Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Finished Draft

Thanks to a productive week, I've completed the finished draft of the next book, currently titled This World is not for Burning. It clocked in at 134 pages. Next up will be all the scanning and an edit on my part. After that, I'll make some copies and pass them around to people for feedback and then another edit. Then, there'll be coloring and figuring out how I'm gonna get this thing printed.

These were the pages I finished this week:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Back to the Track

I've decided to pick back up on my race car comic Faster Miles an Hour. I think maybe five people will be excited about this, but Faster Miles an Hour is not really a book for other people. It's really for me, and what it is for me is a place for pure creation.  

With my other work, I lean towards to control. There's so much of an effort to get things right: get the drawing right, the facial expression, the sequence, the turn of the pages, get them all right. If it doesn't work, do it again.  There is a creative element in all this of course, but so much of it is editing, taking the creation and pounding it into shape and polishing it. These are important things to do, but I wouldn't really describe editing and redrawing as joyous.

Faster Miles an Hour is for my own joy. It's the child in me getting out all his matchbox cars and racing the afternoon away.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sit in the Chair and Do the Drawing

I'm at the point in the next big book where all the creative, exploratory, fun stuff is pretty much over, and now it's just a matter of sitting down and grinding it out. Drawing really feels more like a chore than anything else.

I was able to make myself sit down on Saturday and crank out about ten pages of comics. It may sound like a lot, but the style of these comics is pretty loose, so it's not really Jack Kirby six-pages-a-day territory.

I'm very proud of the starry sky in the third panel of this page.

And this page gives me the willies.

But of course, because this is the grind-it-out phase, my mind is very open to all sorts of distractions. There are so many ideas and semi-ideas that come calling. I could continue with Faster Miles an Hour or The Sex Sex. I could do a panel for panel redraw of Youngblood #1. Or I could just rewrite Youngblood #1 entirely. Draw it in the style of Tom Gauld. Or I could do a vampire comic. Like a cyber-punk vampire comic. Or maybe something where everybody rides wolves and bears. Or dinosaurs.

They're all so alluring.

Monday, November 7, 2016

This Week in Drawing

All the drawings I did this week:

I'm working on a little flipbook. The idea is one continuous dance, but with each flip the character will change.

Stanley Kubrick.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I think this one will be called The Tower.

What started out as an attempt to get better at making strong single images has turned into what I think will be the next next book. It's gonna a cross-hatching heavy fantasy. These drawings are basically functioning as a style test for what I want the rest of the book to look like. There's definitely going to be a Mœbius influence, but I hope that it isn't too much of a Mœbius influence. But then, is it possible to have too much of a Mœbius influence?

Also, for some of the concepts of these drawings I was looking at tarot decks.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sweet Style

I worry about style. Specifically, I worry about having an inconsistent style. Sometimes my drawings look pretty mainstream. Sometimes they're pretty indie. I worry that it makes it hard for the reader or potential fan. They see some tricked out superhero in a spacesuit on Instagram and then get some comic about a person having to share their coffee with someone they find repugnant. 

A baseball pitcher mixes up his pitches and tries to keep the batter guessing. The batter expects a fast ball and gets a curveball. It's good for a pitcher to do that, but I'm not sure that it makes my life easier as a creator. Batter and pitcher are opposed, but creator and reader/viewer shouldn't be, should they? They should be one the same page.

But I keep skipping pages and switching books.

But there are a lot of comics to be drawn, and they can't all be drawn in the same style.

These pages are from an untitled work in progress. I penciled the panel borders, but everything else was done straight to ink. There's something a little more human in those wobbly lines, and this is a human story. The colors are tentative.