These guys are creating their own epic superhero comic with photos instead of illustrations

Apr 17, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

These guys are creating their own epic superhero comic with photos instead of illustrations

Apr 17, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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As their creators describe it, “Project Grand Shadows is a digital photography comic book project about a homeless man, outsider in our society, who gets recruited to an experiment that goes wrong”. It’s an interesting story, but what’s even more interesting is that they’re illustrating it with photos instead of drawings.

Obviously the project is about telling the story, but it’s also about the journey of making the comic. The whole comics with photographs thing has been done before, but usually not very well. The images in this instance, though, are rather good. Creating them presents a unique set of challenges, which is why they’re also documenting its creation.

The team at Project Grand Shadows is made up of three people…

  • Janne is a visual effects and game professional who has worked on commercials and movies. He currently works as a lead game artist at Colossal Order game development studio. His roles in the Project Grand Shadows are writer, director and visual effects artist.
  • Juhamatti is a photographer & visual artist. He loves conceptual photography and portraits that tells a story. His work has been featured in many photography community sites and magazines. His roles in the Project Grand Shadows are photographer, layout-designer and visual effects artist.
  • Matti is graphic designer and Printing Specialist. He has over ten years of experience in advertising industry. his roles in the Project Grand Shadows are lead actor, graphic designer, merchandise master and props and costume craftsman.

The story has just begun, and they’ve released the first few pages of the comic…

Cover
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4

The guys at Project Grand Shadow have also posted up a brief video to introduce the comic. There’s a little behind the scenes going on in the background, but don’t mind the screams.

YouTube video

I’ve never really been a big comic book fan. I like my comics when they hit the big screen. But I do like the idea of this, and I’ll be following it to see how it develops.

If you want to follow it too, head on over to the Project Grand Shadow website to find out more. And be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for announcements and behind the scenes stuff.

 

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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