In a post on her artistic techniques, Colleen Doran reveals that she’s working on a graphic novel with Neil Gaiman, to be published by Dark Horse. The two previously collaborated on issues of THE SANDMAN.
The post wpould be interesting in its discussion of pencilling techniques alone!
My pencil technique is exactly the opposite of what they teach now in art school. I do not use the side of the pencil, or graphite. I use the sharp tip of the pencil, and build up everything from hundreds of strokes. This is the way old masters drew back in the day with silverpoint. It’s a look I love, but almost no one does it because it is so laborious. The popular prejudice is for the 1950-ish commercial art drawing style. I like that, but it’s not what I want to do myself.
I am using this technique on the new Neil Gaiman graphic novel I am doing for Dark Horse. You can imagine how happy I am to be doing this project! The drawings will then be colored with thin washes of watercolor, digitally, or both.
The drawing above of Thessaly and the Sandman is a commission piece and not a sneak peek at the book.
As for what this book might be about…we’ll have to call out the legion of internet detectives for that.
She is also currently adapting a Neil Gaiman short story into graphic novel form for Dark Horse, which will be released in 2012.
Thanks to detective Synsidar for the ground work on this.
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