“THE MONUMENTS of MARS” : COMICS Color Sketches & Tests . Work in Progress

Besides wanting to do a comics adaptation of the novel “The Neverending Story” one of these days, another one of my dream projects is to put to paper a story that I have in my imagination since I started to follow the Face on Mars thing more than 30 years ago and which is a mix of all those fringe themes with the cosmological scope of an Olaf Stapledon I love called “The Last and First Men” written back in the 1930s which even was a major influence on Arthur Clarke for his Rendez-vous-with-Rama novels later on.
So I have my own take on a cosmological saga spanning millions of years and it all starts with a little nod to the Martian enigma. I´ve been creating some illustrations to train for that project which you can see on my main gallery here on this site ( the Mars ones ) , but a couple years ago I had some time to spare and I started to doodle what you will see next.
I wanted to keep it loose in style and so I just kept on sketching and painting without much thought put into it. So this is some sort of sketchbook artwork.
Enjoy, although the text is still in Portuguese here.

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I didn´t took it further due to lack of time but also because I noticed that I was starting to use an american comics visual language on the layouts and I don´t want to create a scifi comics story within that particular style. I want it to look like an old European BD (comics) from the golden age of French-Belgium BD of the late 1970s, something within a Luc Orient / Valerian / Bernard Prince / Druuna type of thing and stay as much further away possible from the american super-hero visual formula.
I plan to restart this sometime in the future as my scifi story is still developing inside my imagination and so when I have the time I will work on this for sure. Maybe I won´t just do a comics story but a mix between a novel an illustration book and comics.
Let´s see what the future brings.


If you liked this, you might want to check out these tutorial links below too:

Learn to draw landscapes / Perspective tutorial

0 INTRO ” A matter of perspective” :
Lesson 1 “Little House on the Grid” :
Lesson 2 “Going 3D” :
Lesson 3 “Scenery takes shape” :
Lesson 4 “Planes & Viewpoints” :
Lesson 5 “Fluffy clouds in the sky” :
Lesson 6 “Endless Worlds“:


Drawing Tutorial / “FINDING NEMO”

Drawing Tutorial / “TITANIC DRY DOC”


Video Tutorial (PT Version)



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