Doffers’ Theatre of the Unconscious #5

The fifth in a series of comics detailing the slumber-time adventures of a madwoman. This week’s comic is a bit of a cheat in that it only has one panel. But I reckon it’s a pretty good panel, and it tells you the whole story. Nothing much interesting or comprehensible happens in the rest of the dream but at least I got the chance to draw one very cool image.

That’s Doff rescuing my dog, Suzie, who can be seen in the post banner above too. In-progress pics and notes on some new inking and colouring techniques after the jump.

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Doffers’ Theatre of the Unconscious #4

The fourth in the series of Doff’s dreams translated into graphical goo.

This one is a bit rougher than the last because I didn’t have too much time to spend on it but I hope you enjoyed it anyway. Below is a sketch of the beast provided by the dreamer herself, for use as reference for this episode. Note the “pumpkin” mouth.

 Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Doffers’ Theatre of the Unconscious #3

Apologies for the delay but finally here’s the latest episode in Doff’s dream saga. Click the comic for a larger view.

Despite spending several hours wrestling with channel settings to get the colours to come out how they looked in Photoshop, this was a fun one to make. Plenty of swiping from Mike MIgnola’s drawing style and Dave Stewart’s colouring as I tried to mimic their tone for this little story. I’ve also been reading the DC Comics Guide to Colouring and Lettering Comics by Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein which I can’t recommend enough.

Layout thumbnails, notes, and inked page after the jump.

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Mini Dofferina

The header image above is of Doffers getting stuck in a bootleg Pokemon kids ride, wearing her favourite wolf hat. Taking inspiration from her choice in animal headgear and her life in ballet I came up with my next design.

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Doffers’ Theatre of the Unconscious #2

It’s time for my second installment of Doffers aka The D-Man’s dreams in comic form, now IN COLOUR with even more ANTARCTIC DWELLING CREATURES! Although I have a terrible eye for colour, looking at the super-vibrant work of the incredible Dan Hipp inspired me to at least add a little bit of colour to this one. This comic takes place at night, which also allowed me to keep it simple and muted. Click the image for a larger view.

I was told specifically that it was the Danny DeVito version of The Penguin from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns so that’s who I tried to depict, but turning it down a few notches on the creepy factor. 

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Doffers’ Theatre of the Unconscious #1

Here’s the first of a new series of comics based on the incredibly bizarre dreams of Doffers. This is my illustrated interpretation based on her own descriptions. This particular dream made me realise the high entertainment value in her slumbertime adventures, and may also give the reader some unknown insights into the workings of her twisted mind. I’ve been collecting notes on the best ones, gathering plenty of material for future installments. Hopefully I’ll post a new comic every week.

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