The Captivating Case of the Chicken-Shaped Chew Toy video

The Captivating Case of the Chicken-Shaped Chew Toy from WoWL on Vimeo.

Here’s a little video, complete with voiceover, taken from our latest book “The Captivating Case of the Chicken-Shaped Chew Toy”. Hear the Westies WoWL!

Buy the book: thewestiesofwestlondon.tictail.com

Credits:
Thanks to Charles HW for the his excellent voiceover and the fun intro music called “Halehop” by Pitx.

Come Visit the Westies @ Comica Festival this Weekend!

Come and say hello to us at Comica Comiket on Saturday 16th August at the British Library. Buy a personalised, signed copy of our new book “The Captivating Case of the Chicken-shaped Chew Toy”.

Also don’t forget our Competition… we are giving away an exclusive piece of Westies Artwork, signed by our very own Kevin Fish. Completely unique and one of a kind. We will also be giving 4 runners up a signed copy of our new book – The Captivating Case of the Chicken-Shaped Chew Toy.

So pay attention! All you need to do to win is print off an image of Casper; then take a photo of him in some exotic location or doing something exciting. Then upload it here – Best Photo wins! Simple.

The Competition closes on Friday 29th August and we will announce the winner on Monday 1st September. Good luck everyone!

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The Captivating Case of the Chicken-Shaped Chew Toy

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Finally! The long wait is over… our 1st cartoon has arrived – The Captivating Case of the Chicken-Shaped Chew Toy.

The Westies take on a new case when Fiona’s ‘Chewbury’ toy goes missing, in very mysterious circumstances. Is it a coincidence that chicken chew toys have disappeared right across Chelsea and Fulham? Casper knows better, and he leads the gang on a chase across West London to catch the culprits and foil their dastardly deeds.

You can buy your very own copy of our 1st comic right NOW from the store – http://thewestiesofwestlondon.tictail.com/product/the-captivating-case-of-the-chicken-shaped-chew-toy

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Drawing Process Video

WoWL! Drawing Process from WoWL on Vimeo.

While creating the illustrations for our first Westies of West London book, I decided it would fun to document the process with a little time-lapse video. It has been a long time since I did some video filming and editing but it was really great fun to get back into doing this!

To create the video I ended up using my trusty old compact Canon IXUS 700 (which still works somewhat after I broke the lens a while ago!), a 60cm telescopic tripod, a couple of lamps and some iMovie magic. I’m really chuffed with the result and love the grainy effect of the video (part of this grainy effect is due to the lower res quality of the video which I could only shoot at 640p, the fact that I zoomed in on the action while filming and also using the Ken Burns effect during editing).

To create the time lapse effect I simply exported the movie to a jpeg image sequence at 1 fps using Quicktime Pro. Then I re-imported the image sequence back into Quicktime Pro to create the movie with the time-lapse effect.

One of the elements I really love is the audio soundtrack which is taken from a Creative Commons audio library. I was looking for something really upbeat and with an instrumental vibe – the guitars are sublime! The track is called “See you later” by Pitx.

Hope you enjoy the drawing process as much as I did making it : )

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WoWL Tools and Sketch Process

Basic tools to get the job done - HB pencil, 0.7mm clutch pencil, eraser and A3 paper

Basic tools to get the job done – HB Pencil, 0.7mm Clutch, eraser and A3. paper

With my trusty HB pencil, 0.7mm clutch pencil, grubby eraser and a pad of 220gsm Smooth Surface A3 cartridge paper I thought I’d share some of the process in making the first WoWL book.

Since developing our story with a script and storyboard, I’m now focussing on drawing out the various scenes. The way I like to work is to plan each panel, along with the script and storyboard, is by first doing a very rough outline using an HB pencil on the cartridge paper. This helps me to plan the positions of the characters and the action, basic effects and other details. It also allows me to quickly erase and edit each shot. Once I’m happy with the basic arrangements, I then outline the rough drawings using the 0.7mm clutch pencil to refine the sketches into a complete drawing.

After I’ve completed all the pages we need I’ll switch to inking in the pencil drawings. What I love about this process is that I have an original “master” which is fun to look back on and see how the cartoon has taken shape over time.

I’m somewhat a traditionalist (and romantic) at having the original drawings – something which you can’t have by doing drawings straight onto a computer.

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