Friday, May 6, 2011

Morbid humor

Inspired by my friend's awesome comic series, Deadcat, I've been thinking more and more about the afterlife; and how humorous it probably is. Instead of Death being this depressing and sad thing, I wanted to put a jovial spin on things and touch upon the lighter (and possibly laughable) side that the holiday, Dia de los Muertos, invokes.

What started as an idea for a series of illustrations similar to the 1880-1920s era, my mind is leaning more and more towards a comic adaptation--with a possible shoutout to the 1880-1920s era in a few moments. Whether it'll only be one collected volume, or a continuous series, I am leaving up in the air at the moment. One thing is for certain, though, it is entitled Posthumorously: Ridiculous Stories of the Afterlife.

 For the moment I have written two full, very short parts for this story, and so far it revolves around one man's experience with the Afterlife. But as the title discloses, there are many stories to tell. Since this is my art-related blog, I thought I'd post up some sketches on here, and if you're still curious, you can go check out the typed up stuff on my Seattle Blurbs blog, specifically this post.

Original sketches of this story, before I even started typing. So this was the springboard that I jumped off of during a bout of boredom.

Brief rework / continue from last page. Also, a few looks at the Hallway Elevator, a brief moment with it interacting with memories, and the Phone Book.

Another moment with the Hallway Elevator and memories. Mock-up for spirit-based smoke.

Some sketches of a recurring character, Caretaker. He's the one that greets and councils every soul as they "fall into the Afterlife." Very laid back, and is almost always puffing away at the Spirit Hookah.

Views of Caretaker's office, and some more Hallway Elevator.

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