Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Wanna join the JAZAM! gang?

All the info you need (sorry, only German):

Das Thema für JAZAM! Vol. 3 steht fest: "ZEIT". Die dritte Ausgabe unserer Comicanthologie soll kurz vor dem Comicsalon Erlangen im Mai 2008, wo wir auch einen Stand haben werden, erscheinen. Bitte lest euch die folgenden Informationen aufmerksam durch, wenn ihr einen Beitrag beisteuern möchtet!

JAZAM! Vol. 3 soll wieder möglichst kostengünstig aber in guter Qualität gedruckt werden. Der Band ist keine kommerzielle Produktion und wird zum Selbstkostenpreis vorwiegend über die eigene Homepage verkauft. Wahrscheinlich können wir wieder einen Rabatt für die Mitwirkenden anbieten.

Das Thema "Zeit" kann und soll frei interpretiert werden. Hier sind z.B. Geschichten über Zeitreisen, Zeitsprünge, Zeitempfinden, Zeitmangel, Zeitgeist, Zeitepochen oder das Altern denkbar. Comics über das Nahen der JAZAM!-Deadline sind allerdings nicht erwünscht, außer sie sind außerordentlich innovativ. Ein Genre oder Stil ist nicht vorgegeben, es muss nur einen deutlichen Bezug zum Überbegriff haben. Dass die Geschichte einfach nur in der Zukunft oder der Vergangenheit spielt oder dass in ihr auf normale Weise Zeit vergeht, reicht also nicht, der Begriff „Zeit“ sollte schon explizit thematisiert werden.
Da wir auch ein Forum für den Comic-Nachwuchs bieten wollen, werden wir wieder keine unerreichbare Qualitätsmesslatte anlegen, aber allein aufgrund der mit hohen Seitenzahlen verbundenen Mehrkosten muss ein bisschen Auslese sein.

Wenn Ihr tatsächlich einen Comic machen wollt, gebt uns bitte möglichst bald per E-Mail oder im Comicforum Bescheid und nennt am besten auch die ungefähre Seitenzahl, damit wir für den Druck besser kalkulieren können. Für die Anmeldung gibt es keine Deadline, frühzeitige Meldungen sind uns aber am liebsten. Die Comicgeschichten sollten 1-8 Seiten lang sein, einseitige Galeriebilder sind auch möglich. Bis zu 10 Seiten können in Ausnahmefällen eingereicht werden, allerdings nur, wenn die Qualität uns wirklich voll und ganz überzeugt. In diesem Fall bitte vorher Arbeitsproben zeigen! Wer nur zeichnen aber nicht schreiben mag (oder andersrum), kann uns auch Bescheid geben, dann vermitteln wir etwas.

Format: Zielformat 170x260 mm + 3mm Beschnitt (insgesamt also 176x266 mm, wobei die äußersten 3 mm auf allen Seiten nach dem Druck abgeschnitten werden, um weiße Streifen/Blitzer zu vermeiden)
Achtung! Das Format (US-Standard) entspricht nicht genau den Proportionen von DIN A3 oder A4!

Farbe: außer dem Cover komplett in Graustufen.

Lettering: Die Schrift bleibt euch natürlich selbst überlassen, allerdings wollen wir bitte nicht das grauenhafte "Comic Sans MS" sehen! Auch Standardschriften wie Arial oder Times New Roman funktionieren in Sprechblasen oft nicht so toll. Schaut dann lieber mal bei Blambot vorbei!

Künstlerporträts: Am Ende des Buches gibt es wieder eine Zeichner- und Autorengalerie. Wer schon bei den letzten Malen dabei war, kann es einfach dabei belassen und muss uns nur schreiben, wenn etwas (z.B. Alter!) geändert werden soll. Bei Neulingen brauchen wir ein 25x30 mm großes Selbstporträt oder Foto (als TIFF in Graustufen und min. 300 dpi) und einige Infos: Name, Alter/Jahrgang, Wohnort, Homepage (wer keine hat, kann auch seine E-Mail-Adresse angeben), ein Satz über euch (max. 55 Zeichen) und Veröffentlichungen (wahlweise auch Projekte).
Kürzungen vorbehalten.

Wichtig: Deadline für die fertigen Comics ist voraussichtlich Anfang April 2008 (ein genauerer Termin folgt in den nächsten paar Tagen)
Es würde sicher nicht schaden, wenn ihr uns vorher ein paar Zwischenschritte zeigt, was auch verhindert, dass jemand einen fertigen Comic macht, der es dann möglicherweise aus Qualitätsgründen nicht ins Buch schafft.
Wenn die Comics ganz fertig sind, schickt sie bitte zuerst als JPEGs in Web-Auflösung per Mail an uns, damit wir zum Beispiel Schreibfehler im Voraus ausmerzen können. Danach wollen wir die Seiten als TIFF-Dateien (Graustufen, min. 300 dpi).
Alle Comics bitte an mich senden, am besten per E-Mail.
Wenn jemand die Seiten auf CD per Post schicken möchte, hier ist meine Adresse:

Adrian vom Baur
Theresienstr. 11
80333 München

Unsere Homepage (dort kann man weiterhin Vol. 2 bestellen, Vol. 1 ist vorübergehend vergriffen)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Horrorschocker

I have recently inked an illustration for issue #15 of the German horror comic book series "Horrorschocker", which is available now. It's a pretty good issue, so if you like scary comics, order it here. I'm probably going to do some more work for them in the future. Meanwhile, I'm also working on an 8-page story for the sci-fi comic book Perry - Unser Mann im All.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

digital painting exercise

I've almost not done any painting at all for the last year or so and therefore thought I should give it another try. I painted this after a great photo reference by photographer Tom Stone. I kinda lost patience when I got to the hat and sweater, but spent a lot of time on the facial details. Here's the result:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

life drawing again

The new semester has started and there is now a weekly life drawing course for all design students, which I find mighty cool. These are some of the results from yesterday's session:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

lifelines

In my illustration course last semester I drew a few of these somewhat abstract black and white drawings which are really relaxing to do. They came about in a rather subconscious way and so I'd prefer not to explain them. I would like everyone to see in them whatever they want. :)


The first one is quite big (70x100 cm) and drawn with drawing ink and a big brush, the other three are smaller (A3) and done with a Copic brushpen.

Feel free to leave a comment!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oh nein! Ich bin ein Kerl!

I've just participated in another comic jam project at the Comicforum.de. The comic is about a little girl, Sally, who wakes up one day to discover she turned into a fat ugly dude with a beard. Each artist draws and writes one page of the hilarious gender-switch story. On my page, she meets her best friend who - of course - doesn't recignise her. I drew this one in a pretty short amount of time so it doesn't look exactly spectacular. I hope it's funny though. See the other pages here.


By the way, the other Comicforum jam project Tom's Journey (see two posts below) continues to thrive and has been updated with new backgrounds and an English translation of the text:

Sunday, August 12, 2007

dude with a sword

I drew this one mainly to try a more classical inking style because I hardly ever do any hatching and use too few blacks. I know there are some anatomical kinks in it and the composition isn't exactly exiting, but maybe it still works?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Wenn Tom eine Reise tut ...

For the last few weeks I've been very busy with university stuff and therefore didn't find any time to post new stuff on the blog. But now the semester is over and I can finally concentrate on some new stuff. I'll post some of the recent university works in the next few days.

Today, I did an image for a very cool jam project from the Comicforum.de. It's basically a giant continuous image with background segments by various artists, on which the thread-starter, Boris Zatko, later adds the main character, Tom.

The complete jam (so far) can be seen here:


And this is my new background:

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

nature sculpture

Last week, I went to the alps with a course from university and spent the time creating Land Art. We lived in a hut without electricity or warm water and had to climb up the mountain for three hours to get there but it was a great experience. This is the object I created out of natural materials and without any tools whatsoever:

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

the new JAZAM! website

The new website for JAZAM! Vol. 2 just went online.

JAZAM! is a German comics anthology book on which I did the layout, one of the comics, and much of the editorial work. For the second issue, 40 awesome artists contributed over 160 pages of comics and illustrations. I daresay it is much better than the last issue and definitely worth checking out. On the website, you can read a 10-page pdf preview and pre-order the book. There's also a little bonus for early purchasers.

For contributors, the first two issues ordered will be reduced (10€ instead of 12).

We're gonna present, sign and sell the new JAZAM! at the Munich Comicfestival starting June 7. I hope some of you will stop by and say hello.

Behold the magnificent cover by Steven Bagatzky:

Sunday, May 27, 2007

the final Spacken

The jury didn't really like my last entry, but I'm not giving up and trying again in the final round. This is my final entry for Der Goldene Spacken 2007:

Description: "Mit seinem neuen Outfit hatte Thorsten es endlich geschafft, seinen Individualismus in Perfektion zum Ausdruck zu bringen." (With his new outfit, Thorsten finally achieved to perfectly express his individualism.)

You can see the other entries of the week on this page. The judges will hand in their evaluations for the final round by next saturday.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

page one of my JAZAM! comic

This is the first page of my entry for the comics anthology book JAZAM! which I am currently layouting:

The book will be out in June and sold at the Munich Comicfestival. More info coming soon!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

more Spacken

After getting to the second/third (tie) place last week, I have once more participated in the Saturday Night Spack contest. Maybe I'll manage to fully convince the jury with this entry:

Description: "Zu Reggi tanzt der Riese Ehlmüller am liebsten." (Reggi is what Ehlmüller the giant likes to dance to the most.)

You can see the other entries of this week on this page. The judges will hand in their evaluations for the second round by next saturday.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Saturday Night Spack

Der Goldene Spacken is an art contest that is held each year to promote the publication of a new issue of the German comix anthology Panik Elektro. This year, the topic of the book (no. 5) is "Disco", so the contest is all about drawing dancing weirdos.
This is my first entry:

Description: "Heute Nacht war Günther Wurschtelkratz der König des Dancefloors." (Tonight, Günther Wurschtelkratz was the king of the dancefloor.)

You can see the other entries on this page. The judges will hand in their evaluations for the first round by saturday. I won second place three years ago and I hope to have a little success this time, too.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

new life drawings

Some life drawings from the past few weeks:


I'm actually quite happy with most of these. Those regular life drawing lessons at university really help me to improve my drawing skills steadily.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

photo self portraits

Since I don't have anything new to show at the moment, I'm just posting some self portraits I made for my photography class a few months ago:

Friday, March 30, 2007

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

music

As some of you might know, I'm not only a comic artist, I also sing in a rock band. The name of the band is "Synapsengeflüster" and we just recorded a new song which is now available on our MySpace profile. The song is called "Der Egozentriker" (all our lyrics are in German). It's the first time I've written all of the lyrics.


We also have a website (which I designed).

Saturday, March 24, 2007

life drawings

Last week, we did some life drawing at university. The first sheet contains some quick one minute sketches, the other two drawings took about 15 minutes.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

drawing class

I drew those two pictures a few weeks back after photo references from a "drawing class" in the Comicforum:

See the references and other interpretations here.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

JAZAM! Vol. 2 preview


These are the first two panels from the short comic I am currently working on. It's going to be published in the second volume of the German anthology book JAZAM! which I am editing and layouting. Check out the website!
The story was written by Nico Simon and is going to be 6 pages long, the first of which I just finished.

ink portraits

Some ink brush portraits I drew at university:











first post

Finally, I have my own blog! I have grown tired of updating my old homepage lately and I thought a blog would be a good way to get my stuff online fast.
I'm starting it with this drawing of my girlfriend and myself:

I drew this as an anniversary gift to her. I took lots of pencil sketches until I got the resemblance right. The final image was inked digitally with Painter and I'm relatively happy with the result. My hair is shorter now, though. ;)

see y'all soon
ADRIAN