Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scraps from a mini

For the past week or so I've been working on a minicomic about a scholar and a prostitute. I've been trying out a few different modes of drawing for this one, and I think I'm going to take a good long break from ink washes once this is done.

I've been tooling around with just how much, if any pencil I should use. On small single images, I like the look I get when I don't pencil and just sketch in ink, but for a comic that becomes a little harder. I need to sketch at least a little bit first or there is very little panel to panel consistency. And I definitely need to sketch the faces first and go over them with a bit of precision, or else the expressions communicate very little.

I actually drew all these on separate sheets of paper. Sometimes the foreground and the background are even on separate sheets. I'm in the process of arranging them into a (hopefully) coherent comic now, and doing the lettering. I'm not sure how much I'm behind that process. On one hand, I like the way it makes them all feel disposable. It creates something low pressure which allows me a great deal of freedom. On the other hand, even though I've thumbnailed these pages out I didn't work on them arranged as they will be on the page. I've found myself changing the format around a lot, and I think the overall coherency suffers. I think in the future I'll go back to drawing on the page.

Though, there are a few interesting things that happen what you do a panel on a completely separate page. With this one, I'd originally intended to cut off the panel around the scholar's thighs. Hence why I basically just scribbled in his legs without thinking. But as silly as those legs look, I'm kind of liking the way the whole image with the blank areas and all look.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You get some wolves today

I'll update with some bits and scraps of what I'm currently working on next. Today you get marker sketches of wolves.

Aww. It's the jacked up deformed puppies that look the cutest.

Monday, March 21, 2011

More Ink Sketches

More ink sketches! These are all just a little bit old, and since I made them I've been working on a comic done in a similar fashion to these. I'm playing with different ways of drawing in ink. A lot of people have encouraged me to go without underdrawing like I did with these, and just go straight to ink, but my early attempts at that were a little mixed. I think going straight to ink works for sketches, but if I'm doing characters existing together in an environment that's meant to look consistent and convincing, I think I'm better off with just a little underdrawing, even (especially) if it's really sketchy.

I've started on a minicomic about that mustachioed man and a prostitute. I'll post some stuff from that up here soon.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

It's a blog now!

I've been meaning to start up an artblog for a while, and since I was already using this site for my online portfolio, it seemed natural to put it here...also this way I don't need to make new business cards. Handy.

I've also wanted a place to put these little ink sketches I've been doing. I've gotten to love sketching in ink lately.