Monday, April 30, 2012

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 9

Off to another day of work...but, first, here is the ninth page in the story of the Lightning Dog.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Red Bones Platypus

It's important to appreciate every part of the platypus...even the bones.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 8

I received some good suggestions from a friend on how to modify my coloring to make the comic more pleasant looking.  Admittedly, my palette is often too primary (this is very evident in some of the later pages).  Once I post the entirety of the story, I may do some coloring changes and upload those fifty pages as an alternative bundle to these original fifty pages.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 7

I haven't included any dialogue in this story.  There is also a lack of dialogue in the second story that will be posted here after the Lightning Dog ends (the Lightning Dog story goes for 50 pages).  I'm not very good at dialogue, but I'd like to try to incorporate it into a story soon.  Maybe this summer in the as yet unnamed third story.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 6

I don't draw as many landscapes as I do characters, but, every time I look at this page, I feel like I successfully got the alien structure to appear colossal, which is what I wanted.

As a side note, I listed this page in The Webcomic List, which has appeared to direct some traffic here (and helped me find some cool comics / artists)!  Once I get more of an archive going, I think I will put my work out in some other places around the web.

However you found this place, thanks for checking it out!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Volcano Platypus

I'll be the first person to acknowledge that I probably like platypus a little too much.  I just think they're so cool!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 4

It usually takes me a couple of hours to put together a Lightning Dog page.  I draw everything by hand with a light pencil, and then I go over it with a thin sharpie.  Next, I scan it, and fill in my lines with Photoshop.  I do a little bit of shading, but nothing fancy.  I just go over certain areas with one quarter opaque black to make the color a little darker.  My fingers always really hurt after I do a page, because I just use the touchpad instead of a mouse or tablet.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Geode Platypus

Here's a variation on the standard platypus outline I like to sketch a lot.  This one is filled with geodes!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 3

OK, last post for now.  I hope that you check in from time to time, and I'd love to hear what you think about the projects I'll be posting.  Enjoy the third page of the Lightning Dog comic!

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 2

I don't intend on posting four times daily, but I wanted to give this Orbital / Primeval a good first day.  Enjoy page 2 of the Lightning Dog comic!

Lightning Dog Comic, Page 1

One of the things I will regularly post on here (at least for a while) are pages from the Lightning Dog comic I've been drawing since August, 2011.  It's a fifty-page comic that I'm always working on, and I hope you like it!

You are about to begin reading Nathan David Smith's new blog, Orbital / Primeval.


I'll be updating this blog regularly with the stuff that I draw!  I hope you enjoy what I draw, because, if you don't, you won't enjoy looking at this blog.


~Nathan David Smith