I just watched Herb & Dorothy on Netflix's watch instantly feature. I love watching documentaries. And any documentaries that has anything to do about art get me excited about being creative. I've loved watching Art of the Steal, Art & Copy, I.M. Pei: First Person Singular, Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?, and many more.
After watching Herb & Dorothy I had the urge to get out my acrylic paints and do some painting. This is what I came up with. I don't know if you'd call it a successful painting, but I think it was a personal success in that I'm starting to think about value. I have a ways to go before I understand it, but I'm making progress.
It's good for me to just be creative and not worry about the results. I don't think you can grow as an artist if you are too worried about the results.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
The quest strip I did for Kevin Burkhalter's Kevin Days A Week is up on his blog. Go check it out right now! Kevin's journal comic is a really great read and gushes personality and fun. Plus this guy is a comic making machine. Go check it out now!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Now that I've printed up and put together the first Queue mini-comic, I've had some time to think about the whole process. This being the first mini-comic I've ever made I knew there was going to be a learning curve to the process. I'm really happy with how everything turned out, but I've learned somethings and I don't plan to do everything the same next time. I've already got a story outline for my next mini and I'm looking forward to starting. I thought I'd take some time and write out some of the lessons I've learned to help remind me for next time.
-Stapling is a chore with a typical stapler, so I've order an inexpensive long arm stapler to make the whole process smoother.
-The text needs to be bigger than you think. The text in Queue is legible in the mini but I had to post the images larger than planned online so you can read some of the text in that version.
-Work on a size closer to final format. I'm not totally sure about this lesson. I wasn't totally happy with what shrinking the art did to the line work. The line work lost some of the spontaneity when I shrunk it down 35% in Photoshop.
-Include more backgrounds. I think some more backgrounds and atmosphere would help draw the reader into the story more. I ended up redrawing page three for compositional reasons but when I redrew the last panel I included more of the background and I think it really made the page better.
-Don't skimp on paper. Cheap computer paper or copy paper just doesn't look or feel right.
-Make your layouts as clear as possible. If your editors/first readers are using too much of their imagination and are guessing what's going on that's NOT a good thing.
Like I said I'm really happy with how things turned out but every time you tell a story you should learn from the process and be a better storyteller because of it.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Here's the first few pages of my freshly completed mini comic Queue. You can read the whole thing on my web page. The comic wasn't originally intended for the web but I feel it works pretty well online. A big thanks goes out to my wife, Mike, and Kevin for help with the editing/story process. I Hope you enjoy it.