YouTube – The Boy with Nails for Eyes – Trailer

3 01 2011

Shaun Gardiner’s ‘The Boy with Nails for Eyes’ has to be one of the most ambitious and innovative works of comic book art, sound design and new media I’ve seen in recent years. Gardiner’s illustrations are simply stunning and his talents as a soundtrack composer seems to attain new heights with each passing chapter. This trailer provides a glimpse of the richly-textured world that Gardiner has created.

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The Boy with Nails for Eyes – Bobby

13 06 2010

Chapter 1 - BobbyShaun Gardiner has just released the latest chapter of his online comic book tale “The Boy with Nails for Eyes”. This chapter features the character “Bobby” as he “pursues a quest to the knotted heart of the world he lives in, and encounters the shadows that lurk there.” The enigmatic storytelling compliments Shaun’s mixed media illustration style, which is both painterly and imaginative in terms of subject matter and panel layouts.

Shaun has provided both a flash-based ‘full-version’ replete with animation and sound, as well as a ‘lo-fi’ version, which is similar to reading a static comic book. Shaun has also tweaked the navigation, which now features simple rollover areas to the left and right of each screen.

Prologue: The Crows – The Boy with Nails for Eyes

27 03 2010

Crow detail from 'The Boy with Nails for Eyes'

Written, illustrated and musically scored by Shaun Gardiner, ‘The Boy with Nails for Eyes’ is a highly accomplished and visually evocative piece of work that firmly retains a comic book aesthetic, while exploring new media forms of navigation. The prologue displays various themes of war, mythology, impending danger, and the spectre of industrialisation.

Gardiner’s artwork combines mixed media such as chalk, acrylic, spray paint, ink, pencils charcoals, collage and photography. The following extract from his website details the artistic process.

“In the case of The Boy with Nails for Eyes, the images are generally composed with gradual ink washes onto pencil outlines, before being detailed with acrylic, chalk, charcoal and pencil, before being scanned into Photoshop. There, it can be a case of simply adding some colour, or bringing in various photographic or digital elements, or altering the original image in some way. More often than I’d like, I have to fix mistakes in the original drawing.”

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