It's finally here! The very first chapter ever in the first issue of Summer Story Telling! I figured I'd just keep the order simple and illustrate the first chosen story that was submitted. I have to say though, this was a very different story for me and it definitely shakes things up with the type of characters I tend to draw which is also why I am really excited about it.
Symphony in .45 ACP Cartridge is written by Ryan Ayers who can be found here. Like I said, this story was really exciting for me because it made me try different things. At first when I sketched up some drafts I immediately did some washes in black and white and some yellow which was very similar to other work I'd done and definitely in my comfort zone. So, seeing that this was the perfect story to shake things up I redrew the sketches and went with a vibrant red and blue.
The other exciting thing I liked about this story was adding the awesome Police chief who it seemed like was in a high stakes chess match with the criminal and his henchmen. If you notice some chess-like imagery in the illustrations it must have been on my mind.
Alright, Without further ado:
Symphony in .45 ACP Cartridge, By Ryan Ayers
Symphony in .45 ACP Cartridge
"Light flashed on a building somewhere around the city of Pittsburgh. Police cars congregated on its door step spreading out iron wings to unleash a sea of stern blue capped faces. Sky blue and blood red alternated painting the surrounding world as 21st and 8th street were stalked by Pittsburgh's best and brightest.
Within the shattered walls of the 4th floor, eight men in dark suits and darker moods stretched shadows from windows, feet scuffing hands tapping brows sweating.
Only one sat enthroned on top of an office chair on top of a pool table with the royal authority of Caesar. He was smoking. Finally one of his men turned and haltingly asked what could they do?
Voices thundered outside throwing turquoise with violet lightning in the dark room. The man stopped smoking, leaned on one arm and looked out the window and smiled. One more squad car and he'd have just the odds he liked."
And that launches us headlong into Summer Story Telling. I'm thrilled about this project! let me know what you think and watch for the second story coming out next Friday!