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SPIKE graphic novel project -- teaser by oomizuao SPIKE graphic novel project -- teaser by oomizuao
Yesterday, I took a break from all my obligations and whatnot, and decided I wanted to try drawing some actual comic pages for "SPIKE" the Graphic Novel. I haven't drawn comic pages - other than humorous, single page comics - in what's got to be years now. What's always stopped me is that I have several ideas for how each panel should look, which makes it hard to decide which shot to go for, which in turn just ends up postponing it all because I'm so indecisive. So, yesterday, I figured I should just make comics like I did when I was fourteen: back then I started out with an idea for a dialogue + action, and just drew panel by panel, coming up with things as I went. I did almost the same thing yesterday, at least followed the same go-with-the-flow idea. I had a dialogue and a scene ready planned and played out in my head, but I wrote down the dialogue first. Then I drew thumbnail page sketches, tiny and quick little drawings in each tiny little panel. That ended up being a quick, improvised script of - so far - four pages. After the thumbnail sketches / page layouts were done, I re-drew them on A3 sized paper, sketching it out in a bigger and more detailed way. I managed to draw two pages that day, which I'm very happy with having done :) I mean, sure, the sketches could probably have been done better and the panels planned better, especially in page two, but I'm very happy that I actually managed to sit down and get started on the graphic novel, despite having started right in.. I dunno, chapter 30-something?? :XD:

I've blurred out the text, sorry... but I wanted to show you this as a sort of proof that I've actually started :boogie:
And for the sake of uploading something. I haven't uploaded anything new in forever, and I've been very absent from DA, so my apologies for that... :c
Truth is I think I'll have my hands full with real life stuff, commissions and my job and whatnot, and the few times I have the "time off", I'll try to spend it on writing or drawing "SPIKE". So... I'll check by DA every now and then, but I might not be as active for the next two months. After the middle of May, I've got my summer vacation to do lots and lots of artsy stuff! :D looking forward to that ^u^

I hope you guys like this :)
Also let me know if you don't want me to show you teasers like this..? I'll try not to show you any major spoilers ^^; but let me know if any of you would like me to keep all the pages secret until I've finished the graphic novel. :)

art and characters and the "SPIKE" project (C) Elise Marie Syvertsen / oomizuao 2014
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djyegi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  New Deviant
Great job im working on a comic to keep it up
JenniFeary Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep saying it but you are a total pro at showing different emotions. Bravo! 
FaceTrip Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your use of facial expressions are very well done
That1guy463 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Writer
LET. ME. READ. *_*
bigbelly3 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
is cool.
EFFECTEDJOE Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015   General Artist
OMG so excited!!
UshuaiaWhitewolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
I want to support your work. I cannot wait to be able to buy this. 
delusionalunicorn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
KinmaBrightmoon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015   General Artist
man I love this! I wish my stuff could look this good.
Bu1lfr0g16 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i would too :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
ZitroneAaron42 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
I would buy it.
CandyCornFields Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would LOVE to see more of this! <3

I actually always thought that the "graphic novel" was gonna be, like, a book with a lot of text and then a few pictures every now and then, and not a "comic". But well, I never really got what a graphic novel actually was (since English isn't my first language) ^^' But this is way more awesome! I'm even more excited now! And I didn't even think that was possible..
Keep up the amazing work Elise, and always remember that you've got a ton of people who love and support what you do. Even though you might not always have that much time right now to post lots of stuff here on dA, we'll be there for you through thick and thin <3

Lots of love from Denmark
Vorchin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
graphic novels are longer than comic books and they have more details and content so they are basically the same.
AlexWolfieHowl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's awesome !Heart 
Tikonka Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I just can't wait to see finished comic :3
PreciousFrostie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
are you gonna finish this comic and post it??
I Really really really want to read this,
awesome art by the way :)
KatieKayla-product Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Go girl! This looks amazing
tokifox Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I can't wait longer than maybe say 6 months, so a half a year for the book and this comic... Please i beg of you release the book and this comic soon!!! ( Starts hyperventilating )
Degusish Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
M3ls-Hyl14n-T1m3Lord Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bazted Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very emotional *. *
WinterOcelot Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
This is looking amazing so far! I love the way you compose your comics, and the body language and expressions on your characters look great!
reddog-f6 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*smashes preorder button* :iconbuttonpressplz:
SirNait Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I would like to keep seeing them ! And OMG chapter 30(!?) I want to read them All !! So badly ! >_> but i'll wait...
Teroi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!! please keep that line of work, IŽd really liked to read more from Spike.
KFWisely Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks great :D
Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. This is so exciting!
It looks fantastic! ^.^
I can't wait to see more (if there will be more, that is)!
RebekahKroeplin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
This is amazing!  And it's the sketch!  OH MY GOSH!
ooMormunaoo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
CreativePr0cess Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Tbh I like Sam's other design better... Unless this is him when he is older. Meh, that would make sense. -fades into the shadows-
xxHikaruLoverxx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bought a comic you made a few years ago and I never thought you would have had a deviant. I'm norwegian :D
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great. I love that you broke through your block by doing things the way you did when you were younger! As we get older (and better ;) ) we put so much more pressure on ourselves for everything to be just right...

Looks like it worked out just fine for you! Good luck! ^___^
Zanon16 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I'd love to read the remaining chapters because *dem feels and tearsa*
ZigzMURDER Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is awesome. Could you possibly tell me what kind of pen/pencil you were using. 
oomizuao Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thank you! :)  I'm using a mechanical pencil and Pilot Color Eno 0.7 red lead :)
Pooom-Ash Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I CAN'T WAIT TO BUY SPIKE THE GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the update! >w<
aoimyuu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much, for the update and for the details on how you started drawing the comics!  I made a few small comics in high school (before i got into digital art) and i haven't since b/c i just couldn't decide how to start...that's really helpful!

I am SO EXCITED to read a Spike graphic novel!!  Your stories and art are the BEST!
SheNewBreed Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dun yell at Saunders! He's so awesome! D: Haha
This looks great! I loved reading it, and I would love reading it again and seeing it. x) Keep up the great work!
joulester Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is captivating stuff. I love it.
AnimaDragonLibra Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I was imagining the conversation here, Sam seems to be upset with Saunders, at least that's what feels obvious. It would seem Sam's words are a bit alarming to Saunders, perhaps even in a way that makes him feel a little hurt inside going by the from on the top right in this picture.  The middle frame on the right to me tells the most about all these scenes. The first scenes I think lead up to this one, it's where Sam appears to be at most intact with his heart and his passion about whatever is ailing him. To me, that's the scene that sets the story for this short section of graphics. The remaining scene with Saunders appears to me as is moment of a slight desperation fueled by what Sam had to say in the previous scene. That last scene with Sam however, that's the moment when frustration spills out in truth. It's like one of those moments when you verbally argue with someone and finally reach a point where to simply just say what is on your mind and don't dance around it. 

Anyhow, that's the feeling I got from this graphic. I do very much enjoy you posting these and of course, I did zoom in to see if I could make out the words... Hehe!!  ;) 
VioGreen77 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
There should be a contest. Deviant who submits the funniest captions in their text bubbles wins a hug from Sam!

Really cool that you're working on this. So far their expressions are drawing me in. ^^
minelittlemal2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
looks awesome
WhisperFromAHeart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Can't wait to see the final project.
AnanasCereal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff going on right there, can't wait till the final result ^^
Cocoaprints Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always a pleasure looking at your sketches. :) Excited to see more and your final project.
Demonized-Star Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
So amazing <3 I don't mind seeing these pages, as long as there aren't major spoilers like you said ^^
Retizent Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SolusDarkcoat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
how much? I'll pay anything. I'm dead serious here
Auroragriffon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I'm really looking forward to reading the finished product :)
I love your art style :)
AmayaTenjo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I can NOT wait for this. I love your art and characters and I am so excited for an english release of the graphic novel!!
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