Sunday, 16 August, 2015 - 7:59 PM

From the first Superman (Christopher Reeve) movie I loved how classical music and superheroes meshed so well together. I'm currently learning to play the violin and would love to incorporate this with my superhero storytelling in the future. That long term dream is under construction, for now though, it's all about building a universe, and creating a new mythology. Inspired by the superhero comic books that I've enjoyed for the past thirty years, and still love. This is all part of the ground work, laying the foundation of Phase Two, refreshing the creative and innovative process with immediate and tangible results. This is a rough sketch of A.G.O.S.T... ;)

"When I got these powers, I realised I could teleport anywhere, in the blink of an eye. I chose to go to the moon. Not because it was easy, but because it was hard. The energy which empowered me also protected me from the rigours of space. Quite fitting for the new Accountant General of Space and Time. The cosmos was revealed to me. I never even imagined life beyond our planet, much less whole ancient civilisations! Exciting, scary, and amazing." - Julie Jayanna aka A.G.O.S.T.



Tuesday, 11 August, 2015 - 5:25 PM

In creating all this original content for the Superhero Storytelling Engine, I keep a firm eye on what has gone before, noting what worked for me, and what didn't from the big publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Looking to go beyond origin stories for my characters and avoid tropes such as the villains having the same powers as the hero, so the reader actually cares about their fate. Also, the villain, in my humble opinion, should be slightly sympathetic and relatable. A great superhero is defined by an even greater supervillians rogues gallery, that's why, in the comics, the heroes that stand out for me are Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Fantastic Four, Thor and a whole lot more. Simply because of the width and depth in their supervillian characters. This is a rough sketch of Quantum... ;)

"Space. Sometimes called the cosmic frontier. Never will I cease to be amazed at the teeming life in this vast expanse! Only the gleaming spires of my home realm of Thesuria come close. Memories of my youth bring forth visions of all manner of dangerous quests and folly. By the wonderous power of Cadros! Those were the days indeed. That restlessness and sense of adventure, that wonderlust captured me during that time. Over land, sea and air have I travelled and explored. The gaining of these powers has increased my curiosity about the cosmos. My fellow Space Celestials have a lot to discover about this galaxy." - Quantum - The Space Celestial.



Friday, 31 July, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Brand New Character! Meet... Ambient!! These rough sketches are exclusive to the Superhero Storytelling Engine! You won't find them posted anywhere else so keep it locked right here to get all new fresh content! Before we meet the superhero known as Ambient, I want to tell you about two comic book artists. Jack Kirby and John Buscema helped to visually build the Marvel Comics Superhero Universe into the powerhouse that it is today. Both amazing, influential artists, but with one crucial difference. Jack Kirby was a creator as well, he came up with designs for most of Marvel's classic characters that are still popular to this day. He also created characters for DC Comics that have similarly stood the test of time, particularly his Fourth World concept.

John Buscema, however, was a master craftsman. He took those creations that Jack Kirby designed and drew them like expressionist masterpieces, full of emotion and drama. Though Buscema is my all time favourite superhero comic book artist, I love what Kirby brought to the table, his prolific creations, and I seek to emulate that creative work ethic. So, with that spirit in mind, I present my latest superhero, the rough design of Ambient! She has several personal influences and you'll see the cleaned up version at a later stage. Her superpowers are still being finalised. Costume colour, iconic symbols and mask/headwear are important features for me when creating new characters. Above all, I always try to keep it, the designs, simple. Building a universe, creating a new mythology. For now, enjoy the art... ;)



Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 12:06 PM

These series of rough sketches are an intimate, behind the scenes, look at how I create and bring my superhero ideas to life. It's a very visual medium. In this current superhero golden age that I believe we are presently in, it's great to see so many projects going forward in comic books and film. The awesome Secret Wars epic with its quality add-on mini-series is a joy to read. Truly the cream of the crop of comic book creative talent, providing excellent writing and art. This will be expanded upon in the impending relaunch of the Marvel Comics Universe under the "All-New, All-Different" banner.

DC Comics relaunch, named DC You, also has a few quality superhero gems within its titles, including Justice League and Cyborg. On the big screen we've had Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, and the upcoming Fantastic Four. Soon the amazing behemoth that is DC Comics' Batman V Superman will be upon us, in all it's glory, followed by Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. I mention these as they, in part, provide the inspirational, creative fuel that drives me to produce the Superhero Storytelling Engine, my own superhero world. This is a rough sketch of Green Avatar. :)

"I never thought waking up early could become a natural thing for me, but after I got these powers I can't wait to get up everyday and revel in them. The history behind these abilities and the people I've met since have been eye-opening and amazing. Stronger and faster. Doing things I never even imagined a few months ago, things I thought were impossible are now a regular occurance. As with learning all things new, practice, practice, practice is the way to go. A real confidence builder. I'm loving it." - Catherine Cai Zhi Hua aka Green Avatar - The Warrior Eternal.



Tuesday, 28 July, 2015 - 3:55 PM

These rough sketches are the new building blocks of the Superhero Storytelling Engine. Quite literally building a universe, creating a new mythology. You'll notice I'm choosing dynamic, heroic, inspiring images for these pin-ups, that's very important to me to get across the nature of these characters. They are idealistic, and although not perfect, I'm designing them to be more perfect than us. To be aspirational and part of a world where we want to spend time in, and escape to from time to time.

To provide powerful emotional experiences with the express aim to entertain. To capture that pioneering spirit of adventure, and that sense of joy and wonder. Part fantasy, part sci-fi, all awesome. Basically, a love letter to all the best bits of comic book superhero fiction I've grown to become passionate about over the years. This is a rough sketch of The Eagle. :)

"So, the other thing that I love, apart from soaring through the skies on these wings, is playing the violin. Particulary classical pieces as they really touch my heart and take me back to childhood listening to the radio. I really enjoy the sense of order and the time tested rules that form the foundation of this music. The structure between the notes is amazing, and to be honest, I've never been that good at improvisation.

The routine of daily practise making perfect really works and has been instrumental, excuse the pun, in learning these 'Eagle' superpowers. Nothing beats the feeling of hovering above the ground, with the gentle slow flapping of my wings, while playing a bit of Beethoven or a Bach violin piece." - Aaron Adjoh aka The Eagle - Sentinel of the skies.



Monday, 27 July, 2015 - 3:18 PM

One thing I'm improving at, artwise, is the ability to correct anatomy right after the first rough sketch. I can tell if it "looks" right or if it's glaringly off point. Bad anatomy can throw you out of the illusion and fantasy of the story world/universe, in my opinion, so it's important to get it right. Writing is important too, as words add weight to the world building, mythology molding, and immersion into the story universe. Finding that right balance of art and writing for the perfect superhero storytelling mix is a never-ending quest. This is a rough sketch of StarBright. ;)

"I read once, 'I am the captain of my soul, the master of my fate." Always loved that quote. Sums me up quite nicely. Haha. It's funny how these sayings and memories pop into my head when I'm flying though the clouds. The breeze on my face, and this energy, this power, flowing through me. Seems like an age since the accident changed me, and everything turned upside down." - Heidi Hadaver aka StarBright - The Light Bringer.



Sunday, 26 July, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Kicking off a new stage of learning, I'm doing rough sketches of my characters with pencil and paper. Using all the knowledge accumulated so far, I find I can produce more content for the Superhero Storytelling Engine this way. A useful method to hone the basic dynamic anatomy, rough sketches are the first step I use to draw my characters. I then fine tune and clean up the pencils, then add colours after. Again, using established poses for reference. This is a rough sketch of the superhero known as TechSorcery.

It's a lot easier using a computer, drawing tablet and pen, and Manga Studio software (though many artists use Photoshop to the same effect), but pencil and paper is the time tested method used by all the best superhero comic book artists from day one. It's so liberating. From John Byrne, to Dave Cockrum, to George Perez, to Jim Lee, to Alan Davis, to Stuart Immonen, to Ivan Reis, and the many other amazing artists, past and present, who have served to inspire me, I'm grateful to all. It's nice to learn with paper and pencil, and continue this artist tradition. Building a universe, creating a new mythology... :)

"My uncle used to say 'Beyond magic, beyond power, beyond costumes, there lies courage, and love and life!' The sum total of all my experiences to this date have brought me here. Now. These abilities deep inside of me, these superpowers, I will use for the greater good. I love this." - Glendon Grey aka TechSorcery - New Guardian of the Old Magic.



Saturday, 11 July, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Keeping with the organic growth of innovation and creativity on this website, the next stage is here. Digital drawing is now being followed by pencil and paper art for the first time! Pictures to follow. Exclusively on the Superhero Storytelling Engine, though I cut my artistic teeth using a Wacom Bamboo tablet and pen it's time to branch out with physical art. These will be scanned and worked on a computer to tweak as I love the richness of digital colouring. This new approach was borne out of the burning desire to produce more art and stories, and to work at pace.

Essentially, a Plan B, kick-starting the whole creative process. The goal is better time management, and to build a smarter production plan. All the best superhero comic book artists honed their craft by drawing on paper, including the late greats, Jack Kirby and John Buscema. They, along with writer Stan Lee, created and honed the Marvel Comics Universe, which is a big inspiration for my Superhero Storytelling Engine. Building a Universe, creating a New Mythology. It will be nice to see the art skills I've developed thus far on paper, and is another step to continue improving on the superhero comic book storytelling learning journey... ;)



Sunday, 19 April, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Brand new art featuring TechSorcery! All these superhero characters are official mascots of The Superhero Storytelling Engine! Building a universe, creating a new mythology.


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Sunday, 19 April, 2015 - 9:50 AM

Exclusive first look at the superhero known as Butterfly in action! On The Superhero Storytelling Engine. Building a universe, creating a new mythology!


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Thursday, 16 April, 2015 - 7:40 PM

World Exclusive! Showcasing Tempest in action for the first time! Right here on The Superhero Storytelling Engine. Building a universe, creating a new mythology!


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Sunday, 5 April, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Presenting the first appearance of Mercury in action! Exclusively on The Superhero Storytelling Engine. Building a universe, creating a new mythology!


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Saturday, 4 April, 2015 - 9:03 PM

At last! The first look at Doctor Molecule in action, exclusively on The Superhero Storytelling Engine. Building a universe, creating a new mythology!


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