The KING… Jack Kirby.

The KING… Jack Kirby.

First 4 pages from X-Files: Year Zero #2 out tomorrow (technically today!)

Thought I’d post these here, since the preview is out (with the coloured lettered pages)

This issue was really fun to draw. There are some fun scenery changes and moments of tension.

—vic

A tiny panel from X-Files: Year Zero #3. 
Firstly - I’ve learned to freehand a lot of lines over the last while. I like the overall feel it gives to a piece. Sometimes one or two ruled lines can add structure when you have lots of free handed lines, but often times they can ruin the whole feel or reality of the piece. Case by case, I guess.
It’s important to layout your perspective accurately though.

Secondly - I kind of love the shapes of the car exhaust in this panel.

—vic

A tiny panel from X-Files: Year Zero #3.

Firstly - I’ve learned to freehand a lot of lines over the last while. I like the overall feel it gives to a piece. Sometimes one or two ruled lines can add structure when you have lots of free handed lines, but often times they can ruin the whole feel or reality of the piece. Case by case, I guess.

It’s important to layout your perspective accurately though.

Secondly - I kind of love the shapes of the car exhaust in this panel.

—vic

Talking Comix: Thumbprint #2 - Pages 14 and 15.

Here’s the black and white art and the colour art for a double page spread from Thumbprint which is a book I did last year.

My editor insisted I colour the book as well as draw it and it was a daunting task, but I learned a hell of a lot doing it. I’ll probably colour my own work again someday (I still colour some of the covers I do), but it’s nice to see what a great colourist can add to your work. it’s one of the best things about collaborating.

As far as the linework for this book and even for most of my stuff now, I always strive to capture some sort of urgency to the line and to the brush strokes. It’s very specific and I rarely hit the mark, but I think I’m getting better at it. I don’t think this example really worked as well as I’d wanted, but it’s still looks pretty good to me and was as good as I could do at the time.

For the colours, I planned from the layout stage to tackle the sky and the desert with colour and spent a good deal of time working on a digital painting that complimented the rough art. I spent a lot of time making a few custom brushes that gave me a good dry brush effect and used those brushes a ton for this book.

I’m not a big fan of using blur effects and that sort of thing on comic art, but I thought it added something here and the rest of the Thumbprint team liked it as well.

As for those small impact panels. I don’t think it was scripted that way, but I wanted to slow down and focus on how much of a rag doll the guy looked like as his body made contact with the ground.

—vic

imagecomics:

ROCHE LIMIT—A melting pot of crime, on the edge of the cosmos
An all-new ongoing hardboiled crime mystery set in a science-fiction world by Michael Moreci (HOAX HUNTERS, HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN) and Vic Malhotra (X-Files: Year Zero, Thumbprint)

Guardians Month: Vic Malhotra

multiversitycomics:

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Vic Malhotra is the artist on the upcoming Image book “Roche Limit,” written by Michael Moreci. In addition to that, he is also illustration half of “X-Files: Year Zero,” and is the noir half of the amazing “Tiger Lawyer.” Last year, he was the artist on “Thumbprint” with Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella from IDW, which is an adaptation of Hill’s novella of the same name. Check out hisTumblr, his blog, and follow him on Twitter (@VicMalholtra)!

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Taking a minute between drawing Roche Limit pages to post something here.
 

This is Page 11 of X-Files: Year Zero #1 (IDW) that came out last week. It’s also the first page from my half of the story (the 1940’s story of the first X-file.)


Mat Lopes (the colourist) came up with this really nice blue centric colour palette for this page that I just love. I like working with Mat, although he probably gets really annoyed at my constant colour guides and changes. I think he said I was definitely the most involved and detail noticing artist he’s worked with. ha.
I drew this page 3 times at different sizes until I decided what I was comfortable with. I ended up finally drawing it and the rest of the issue (and series) just a bit over print size. It’s a size that Zach Howard (Artist of Wild Blue Yonder) showed me.
This book, even the issue I’m working on now, has,been filled with 6 panel pages, so it’s a cool lesson in trying to find different ways to layout pages. For this one I went with the uber stack (that’s my term for 5 tiers), not sure I could do 6 tiers, but maybe that’s something I should do for issue 3 of the series. You gotta know when to try something different and when to just go with 6 even square panels that I associate with some of Alex Toth’s work, like his Zorro stuff. It does help that my story takes place in the 40’s so I fully embrace going for a look that suits the period.
I was looking at a lot of Kevin Nowlan at the time and tried to be controlled, but at some point I just grabbed a brush and went to town. Should have put some clouds in that first panel sky, but I like the openness of it as well. oh well.
One thing I’ve learned with drawing comics is just to do your best in the time you have. Make sure the storytelling works and move on. You’ll have the opportunity to tackle similar shots in different ways down the line.
Okay, back to work.
—vic

Taking a minute between drawing Roche Limit pages to post something here.

 

This is Page 11 of X-Files: Year Zero #1 (IDW) that came out last week. It’s also the first page from my half of the story (the 1940’s story of the first X-file.)

Mat Lopes (the colourist) came up with this really nice blue centric colour palette for this page that I just love. I like working with Mat, although he probably gets really annoyed at my constant colour guides and changes. I think he said I was definitely the most involved and detail noticing artist he’s worked with. ha.

I drew this page 3 times at different sizes until I decided what I was comfortable with. I ended up finally drawing it and the rest of the issue (and series) just a bit over print size. It’s a size that Zach Howard (Artist of Wild Blue Yonder) showed me.

This book, even the issue I’m working on now, has,been filled with 6 panel pages, so it’s a cool lesson in trying to find different ways to layout pages. For this one I went with the uber stack (that’s my term for 5 tiers), not sure I could do 6 tiers, but maybe that’s something I should do for issue 3 of the series. You gotta know when to try something different and when to just go with 6 even square panels that I associate with some of Alex Toth’s work, like his Zorro stuff. It does help that my story takes place in the 40’s so I fully embrace going for a look that suits the period.

I was looking at a lot of Kevin Nowlan at the time and tried to be controlled, but at some point I just grabbed a brush and went to town. Should have put some clouds in that first panel sky, but I like the openness of it as well. oh well.

One thing I’ve learned with drawing comics is just to do your best in the time you have. Make sure the storytelling works and move on. You’ll have the opportunity to tackle similar shots in different ways down the line.

Okay, back to work.

—vic

michael-moreci:

Sneak peek to the cover for Roche Limit #3. Initial orders are due this Friday, so be sure to tell your retailer to stock it!

I’m so behind on keeping you all up to date on this book and my other projects. Just swamped with work between X-Files Year Zero and Roche Limit.
Anyway, here’s this badass cover for Roche Limit #3. 
—vic

michael-moreci:

Sneak peek to the cover for Roche Limit #3. Initial orders are due this Friday, so be sure to tell your retailer to stock it!

I’m so behind on keeping you all up to date on this book and my other projects. Just swamped with work between X-Files Year Zero and Roche Limit.

Anyway, here’s this badass cover for Roche Limit #3.

—vic

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idwcomics:

The X-Files: Year Zero #1 Advanced Preview

RI Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Words by Karl Kesel, Interior Art by Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott, Colors by Mat Lopes

(via seriesilovethemost)

lamar-williams said: HEY IS THE NEW SERIES DROPPING TODAY OR DID IT ALREADY DROP?

The new book isn’t out for a few months (Comes out near the end of September) BUT, you can find a preview of the book on the Nerdist. Your timing was impreccable because they just put it up!

Follow this link

http://www.nerdist.com/2014/06/exclusive-meet-roche-limit-michael-moreci-and-vic-malhotras-new-creator-owned-image-comics-series/

The book is called Roche Limit.

Thanks!

—vic

edit! : Put in the correct link.

Iron Fist commission from EEK Comic and Pop Fest this past weekend.

—vic

Iron Fist commission from EEK Comic and Pop Fest this past weekend.

—vic

Here’s a mash-up of various panels from my half of X-Files: Year Zero #1 which is out this July from IDW. Karl Kesel wrote a darn good script. I’m tackling the parts of the story that take place in the 1940’s.

—vic

Here’s a mash-up of various panels from my half of X-Files: Year Zero #1 which is out this July from IDW. Karl Kesel wrote a darn good script. I’m tackling the parts of the story that take place in the 1940’s.

—vic