View Full Version : Black Wings (WIP)

10-15-2004, 02:53 PM
yes... a WIP. not only because I want to do this, but just to get your ideas before I start getting deeper in to this.

One evening in the comicsclass, we a free to work on our own chosen project,
not an assignment.

I decided to illustrate a song of Tom WAITS: BLACK WINGS (from the album Bone Machine).

Thus far I've tried to get an idea on the content of the pages, an overall story, and what I want to put on them; and sketches.
I've scanned it all in and started fiddling with my PC and get a layout together for the six pages. I wanted my thoughts and ideas in hard copy.

The next steps will be to work out the sketches to real colored illustrations (I'll probably use mostly browns and blacks, except for page 5 where I'll need to emphasise that this is actually a flashback) and correct the lyrics (there are some mistakes in there)

I would really like to know what you think now before I move on.
- Is the story I've put behind the song clear?
- Is what you see in the sketches any good? Any obvious errors?
- Any suggestions on what words to emphase?
- Any other suggestions?

PS. Axl, this is the project I talked about when I said I was getting inspiration from your "black and white" (I guess that obvious, no?)... I'll use "Angelwings" as inspiration for the coloring... (If you still agree :wink2: )

10-15-2004, 03:00 PM
of course I forgot so resize and upload them.... :o

10-15-2004, 03:01 PM
and page 6

10-15-2004, 09:57 PM
Wow Fylia,

That is good work for starts! I love the layout and the insets. You are keeping the flow going too. I will have to look at this more to let it all sink in, but at first glance, I think you've done a wonderful job at illustrating this song!

I am going to be watching this progress with eagerness!


10-20-2004, 03:02 AM
Little update.

Last night I showed it to the class and we came to the following conclusions:
- The lyrics themselves don't really contain a story; only a few strong scentences and descriptions, which would make some nice illustrations
- The story I've distilled from the lyrics is OK (
* One man once received a bible as a gift for saving a
baby from drowning.
He liked the babies mother very much.
Bible is a remembrance to her
page 5, is supposed to be a flashback; Will get a different color scheme;

* Another man takes it from him at gunpoint (Page 1)
* They start chasing each other (Page 2)
* Whatever they do, he can 't be stopped, he must have that bible back
* Untill they finally stand before each other in an old fashioned Wild West
Duel (Page 3)
* The bad guy is killed (with a guitar string),
and our hero walks away with his bible, the rememberance of an old love.

We decided to drop the idea of illustrating the song, and try to get the story as strong as possible by putting different; but more descriptive words to the illustrations.

Maybe I'll try do scramble the words from the lyrics to build up a story, or of that doesn't work, try to find my own...

I should have used a more "storytelling" song to start with.

01-12-2005, 02:22 AM
Finally an update on this.
It took me quite a while to get this thing going.
The first scetches were easy enough, but to make something out of it wasn't that easy.

During the holidays I spent quite some time getting my first page done.
I made 3 different drawings, painted them with acrylics and then put them together with photoshop and
added the lyrics to it.

This is what it currently looks like
Any remarks are welcome.

Translation of the lyrics:
"Nobody knew who he was, but they've all seen him.
They called him "bible", after the book he was always carrying and reading.
He was a stranger, and I don't like that."

"I would teach him a lesson and I challenged him to a poker game. At stake: his bible"

"'Don't touch it" he warned me, 'or you'll be sorry'"

"But I played the game my own way..."