Wednesday 13 May 2015

The Frame Up

When you were a kid, at the end of the day, did anyone ever ask "What you learned in school today?" I'll tell you what I learned by doing this one, but first, see all that distracting stuff behind drawings 1 & 2?  Try to ignore it - it was on the reverse side of the paper I was using.  Not important!

You can see I had the concept pretty well mapped out right from drawing 1. I did drawing 2 because I wasn't happy with the left character's right hand. I thought he needed to be indicating the plant and I also thought he should be moved a bit to the left. Turns out that hand was more challenging than expected - tough angle and I didn't know what I wanted. When I got to inking, I tried to draw it a few times over but honestly, I wasn't happy with any of them including the one you see. I did consider doing another rough but I felt I couldn't waste any more time on it so I just went with what was finished last.

The nurse has pretty funny hands and the shapes are nice. There probably should have been more medical type stuff around, an IV drip, perhaps a defibrillator, a bag of fertilizer, but again, time was an issue. Too bad, 'cause those elements would be funny.

But back to the first question.  What did I learn?

Look at the difference between drawing 3 and 4. I should have been working and inking within a frame because as you can see some stuff got left out. Well, yes, only the medical chart got left out, but really, I think that detail is gold. Also, the whole thing feels a bit cramped. If I'd had a slightly larger frame, I could have pushed the man's word bubble up which would make it all less cramped.

1 comment:

  1. The hand looks good. Everything looks good, especially the guy's goofy mug.


    Everything you say is true. A few more details would have taken this cartoon over the top. A fertilizer bag, an IV drip... you should'a put those in!


    You're worried that you had to crop out some elements (and you're right again - that medical chart is comedy gold -- it's too bad that you cropped it out) but -- it's a digital file! You can monkey with it! You could have just played with scale and fit that medical chart in. Sure, everybody would be a smidge fatter but who cares?

    Just sayin'...


Thanks for your input!