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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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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
18 century guys do rock, though with guys like Theodore Roosevelt I think the late 19th century had some fun too.

Also like the 18th century guys that laid the groundwork for this time period with the French and Indian War.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional
I have lots of favorites in history, too...! I've just started in on the Civil War...
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
OOH that gives a large area for people. From fops like Stuart to rugged Quantrill.
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Aliora Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Okay, I just read all your comics, and I have to say that I LOVE IT!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional
Why thank you! :D
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Aliora Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
I'm jealous of Bea, honestly. *grins* I want Alan for myself!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional
Get in line. :XD:
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puppet-bear489 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You always draw such beautiful works of art.
And Williamsburg ROCKS, by the way. I go there every year and it never gets old. :+favlove:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional
It never does!!

And thanks. :blush:
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puppet-bear489 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
It does so! Why do you think you got a nomination for best new comic?
And you're welcome.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional
Aww, thanks. But... I meant... Williamsburg never gets old! :giggle: But I need reminded that you all believe in me so much. I try really hard to keep my self-doubt out of my blog and off the internet, but... it's nice to be reminded!! Because I need it a lot of the time and just don't ask for it. :hug:
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puppet-bear489 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome again. Haha, yeah, you're right. :lol:

Mrs. Innes, it's ok to ask for (and to need!) support. I know it sounds silly coming from a 15 year old, but I'll (and tons of others are) always be open for reminding you how awesome you are whenever you need it.
Plus you have a husband to that, too. :glomp:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional
Thanks. :) I just try to keep it professional. :)
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puppet-bear489 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Alright, I guess that's cool too.
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blueToaster Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I just noticed the huge similarity of Alan Warren and David Garrett. :3 They're both so hawt :D They both have ponytails, blonde hair, and scruffy chins. :3
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comic-chic Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional
ha ha, he does look just like Alan!!!! :love:
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night-is-my-day Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Student General Artist
I won't lie; I'm head over heels for Alan already. Lucky Bea! Does Alan ever, you know, marry her? (please?)
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional
I'm not telling. ;)
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night-is-my-day Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Student General Artist
Tsk tsk! Shame on you! Spoilsport! XD
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TRALLT Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Hee hee, I guessed you were a Jane Austin fan when I first saw your art! : )
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional
How can you *not* love Jane Austin? :D
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pennturwen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
I really like your character designs. The consistency in their faces is nothing short of astounding.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional
Thanks! :D
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x-Aka-x Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
>head/desk<
I just pulled a stupid.

I was about to whine about how my city was named after nothing, then realizing a second later that my city is "Warren."
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional
ha ha haaaa! Do you know that *every* state in the Union has a Warren? In honor of our beloved, but fallen, Dr. Joseph Warren? When I found that out I got all sniffly. :)
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x-Aka-x Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Awwe, so sweet~! <3
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undead-faery Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
What happened to the stubble in the comic? Did he get the time to shave? XD Naw, I think it's great. Loving the characters so far :)
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dumazuri Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
er- to be honest, i kinda like him stubbly. it's kind of like paul walker meets gabriel martin like that...
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional
You'll see him scruffy soon enough! No time to stop and shave when you're busy trying to win a war! :XD:

Poor Nathan, though, I think it'll take more than a night to give him stubble! ;P
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dumazuri Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
lol yes... but we love him despite his unstubblyness!:clap:
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sinisterkat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Hey finally, a good Revolution comic, however I myself love Mr. Washington. Do me a favor and at least insert him in there (Martha would be a good thing too), please. I have a Hamilton v Burr drawing I did a long time ago posted if you would like to see it. Also I have a young Washington sketch and I intend to post others. Great job
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional
I'll *totally* have to check out your pieces. Hamilton vs. Anyone (or everyone!) and I'm in! ;)

And... you can't write a comic about the Revolutionary War without featuring His Excellency! Oh, don't worry! General Washington will get plenty of screen time! :) You won't be seeing Martha though, since during the battles I'm writing about she was in Virginia. :( Sorry!

Thanks for checking out my stuff!!
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sinisterkat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Heh, glad to hear it! Keep it up!
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werewolfvampirelove Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
I love your comic and this older version of Alan (he can pull the rugged look ^^). I'm not gonna lie, I'm half in love with Alan already. Thank you for creating him :worship:

I've gotta say, I'll never look at Williamsburg the same again. I live close by so I haul my butt there almost every weekend...a history geek's dream...*sigh*

Anyway, its great to see other history geeks like myself out there. We gotta represent! :dance:

sorry for the rambling...
I just couldn't help myself.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional
I'm am so envious of your proximity to Williamsburg!! (I live 10 hours away...) That research library they have there is a history geek's dream come true! I got to read a 150 year old biography on Nathan Hale there, in the back archives room. The book was, well, it was a 19th century biography... flowery to say the least... but the experience was much fun!

I'm glad you love The Dreamer! Hopefully in a few more issues you'll be more than half in love with Alan. ;)
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werewolfvampirelove Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
It's great to be close. I'm sorry you have that 10 hour drive. I feel so lucky to be so close to something I love and enjoy.

Isn't that library great? I just love the smell of the books there...

Knowing me I'll be head over heels for Alan in no time, don't you worry ^_^.
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xian-ated Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
its so nice the way you make the musket look shiny. :) the detailed backgrounds are great too. :)
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Jashiku Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Very beautiful.
I want to try and fire a musket one day xD.
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hirere Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
you friggin rock! I haven't read the comic but am a definite fan now :)
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Snitter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Writer
omg, that is so amazing...what a hottie!!! and the colors just blow me away!!
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