouts in each panel..
Hey you're good!! ;0)

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Peter! They were good days, drawing those strips.

Tiniebras said...

I've wondered for a while Lew, how did you produce the Yampy Tales pages? Did you start with these pencils again and extend the panels directly at the inking stage?

Anonymous said...

YIKES! 23 years ago!!! Was I even alive then? Yes, I was. You do come in for some criticism sometimes, but certainly not on this occasion, this page looks cool and I enjoyed reading it too. I especially liked the squiggly panels. Were the Giggly Sisters based on Melanie and Martina from Fun House?

Lew Stringer said...

Criticisms? You're making me paranoid, Anon. :)

The Giggly Sisters were originally inspired by The Pigeon Sisters from The Odd Couple movie.

Lew Stringer said...

For the Yampy Tales reprints I actually pasted new bits of artwork onto my originals! Yes, a foolish thing to do in retrospect, as it means they no longer appear in their original form. Still, never mind. I was pleased with the finished results and it made the serials flow better.