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Zombie Ambush Splash Page by Huwman Zombie Ambush Splash Page by Huwman
This is a splash page from a graphic novel I'm working on. I don't want to give away too much of the story but here we have the three protagonists: sexy gal, hunchbacked mad doctor's assistant and a film noir detective type (with a "soul patch" style beard), all being menaced by a herd (?) of zombies. The woman was showing a couple of photos to the hunchback before the zombies showed up so that's what she's holding in her hands.

Obviously it's a rather odd story but I'm hoping it will be pretty cool if I EVER manage to get it finished.

Just 55 pages or so to go! Sigh.
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yowassup Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sexy gal, mad assistant, detective, and zombies... sounds like it has all the right ingredients.

must read!!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
Those should be added to the lyrics of "These are a Few of My Favourite Things"! :)
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yowassup Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
What a super stylized page, love the inking you do it reminds me of Rand Holmes from twisted tales. The heading is wonderful, sexy even , and sets the mood perfectly. I hope you got this graphic novel finished buddy, if not hurry only a couple of weeks until Halloween and you could cash in big!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional
Thank you, sir! That means a lot, especially coming from one of the best zombie artists on the planet! I am actually doing this story as a 3-issue trilogy first and will then likely collect 'em into a graphic novel. The first issue is currently out and I'm s-l-o-w-l-y getting the next one done.

I do have a PDF version of issue 1 available for you overseas types (24 pages), since postage is prohibitive. It's only $3 USD (or equivalent) but no hard sell, Gurch! If you happened to be interested, just let me know. Not sure how PayPal works in Britain but I assume it does.

In any case, thanks for your comments!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I hear you and the progress you're making, getting a whole comic book together is a colossal task and progress even when it goes well is only feels like a stampede of snails. i am trying to force myself to pull some art work together and try and fill a 48 pager with short stories of the undead variety. no matter how much i threaten myself i still only have half done, not half a book, half a story written on one, half the pencils done on the next, quarter of the inking done here...and in my head the whole book looks gloriously done. I have the cover done at least. Im thinking of ditching one of the 6 page stories and just fill those pages with pin up work, its much easier and seems to go down well. I will post up my cover on Halloween, and maybe some interior sketches.
You know i am interested in your comic but really fighting the chance to buy it right here right now, i think if i get bogged down with mine i shall buy yours and just maybe i might get possessed by the same demon you use and then i can be driven to complete my book by them.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional
I was going to ask if you have any comics or something similar that a guy can buy. I know comics are a lot of work but this last 24-page comic took me FOUR years! Mind you, in that time I also ran a full time graphics and illustration business, raised 2 teenagers, started a film company, taught myself to play guitar (badly), wrote a screenplay, etc.

Still, damn slow going on the comic.

Again, no pressure, but if you ever wanted to exchange parcels of artistic goodies such as comics, t-shirts, posters, etc., I'd be game. The postage is pretty brutal but I'd still do it.

In any case, keep up the great work, sir!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
FOUR YEARS! Oh my goodness, you are an inspiration! Im afraid i let my creative urges die a little for the years i did much the same as you ( cept the guitar badly bit) .
I wishes i had pushed and finished more strips but there werent as many comic opportunities about 10 years back, self publishing wasnt the route for me. Still im mighty proud of what i achieved in my normal life. Just getting or trying to get back into the swing of things again....and it feels as good as fur lined underwear on a frosty morning mmmmmm.
Guys like you are a great source of nourishment you gee me up, when i see all the gorgeous work you do i appreciate how much love, toil and sometimes frustration goes into each page each panel.
When you mention how slow going it all is what with normal life and its mundane tasks getting in the way i roll my eyes back...because i remember that part. Oh and going without sleep, i used to work into the wee hours without realizing.
But then there very little that fufils as much as finishing a whole book of or even a 6 page...its chesting beatingly beautiful as moments go.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional
Yes indeed. It must be artistically fulfilling since I sure ain't in it for the money! I still treasure the stuff I have of yours i comics from the '80s so I would love to see more some day!
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SarahPerryman Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool work!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional
Thanks!
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VanEckPhreaking Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the old-school pulp style you have!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional
Thanks a lot! I'm so old it's just my natural style but I call it "retro" and then I can charge more . . . ;)

Thanks for the fave too.
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RatSamsa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
I really dig your style-- reminds me of Dan Clowes..
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Huwman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional
That's nice for me to hear but I don't know if Clowes would be so happy ;)

Thanks!
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RatSamsa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Baahaha when IS Clowes happy, I ask you?
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Huwman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional
ha, ha. Yep, I guess he's kind of built his carer on not being exactly cheerful!
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RatSamsa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
All the good ones have!
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jkoob13 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great stuff! and I'm so with you on the sable brushes. If the image is large enough I won't even touch a pen of any sort. Totally worth the money (the brushes) and always have a nice point.
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H2-O Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Zombies! Awesome. Instant watch! ;)
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Huwman Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional
Ha, ha. And made in Canada zombies, even (they'd probably last longer with the weather up here, right?) ;)

Thanks so much.
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H2-O Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Yep, our zombies keep much better! :)
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Alex-Cooper Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Tight inks. Excellent C. Burns flavoring. You use a brush for this?
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Huwman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional
Thanks a lot.

Yes, #1 or #2 Windsor and Newton Series 7 sable brushes for everything (except for ruled lines I use archival quality Staedtler or Micron markers). I find brush easy to use compared to dip pens which is weird 'cause I think most people are exactly the opposite. I should probably practice more with pens since it's good to have both in the arsenal.

Anyhow, thanks again!
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Alex-Cooper Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
It's the same here. Suck with dip pens. Still have yet to invest in a sable brush, but seeing this, I think it's about damn time. Keep up the good work.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional
Thank a lot.

Yep, sable brushes ain't cheap but they're worth it. By the weight of the bristles alone they'd cost much more than gold, I guess! The good news is that if keep dipping them in a jar of water while you work and then wash them carefully and thoroughly after use (with Ivory soap), they should last for many years.

Some of the disposable brush markers are surprisingly good too. I do some quick 'n' dirty jobs with a Staedtler Mars Graphic 3000 Duo, for instance, and there's lots of other makes available now. Just be sure to experiment and see how they work with whatever paper/board you're using because there can be drying/smearing problems with bad combinations thereof.

Okay, enough comic nerd talk. Shut me up!
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EisArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
ouch RABIDART...haha...Velcro....haha... I JUST felt that mentally. LOL

AWESOME PIECE HUWMAN... very sweet. Love your style. Ever hear of HOUSE INDUSTRIES? I am sure you have. They have killer fonts, images that have that trippy feel.

I myself am creating a Zombie Title but more in the streamline comic vein.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks, man. House makes a lot of excellent fonts alright. I don't believe they have anything with bones and eyeballs though so maybe I should talk to 'em! :)
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EisArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
No doubt...those guys a font-like wizards as you are. Def hit them up!!! :)
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Itchyscratchy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great use of shadows on this one. I love the strong black and white contrasts. It reminds me of one of my favorite artists; Charles Burns.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks a lot. Burns is so great and you're the third person who noticed a similarity between this and his work. A thing like that could give a guy a swelled head or something. Thanks again!

Your zombie stuff is sure a lot of fun, by the way.
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Itchyscratchy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it ain't as professional looking as yours but I think it works in it's own way.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional
Well, I don't know about my stuff being more professional than yours, especially if that means making lots of $$$. Your work reminds me a lot of cartoons by a guy called Matt Groening (I believe you've heard of him) and rumour has it he is making a comfortable living!

So, are your comics available for purchase? They sure are entertaining.
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Itchyscratchy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, sorry. Sadly I have not been able to find anyone interested in publishing my stuff.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional
Have you considered a service like this?:

[link]

I know that some top notch artists on DA, like Bryan Baugh and Steve Mannion (a.k.a. "rattlesnapper"), publish their stuff this way and it is then distributed through the affiliated "Indy Planet" site. I'm thinking this may be how I wind up printing my book(s) if I can't find a publisher that is interested (and if I ever actually get finished!). I believe it is all laser printed, "print on demand" but I have ordered some of the books and the print quality is great.

Anyhow, just a thought. In the meantime I will read your stuff online, I guess.
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Itchyscratchy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Bryan Baugh got his comics done through print on demand? Odd, I thought he had gotten his stuff published through Devils Due and Viper Comics. Must be some newer stuff he's done I haven't heard about. I haven't really checked his page out ever since a "falling out" or whatever you'd call it I had with him a while back. Never heard of Steve Mannion but I'll search for him and take a look at his stuff.

Anyhow, I have tried to get a comic printed through these print on demand places but the image quality turned out to be pretty poor on the first I tried. I tried to get it printed through another company kinda like Ka-Blam but they seemed unprofessional and I found their site somewhat clumsy made and hard to navigate. So these experiences has turned me of when it comes to print on demand.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional
Laser printing has come a long way in terms of quality and these guys at Ka-Blam/Indy Planet seem to know what they're doing. I ordered Bryan Baugh's "Wolf and Batsy Volume 1" through them (along with a bunch of other stuff) and the images looked very good. Just check out the stuff for sale at "Indy Planet" and you'll go nuts!

Steve Mannion has a couple of books available through them ("The Bomb" and "Fearless Dawn"). He is one of my absolute favourite artists working in comics right now so definitely check him out.

Anyhow, check 'em out and see what you think. Just try not to blow about $100 ordering comics like I did! Now the wife's not speaking to me (bonus!) :)
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dlmx-13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Artist
This DOES definitely have a Charles Burns vibe, which is always a good thing in my book. Love it! I'll be first in line to buy the graphic novel when it comes out!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional
That's a great compliment 'cause it definitely doesn't get any better than Charles Burns. Thanks so much!
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gorefest39 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
wow your zombies are insane, man i liked how their all flocked, bunched, or gaggled together swarming at the people....your styles badass!!!!!!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional
Thank you very much!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice Huw! BTW, I think the proper term is "gaggle of zombies". ;)
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional
Ha,ha! I was even considering "flock" but "gaggle" is definitely better.

Thanks for the comment!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
You know, "Flock of Zombies" would be a great band name for an 80s tribute group!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional
:)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your style on this! It's like a weird cross between Al Feldstein and Charles Burns. Your distribution of lights and darks makes the whole image clear and instantly readable. Seems like that's the sort of thing a lot of artists would fumble and make the image confusing. No problems with that here. I love the zombies. The one eyed lady in the bathrobe has a great face and great hand. Love the Rondo Hatton Lookin' zombie with the drippy bullethole in his head on the right... the one with the dangling eyeball and the one way in the back with the machete in his head. Looks really fun! Spend more time on finishing this story cause I wanna read it!!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional
A comparison to Feldstein AND Burns - two of the greats! And coming from the Zombie Master himself! Wow! I don't know what to say. Comments like yours and the others really make my day.

I am considering printing this as a 3 issue limited series first since that way I will actually get the first installment out within a reasonable time.

Thanks again, Bryan!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Lookin forward to it in print!!
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LuisDiazArtist Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice!

Lettering and perspective is great.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional
Thanks a lot. It means so much coming from someone with your awesome skills.
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