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Skyfish by FabianMonk Skyfish by FabianMonk
But I didn't want to split up every page into an individual deviation either. It's much easier for you to view them like this, and much easier for me to keep track of comments like this.

Anyway, this is what I chose to do for my final major project at University this year. A short comic which functions as a sort of prelude to what could be something bigger (but probably never will be).
The whole thing is pretty much an experiment. I haven't ever done any real sequential work prior to this (and I think it shows, haha), so I wanted to try it out.

Overall I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome, although there's a whole ton of things I can see that are wrong with it as it is now (but isn't that always the case...).

IN ADDITION to the 7 pages, there's a roughly 60 page sketchbook / journal, with background information on the characters, history, etc. etc. which you can view here if you like:

journal 1
journal 2
journal 3
journal 4
journal 5
journal 6
journal 7
journal 8

I split it up into sections cause it was too monstrous in file size as a single image. Also, my apologies if it's hard to read the text, but I don't expect anyone to really want to read all of that anyway. If you're curious as to why there's other artists work stuck in my journal, that's artist research, which we had to include in our journals as a part of the project.

Just for shits and giggles, here's what it looks like on display: one, two.

Alright that's it. Pages were done digitally, in Photoshop CS3. Journal was done traditionally (duh). I hope you enjoy!

And special special thanks go out to Pedro :icongreatlp: for being a huge dick, but also giving me some of the best advice ever. If it weren't for him, this would be a whole lot worse.
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0volent190 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   General Artist
Skyfish makes so much sense. It's like a cool red whale :3
hanan109 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Wow! Continue!
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I found myself liking the first and last panel the most. Goggles and clouds, wooo!
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, same here. :]
majorcorporation Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
And so I stumble onto this just as I get a graphic novel assignment in art. Whether this is good or bad timing, I don't know, but now there is a lot of pressure. >:
ghostcharmer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ooooo, i like the mountain pic at the end, ish purrteh owo
zero-warrior Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
What ever happened to this project?
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I never continued working on it.
zero-warrior Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
What ever happened to this project?
Korpuspearl Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
WOW! I,m lost for words... It's a great work. In particular the colors of backgrounds are marvellous!
3nrique Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional
thats just freakin cool man
laurbits Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Just wow.....

The colors are the most amazing thing to me. All around beautiful work!
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
aurora-cs Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is breathtaking, the wonderful art here.
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
nekolab Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
cool !!! i love you art man^^
xAraelx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Amazing !
DEVE-ONE Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
love the style
BrokenLine1177 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
All my thumbs up! =D
CheshireFrown Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
I love the idea of this, beautiful. :)
shadowcat20x Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous, I love the creatures flying around, it really sucked me in
Thelios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008, now that's a deep preparation for a job, haha, you mention it was for your major project at university, therefore I imagine it took you a couple of months at least, but that's my guess, how much time did it really take you? the whole semester? less? I mean is a very documented job and I'm doing something similar so I wanna know what I'm getting into, anyway, great job man, keep it up!
Xibanga Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
amazing!great job! your draw's rules
abigbat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is quite simply incredible.
chriscopeland Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Fabian! This is RETARDED DUDE! That journal area alone could be a published book, you are SICK! You are truly a modern day master bro, MASTER, seriously.
mikemaluk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow dude....that sky, that sky!this is beautiful, congrats on the project dude, amazing skills, amazing colors, amazing feeling, amazing work!
dunkelheit-edd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
wow excelentes graficos man esta rebueno =D

salu2 y suerte
RalphNiese Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
oooh! neee, paspartout! noes, metallrahmen! wie schrecklich, haha! bei uns wärs einfach auf der and gelandet.
nicht schlecht herr specht! ich dachte kurz bei den bildern das wär die HFF potsdam, aber ist sie es auch?
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Haha, nee, das ist die Universität Bolton, in England, in der Nähe von Manchester. Danke!
RalphNiese Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
oh ha! cool! und ist es gut? was genau machst du da?
grafikdesign, illustration oder (...)? tschuldige für die neugier :B
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Ich hab da ein Jahr lang einen Grundkurs gemacht (Art and Design Foundation). Wir hatten zwar extrem viel zu tun, aber der Kurs war gut. Musste mich teilweise echt richtig prügeln um alles so fertig zu kriegen wie ich es wollte, aber das war ja der Sinn, haha. Wars auf jeden Fall wert.
Jetzt bin ich allerdings nicht mehr in England. Ich ziehe jetzt nach Kassel und fange da mit meinem eigentlich Studium an, Visuelle Kommunikation mit Illustration als Spezialisierung.
RalphNiese Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
ich knuspel immer noch an der HGB in Leipzig ab und muss jetzt alles klar bekommen fürs diplom. das wird auf jeden fall nochmal ne strapaze für die hand, aber ansonsten ist hier alles easy und locker - meiner meinung nach zu locker.
thantos24 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
thats raw :)
rohwer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
very cool, I wish I had seen this earlier
botchiball Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
cool stuff ; )
drunkenstyle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Holy shit. *favs*
tentaculus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
a truly fantastic concept, and I'm really happy to see that you researched the marine animals really well :)
estarial Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
Dang, those journal pages are incredible.
Kaeylarae Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
That's real good stuff. YOu get the feeling of seeing some pics out of a movie. Great! ^^
Tigermond Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
now that's one awesome comic! I really like your style a lot :3 great work
pykotta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
man u good
MYPENIZAMONSTER Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Kinda has the Sprited Away style to it.luv it man
CheiftainMaelgwyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Professional
Those colors are rockin'. It doesn't feel disjointed at all! And kudos for posting your prep-work as well, that sort of stuff really helps.
DrSharkykins Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
wow... this looks like something out of a Studio Ghibli movie.
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I feel very small. You've blown my mind, thank you! This is beautiful! I am really impressed with the vision cast here...and it just resonates with me in a big way. Please keep this moving forward: I look forward to seeing more!
burningflag Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is so beautifull! The boys face could be better, more personal, but the whole stuff worx together, the backgrounds are wonderful, the idea is promising and mysterious.
I personally would like to see the rest of the story.
z3r0t0lerance Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Wow, Skyfish... I like it. Titles often catch my attention, it didn't disappoint me :D
Rayhs Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
The colours are incredibles, the sky is... i dn't have words...
CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
This is so cinematic and cool! Awesome work!
Cleocatra Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Student General Artist
Woah, this is amazing.
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