Just a quick update to let y’all know that issue 6 of Moth City will be out next week (Wednesday the 4th of December) over at Comixology and on our own store. If you’re a Comixology reader now would be a great time to either catch up, or review the issues you’re already read over at the Moth City series page.
And just because I hate doing blog posts without images here’s a little process image from a panel that became the cover of issue six.
Last time you watched me refine Dr. Boyes in Photoshop, this time we’re going to see the 3D Modeling process at approx 1000000000000x the original speed.
I actually spent most of my hours (and educational dollars) siting in a dark lab working on Animation rather than Illustration. There’s a good (drunken story) reason for this, but I won’t go into it here. Suffice it to say that it was my Animation reel and my facial hair that got me into Weta. Then I just worked really long hours and absorbed (read: Steal) everyone’s illustration techniques for a few years before they let me get paid for it.
As you can probably tell, I never really left 3D animation behind, and I often employ it in my illustrative work. I seemed like a good idea to use it for my Moth City comic, which you should be reading (weekly) here. I’m not so sure, but it did mean that I got to relearn rigging 10 times over.
Coming up next time we’re going to purge ourselves of the grey-scale world of Maya, and get to inking and colouring Dr. Boyes. Ahh…. much better.
Don’t forget to check out Moth City’s latest comics at the main page (or just click the MC logo at the top of the page). And if you want to see more of my animation work, you can check out the original launch teaser for Moth City.
“A fresh take on the murder mystery that lives at the intersection of detective fiction, noir-horror and manhua comics.”
Moth City is a compact manufacturing island given to the American tycoon, Governor McCaw, by the Chinese Nationalist government. In exchange McCaw is to outfit the movement’s vast army as it attempts to destroy the communists and unite the worlds greatest nation. New high-rise weapons plants are built, crushing the ruins of oriental temples beneath their foundations, while the local populace fairs no better under McCaw’s rule.
Now, after a brazen and bizarre murder, McCaw must reveal the island’s secrets before his city’s inhabitants, and everything he has built, is wiped out by the warring factions.
Tim spent three years illustrating worlds, characters and monsters for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, with film credits including Tintin, District 9 and Avatar to his name. ‘Moth City’ is the project he’s been secretly working on along the way. He has convinced a New Zealand government arts funder (Creative New Zealand) to partially fund ‘Moth City’ as an online comic, which allows him to do strange things like post it online for free. Tim lives with his fiancée in Wellington, NZ. When he’s not writing or drawing, he spends his time reading Elmore Leonard, Stephen King and Agatha Christie, and ogling the art of David Mazzucchelli.