This post has been a long time coming. I began this project in November of last year in George Pratt's senior illustration class. It is my adaptation of Roald Dahl's great short story "In the Ruins." Yes the same fellow that brought us the giant peach wrote adult stories too..haha. I then was given the opportunity to include it in Image Comic's Popgun anthology.

Obviously that didn't happen. This is the "kinda-not-really" finished inks for some of the first pages (out of a proposed 12). Unfortunately I'm calling the project quits since I'm leaving the States so soon, and have too many commitments. Bummer!!!! I really enjoyed this process, but I'll get another shot. I love comics and hope to work on more projects in the future!

The blank boxes were supposed to have drawings in them, but I never got around to working them out. The pages still need a lot of work, but I thought I'd give them a post anyways.

take care!
-fv

**I'm going to put these pages up in my Store soon, but if anyone is interested in the purchase of a page(s) please feel free to email me and we can work something out. Thanks!**

33 comments:

michael said...

really beautiful! i hope you find time ti finish them!

Chelsea Tull said...

You are amazing.

LuisNCT said...

Those are really great, I like'em a lot!

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Anonymous said...

Hey Francis: Love the work! EMV

peter carlson said...

WOW! absolutely stunning.

Giovanni Pasini said...

love this project francis!!!

Tanya Lam said...

These look absolutely phenomenal!
I would love to see more in this style.

Raul Avila said...

Character and dramatic quality has very much the style
Regards

Francis said...

These are kick ass! Was this project the one where you were experimenting with monotypes? Too bad you weren't able to finish, these turned out great!

Jeremy Enecio said...

incredible work man! i love how you treat the white areas with those subtle gray textures. Really loving the heavy blacks as well. beautiful!

Alejandro Gonzalez said...

It's a shame. I hope you find the time to finish.

Quemado said...

such great pages. it's a shame that you won't be able to finish them now, but I don't think you should quit on them. you could always find time to finish them later.

by the way, what kinds of things did you study to help with comic book layouts and pacing?

Saskia said...

awesome pages! I really really love the style

Anonymous said...

The pages look great. Of note is that Dahl like H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft was a vehement anti-Semite. The irony here being Lovecraft was married to a Jewess.

-Das Vadanya

SWAiN said...

Super duper happy for you, bro-ham, these look great!

Adam Montoya said...

That really is gorgeous! Great storytelling.

Sam said...

man really nice, some of those panels are insane

patchoforange said...

You are a bounty of talent. I absolutely love your work. i was scrolling back and noticed you'r a fechin fan as well. fechin's one of my heroes.

it's a pleasure and a treat visiting this space Francis. i'm inspired sir ! you have the golden touch!!

Tyler said...

i loved how each panel has its own little history of mark making, sucks you into that world for sure

great stuff bro, pure fire as always ~

cheers

Francis Vallejo said...

geez, thanks for the kind words everyone!!!

francis: I wanted to introduce monotypes but these are just ink and acrylic FW white and acrylic paint. The plan was to take the individual panels, xerox them, photo transfer and put them in an acid wash to etch them into a plate which i would use to make monotypes with 2-3 colors. I took a printmaking class where I learned that...ill do it in the future..maybe not with this story tho

take care!
-FV

Kyle McCullough said...

Reference shoot for this was super fun. I want to finish my comic so bad. Hope all is well man. Good luck in Russia.

-kyle

Anonymous said...

You're really taking after George, huh?

Pollock said...

Just a word "G R E A T !"

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danny robbins said...

The ink work you've been posting lately is spectacular. Sorry I missed you when you recently came in to town; it would have been nice to finally meet.

Danny

Francis Vallejo said...

anon: yes sir/ma'am

danny: I'm sure we'll cross paths. VA is a terrific place, now I know what all the hype is about.

thanks guys!
-fv

Dominic Bugatto said...

These look great , thanks for sharing.

RAWLS said...

wow, those are fantastic Francis! Beautiful work my friend!

Rich Pellegrino said...

great work man. i left a comment before using my other screen name by accident.

Joon said...

These are beautiful! I wish I can draw like that :D

Tina Vaziri said...

So gorgeous! Love your work :)

Alexxx Castaneda said...

Those portraits are amazing really yummy brush strokes and colors!