In my graphic novel Salamanca Blues I imagined how life could be in a distant future in Spain once most of its land has become a desert. The story starts in the ruins of Salamanca where a religious order controls the population with fear and superstition.
I actually lived the first three years of my BA in Fine Arts in Salamanca so I'm very familiar with its architecture and climate. It's a gorgeous city made of golden stones and its very hot in summer.
These are some of the early concept art paintings I did to visualize the mood, lighting and colour palettes of the environments for my story. The buildings I painted are inspired by real buildings of Salamanca.
I'm fascinated by the lizards and enormous insects that there are in Salamanca and these are very important in my comic story. I got inspired by the Ocellated Lizard to design one of the main creatures of my comic:
As I developed the script further, I decided that I didn't want a serious and realistic look for my story. I wanted a touch of humor and a stylized look for my characters, creatures and environments so I worked further on the lizard to design one with a more unique look:
I liked the previous lizard studies were but they didn't reflect the mood that I wanted so I developed further the design and here you can see the final lizard in one of the panels of my comic:
I wrote an article for Broken Frontier where I give in-depth insight about the research and creative process I used to create Salamanca Bllues, you can read it here.
I worked a lot on the characters of this story. Here you can see the early studies I did to design the main protagonists: the hunter, the illusionist and the priest.
Below there's a selection of the character expressions that are already on the final pages of my comic. Here you can also see the final look of the three protagonists:
I prepared the following sequence of images to show how I created one of my final comic pages: the initial sketch, the composition thumbnail study, and the final rendered page with the line art that I drew in Spetchbook Pro and the final colouring I did in Photoshop.
Salamanca Blues Part 1: Sand is finished and I self-publiched it with a crowdfunding. You can read a review of my comic by Andy Oliver from Broken Frontier here