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Gabe / on Thu, Jan 17 2013 at 9:52 am

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It was a little over two years ago that we gave you guys one page of our SAND comic idea. We also pitched you The New Kid and Queen of Bells at the same time. We asked you all to vote on your favorite and SAND managed to beat out the New Kid but it was incredibly close. We went on to work with Gary Whitta on an outline for a New Kid movie which we ended up selling to Paramount. They are still sitting on it, but who knows maybe someday it will become a real animated movie. As for SAND we sort of dropped the ball on it and now its been two years and we haven’t made good on our promise to give your more.

We decided that this year would be the year we finally deliver on SAND and I’ve been doing a lot of work to get ready. When we do these quick idea pitches like SAND, Lookouts, or Automata I don’t get to spend much time concepting them out. Now that I have some time I decided I wanted to rework the look of the main character in SAND. I actually came up with him about 16 years ago right after high school. In fact I did some digging and here is my original drawing of him!

We brought the idea back and changed it up a bit two years ago when we pitched it to you guys but I didn’t spend much time on the character design. As a result I wasn’t very happy with his look which is something I’m trying to fix now before we do more. So I’ve been working in my sketch book lately trying to nail a face that I like. I’ve got a bunch of pages of faces like this one:

I finally landed on this sketch which I liked a lot.

I worked up a version in Photoshop and I’m pretty happy with it.

(click for a big version)

I still have some work to do on his outfit and his weapons. Tycho and I are working out the details for the story line and hopefully I’ll be able to start cranking out some pages soon. So I’m sorry for the delay but hopefully the end result will be worth the wait.

-Gabe out

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