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Alan Warren Concept Drawing by comic-chic Alan Warren Concept Drawing by comic-chic
This is the first drawing I ever did of the hero of my webcomic The Dreamer. His name is Alan Warren, and this is only the second drawing I ever did for The Dreamer. (The first was from when I was thinking of setting the story in the early 19th century! So it's Bea wearing a pre-Civil war style dress, much like Jane Austin's characters).

I actually had to go back months later and fix the flint lock mechanics on the musket in this piece because when I initially made the drawing, I had lousy, blurry photo reference. Two trips to Williamsburg and a trip to Yorktown later and I had all the pictures I needed to get it right! (A soldier at Yorktown even taught me to load and fire a musket. Too fun. And... they're heavy!!)

Some things have changed since I did this inital drawing, but I still love it. At the time I was contemplating simple backgrounds with washed out pastel colors that would bring the characters forward. But... after reading Scott McCloud's Making Comics I decided to put the time and energy into detailed backgrounds that really set the stage of the world I'm trying to create. Which I think has very much worked in my favor. You can compare this drawing to the webcomic and decide for yourself which you like better.

I also think Alan looks a bit old in this drawing. I've drawn him a little bit younger in my story... He's supposed to be in his late 20's. Anyways... muskets rock, 18th century guys rock, and I still love this piece.
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Billibon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, I can't thank you enough for making The Dreamer. It literally is the best thing on planet earth besides chocolate. You are so awesome.
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ESWard Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like Alan with scruff. Well, scruff in general is awesome, but I like the fact that he looks like a bit more of a rugged 27. Then again, clean-cut worked out swell in your comic anyway.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional
He alternates in the comic. Sometimes he has stubble! :XD:
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ESWard Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
True, I nearly forgot, but you're obviously quite right. May I suggest though that he needs to spend more time out in the backwoods hunting redcoats... or maybe he could lose his straight razor. :P
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional
I'm sure after he wakes up from this six issue bout of pneumonia he'll be in need of a shave! :giggle:

This is the best scruff he's had yet: [link]
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ESWard Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooh. Ok, so as if I wasn't already looking forward to the next few pages enough (with Nathaniel being in his scrape), now I have THAT to look forward to. *sigh* And yes, that is amazingly handsome scruffiness right there. I must have been in a rush at that part with trying to figure out if he really was dying or not. ;P Thanks for linking me to it so I could better appreciate it. :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional
ha ha, no problem! :giggle:
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sarah107 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:love:
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zingarism Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011   General Artist
Your comic, your ideas, your story, your style--everything--is probably some of the best stuff I've ever seen! It's so unique and so much fun to read, especially for the one who was ridiculed as a kid for being so into all-things-18th-century. :heart: Keep it up, lady!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional
D'aww, thank you! The Dreamer is the place to go for all of us history-lovin misfits to find a home!
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