I'm going to break it up in three parts, 1. How this project came about, character studies. 2. Thumbnails, roughs, and drawings. 3. Final art.
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At Comic-Con 2009 I met Joe LeFavi, an awesome guy who worked for Henson and wore a Zelda t-shirt. Fast forward a year and some months later and I'm illustrating the comic he wrote for the new Fraggle Rock anthology.
As I understand it, my original comics in the Flight series (Vol.6 Walters, Vol. 7 Onere and Piccola) gave someone important enough confidence to give me a chance to do some Fraggle work. I got an email from the editor, Tim Beedle asking me if I would be interested in the project. Well, yes, I was very interested.
After some time I was asked to do some character art, basically Fraggle studies, to become officially approved by Henson. Truthfully (and I still don't know how) I missed Fraggle Rock as a kid. I loved the Muppets, and Sesame Street, especially, but incredibly I don't ever remember watching Fraggle Rock. For this stage then I needed to figure these Fraggles out. I went and watched a bunch of episodes from the first season, read up on the series, and studied the characters. I'm sorry it took me so long to meet the Fraggles.
After I began to do the character art it struck me -- I might have been born to draw Fraggles. Their hair, tails, everything, they're a great combination of a lot of things I like to draw.
Here are the samples I turned in.
So after this point I was approved by Henson and I then took the script and began to thumbnail out the pages. But that's for next time.
Next post, Monday. Thumbnails, roughs, and drawings.