January 24, 2018

Page One

Thought I’d take a break from the Monopoly art to show the start of Green Monk Book 1. I’m making a big departure from the mini comic in a couple of ways. First of all, I’m relying much more on brush, and only using microns for detail work. Second, I’m trying to use a lot more blacks. It’s been fun. Hopefully, I’ll figure out what I’m doing as I go along.

You can see the rough pencils here.


  1. Brandon, this is looking great! I can’t wait to see the rest of the book. You coloring it as well?

  2. Nice. I love the use of the blacks. Colour too?!? Can’t wait to see it done!


  3. This is very cool. It’s exactly the sort of art that I loved in the first Green Monk book. But to be honest, I’m a little disappointed to hear that it will be colored. I’ve been a long-time fan of black and white comics. It seems to me that a lot of B&W comic artists put a lot more work into detail, producing beautiful work that most color comics could never compare with. Dave Sim’s work with Church and State is an excellent example of this. But then again, the color stuff that Jeff Smith did for Heavy Metal was great, and I know your color skills are fantastic, so I still have hope.

    • Joseph,

      I’m totally with you on the color issue. If I can market it without color, so be it. If not, I can always publish in black and white at a later date. I’ll try to make it look good, whatever the case may be.

  4. Sets the scene.
    Establishes a mood/weather/obstacle.
    Exhibits tension.
    Displays reason for tension.

    Perfect page.

    What kind of brush you use? I use microns a lot, and various grey markers for shading, then pro white for details. But I really struggle keeping a good brush for the tiny details. I go through them rapidly.

    • Rubin,

      I mostly used a Pentel Color brush on this page. As the flow of the ink starts to slow it works nicely for small details and drybrushing. Lately, I’ve been using a Pentel pocket brush and microns for small details.

  5. I’m so excited for this. You’re off to a great start.

  6. Reminds me of “Bone”. That’s a good thing. I agree that it’ll look good with or without color.

  7. Brandon, I love the idea of a brush/Micron combo!

    I have been inspired to give this a shot in my own drawing work as definitive shadows always seem to be a conundrum for me.


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