Browsing articles tagged with " Character"

Nick Concept: by Brad Heitmeyer

Sep 12, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

In a previous post, I mentioned a buddy of mine from back at the start of my video game carrier, Brad Heitmeyer (don’t think I mentioned his name before). Anyway, Brad is the guy putting together some So-Called Living pages for his portfolio.

He sent me the picture you see here, about a week or so ago. It’s his first concept of Nick, one of SCL’s main characters. Brad’s style is a lot more realistic compared to the artists that have tried this in the past. It’s not what I expected, but it’s still a nice piece. I’m interested to see where he goes with the rest of it, and how it fits in with the mood of the SCL world. It could be just the thing SCL needed… or not. Either way, we have a new piece of artwork to enjoy.

Good work Brad, I can’t wait to see more. I do hope this works out ;)

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Illustration by Brad Heitmeyer 2013


A Style Deserving of it’s Own Story

Aug 29, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

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So, Ray Zhang… I’ve mentioned him before. He’s an artist who wants to do a comic and is looking for a writer. Lucky for Ray, I know just the guy… me.

Now that I have Ray on the team, the first thing I do is hand him the So-Called Living script, and see what he can do with it. The outcome was both good and bad. You see, Ray’s style isn’t really suited for SCL, it’s got an old Japanese anime style to it, which is cool, just not a good fit for this script.

When I tell Ray what I think, he tells me he understands, and wants to learn how to draw a little more “Westernized” style of comic (FYI: He’s from China), to which I replied, “Don’t you dare!” I love the old school anime Ray brings to the table, so I tell him that I’m going to write up a new story that would best suit his style and interests, and that this can be a story we collaborate on.  Ray’s all excited.

The images I’ve attached are some rough samples of Ray’s work.

New concept art for Jack!

Jan 16, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Jamie is back on the drawing train!

He just sent me this new concept for Jack. This is concept number four actually.

Is this the final look for our hero?… Stay tuned to find out!


Some Art!

Apr 9, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

It’s not much, but it’s all I could pry out of Jamie’s resistant hands. I get he doesn’t want to show to much before it’s released, and that’s a good thing. I probably would have show you the entire book by now if not for him playing the roll of the cooler head, which as we know prevails.

Anyway…. When asked for some art, Jamie replied “I’m sure I can get you something”.  A short while later I received this e-mail…

I would like to introduce you to “Waiting for the bus, Gus” He will be making his debut in the first issue of So-Called Living.  :P

… Thanks Jamie

Nuff Said

Mar 21, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

More Than Only Human

Mar 19, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

So-Called living takes place in a world where anything is possible, and follows the life of Jack, an ordinary guy dealing with everyday problems is a world that is anything but ordinary. From time to time I’ll drop a few facts about the world of So-Called living, to give you an idea of what to expect. It’ll be something like this…

Fact 1: Vampires exist, and live among us (us being the people of So-Called Living, not us “us”).

Fact 2: There are very few vampires in existence, and those that do exist are separated into two types.

Forest Fairies: Your overly emotional, frilly, cloak wearing brand of vampire,  pulled from the pages of an Ann Rice novel.


Bulls: Emotionally distant with total disregard for authority, and rough around the edges (your bad ass cool guy).

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, trust me.


Nick & Casper Concept Art

Mar 12, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

I was at the 2012 Toronto ComiCon this weekend to spread the the word about So-Called Living… it could have gone better. It wasn’t like I had a table or anything, just a few promo cards printed up at the last minute to promote this blog, but with all the other handouts going around, it’s easy for a little orange card to get lost in the mix. I only handed out about 50 cards, so I’m not expecting much. I’m thinking what I need is a hot chick to hand out cards, that’ll make them listen! It always got me to listen. Not to mention that I feel uncomfortable going up to strangers to promote myself. For someone else I could do it, for me… not so much. Anyway, back to the reason we’re here today. I got two more concepts from Jamie  for you guys, Nick (top) & Casper (bottom). Nick by far is my favourite So-Called Living concept. Well done Jamie my boy, well done.

Jill Concept Art

Mar 9, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

More character concepts from Jamie Riehl. Just a head shot so far, but I’m sure we’ll get a look at those gams any day now.

When ask “Got anything you would like to say about the Jill concept?”

Jamie responded “She has great “spirit” ? lol …no not really, i know her very little thus far”


Jack Concept Art

Mar 8, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

The moment all three of you have been waiting for! Our first look at Jack. These early concepts by the talented Mr. Riehl (pronounced “real”) put a face to the name. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited! I find having these images, (even in their early stages) really helps breath life into characters that until now were just words on paper, and as a writer, this is really going to help clarify the muddied up scenes that run through my head when writing the story.

Thanks Jamie, these look awesome!

Character Break Down: Casper

Mar 6, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

This will be the last character sheet for the next little bit while I switch my focus back to writing this bad boy. Hopefully we’ll have some art to go with these sheets soon, and when we do, you’ll find it here first ;)