Mere Mortal Sketchbook

The project blog for Shelley's prospective webcomic.

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother series.

Taken in Nipomo, California in Februrary of March of 1936. More information available from the loc.gov page.

I’ve been using a whole lot of Dorothea’s photographs as source imagery for various scenery and characters.

Here’s the first comic, fresh off the burner. Although the strip isn’t officially live yet, I’m posting it here in hopes of garnering some feedback or public interest. Enjoy!   
   

Character study for the protagonist, Joshua Pharaoh. Two-thirds Cherokee, three-thirds hoss.

Character study for the protagonist, Joshua Pharaoh. Two-thirds Cherokee, three-thirds hoss.

Based on a death photo of outlaw Ned Christie, c. 1892.

Based on a death photo of outlaw Ned Christie, c. 1892.

Colored this establishing shot of the Chicago Theatre yesterday, but I don’t think I’m going to be using it, so to the dump it goes.

Colored this establishing shot of the Chicago Theatre yesterday, but I don’t think I’m going to be using it, so to the dump it goes.

Been fleshing out characters for the first few comics, these are early sketches for Charlie. Unfortunately the ink bled through either side of the page, simulating fleshy stubble in some unlikely areas.

Some colorings of Jens Bergensten, current lead programmer for Minecraft, who I used to do game design work for in a former lifetime. See him here as Swedish, Irish, and as a member of a mariachi band!

Some colorings of Jens Bergensten, current lead programmer for Minecraft, who I used to do game design work for in a former lifetime. See him here as Swedish, Irish, and as a member of a mariachi band!

Character design sheet for Louie, a Chicago radio host slated to be the narrator. Loosely based off the revered Studs Terkel.

Character design sheet for Louie, a Chicago radio host slated to be the narrator. Loosely based off the revered Studs Terkel.

To start off this tumblr: some character design sketches for Ezekiel, the co-protagonist of Mere Mortal Blues. These also serve as a color test for his outfit.