Monday, 4 August 2008

daintree tropical rainforest

Here some pics from our recent trip up to the Daintree rainforest in north queensland. Inspiration for Uncle Silas if ever there was one. I'd been previously to New Zealand's south island 10 years ago which really kicked off my obsession with this kind of natural setting, and the Daintree was a brilliant refresher to everything I love about it. The feeling of being absolutely surrounded by nature in all it's thick, fertile, uncontrollable lushness is very humbling and primal. Loggers once raped this forest for it's 'Red Gold' gum trees- at one point worth more on the international stock exchange (ounce for ounce) than pure gold. Considering the rate of logging occurring in the Amazon I'd say it's value is beyond compare now.
Not that this pressing need to keep our priceless old growth forests from destruction stops loggers in Australia...

Of course, just off the coast of the Daintree is the Great Barrier Reef. More than likely, the setting for the 3rd Uncle Silas story. Again- absolutely beautiful. 

pencils finished!

... kind of. I've finally got them all down, but there are a couple of patches that I need to go over and tweek a bit, and a couple of frame sequences that I'm not happy with so they'll need revision too. I'll do them when I catch up to them in the inking part, which is now! I'm inking straight into photoshop with my wacom tablet and trying to replicate the brush style I started with on paper all those years ago. I don't have any special brush I just use the default one in the brushes pallet and try to get a quick and lush line. If anything- command+Z is my friend, my lover, my wise uncle, my conscience, my harsh critic... Especially with all those smooth bloody lines... what was I thinking?!? I wonder if I wasn't better off inking it like I do with Kookabarry...