Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Sorry about not putting up some stuff in a while, things just got a bit wild. On one end the NEW WORLD pages are coming off a good nice good clip, although on the other hand,.. on the other hand, I am thinking of painting this sucker by hand. Between pages, I like to get some concept work done, small little things, that make me think ahead visually to were I am going to go. This time, during a break, those concept sketches started to really point the way into a new direction color wise. There are things that a brush can do, that computers just can't get to yet. Its a nice thought actually, that a thousand year old invention some hair and a stick can still kick the crap out of the digital age. Wet meets dry. Opaque meets transparent. The brush opens up at the last minute. Something happens that one could never plan.
Things happen on that painted page, that is magic to me. So here is a vote, how many of you would like to see a painted version of Rocketo?
I started with some concept work for climax of one of the books.
Trying to get a feel for how our technology would look in the future, a future that has had to reinvent itself along a different philosophy, it would be closer to magic, their machines would be more like idols. One of the bad guys, has reached a machine that is part living organism, part dimensional gateway.

Here are some concepts for Lucerne, the land that rules the world. My original thinking was to have a city that was so lovely, so beautiful to look at that it would dazzle the eyes. The buildings would resemble giant trees, acorns, floating gardens, a sort of fake natural world,
to make its citizens happy and proud, so they can ignore the horror that Lucerne does around the planet. That big green Acorn is the King's palace, a super large city in its own right.
Back to the drawing board.

Best to all of you.


  1. Frank, as a huge fan of your work, I would support what ever you did to present YOUR creative vision to us.

    I think painting it would be awesome. Photoshop is always there to fix up, clean up, touch up, whatever, if necessary. You could play with using both, as some artists do these days. But whatever you do, I know it will be awesome.


  2. gorgeous stuff Frank... Im in love with the painted stuff.. sooo great! thank you for, and please keep sharing!

  3. Paint! Your stuff is great

  4. Wow... I love to see the process and I really dig these paintings. Thanks for the insight again...and I think using combined techniques would be really interesting like Kev said. Whatever you choose, please keep them coming!

  5. Dude! Enough with the painting. I'll be old and grey by the time that book comes out. :)

    It does look beautiful though.

  6. beautiful sketches and beautiful book.

  7. Thank you all so much for your inspirations!!
    It means a lot, your words keep the New World fresh and alive.
    And you, Glen my friend, you are old and grey anyway.
    So wait a little, you have an amazing book yourself.
    Best to all

  8. I vote for painting, even if it's a very short 4 to 8 page story.

    I'd love to see some Rocketo in a style similar to what you did for PopGun08.

    Quoting Rorschach in the Watchmen: Just do it =)