Sunday, 22 July 2018

What's to Love?

I'm happy to present another comic featuring that little devil. He'll need a name at some point, but, that's not what this blog is about, so let's get to it.

Pretty simple story/joke here, and I think it is clear and understandable. The once thing I'm not sure is entirely clear is that I wanted to suggest the baby sounds like a fierce cat, not that whatever in the carriage is a cat, and I think the line coming from the carriage suggests the latter, even though that line is present in the other panels. It needed the line, but still, I think that little line is confusing.

Yes, I did hand ink the letters, 'cause I just wanted to get it done and up here. I tried to make them look nice. Hope you like 'em, Mr. Ghost.

Yeah, I re-used the carriage (CHEATER!!!), but I did the shading differently for each panel, which helps it look a bit different.

Again, I like the poses on the devil, and his facial expressions. I really like the grey shading  and flying fur lines on the cat, which help to accentuate it's anger.

I think the joke is cute, but also a bit unexpected.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Blockbusters and Us

Hello Valued Listener(s)!

Oooo, oooh lookie lookie! What's this?! A comic with recurring characters! Calm down, you'll wake the children.

So... Since seeing the Star Wars movie Solo, I've had this comic idea kicking around in my head. So, yes, Lenny's complaint in the second panel are my words and feelings. My biggest concern here was that the dialogue would be too "on the nose". Thanks to Christine for her editorial work.

Yes, the lines are that scratchy textured line. I find it more expressive, and easier to use than a solid, marker-like line. Maybe I'll give the non-textured line another try sometime... or... maybe not.

I like the shadows here - the last comic looked too dark, but the grey toned shadows adds depth. Also, by making the word bubbles grey and putting them behind the characters the comic looks less crowded. Yes... Mr. Ghost, I can hear you. Colour. I might try that on the next one... or... maybe...

I really like the little devil character. He's pretty cute what with his little goat legs, big compassionate eyes (devils can have compassion, I expect... maybe?!) bat wings and his knitted tie. He cracks me up. I was trying to put a goatee on him, but you wouldn't really be able to see it, so I left it off. Maybe it'll be like Hellboy's horns that appear now and then and then that needs trimming.

Oooh, and the happy accident in this one was how the little devil moves closer to the camera and by doing so, gains more importance and visual power over Lenny, while not really changing size - as compared to the can Lenny kicks. I didn't plan that in my roughs, it just happened! 

Looking at it, I can see things that need attention, but, it's posted now, which means I can't go back and fix it... right?!  Well...

It's fine... leave it. Don't try to be perfect.

Friday, 15 June 2018

do something, do ANYTHING!!!

Yeah, it's been a while.

But some things don't change. I still have times of feeling like I can't do anything. So what better thing to do then to do something I can do - draw silly pictures. And what to talk about? Well, whatever comes to mind, and what comes to mind? Well, that I can't do anything, of course.

I hope you'll see more of this chracter and the world he's in.  Time will tell.  

I did something different in this one. The inking was done in Photoshop with my Cintique, but the brush I used was one without texture, but I just kept it really small and sketched and sketched in the lines.  The result (I think) is nice clean lines that look natural. Below is is a close shot of those lines.

I know this is cartoon has lots of those in-jokes and techy terms, and that that might make parts of it meaningless to a lot of people, but I don't care about that right now. I'm sure you get most of it, don't you Mr. I Ghost.  

The cartoon could aslo use more tones.  Grey tones perhaps. I know, I can hear you, sir. Colour. You love your colour comix.  Count yourself lucky you got a cartoon at all!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Let the Inspiration Reign Free

It is funny where inspiration comes from. Christine and I were watching the show Once Upon A Time that features a number of characters from various fairy tales in the storyline. Neither of us were enjoying it, so we turned if off. Come to think of it, I'm not really sure why we bothered, considering I really don't like stories that use fairy tales as a jumping off spot, but we did. 

So a few days ago, I started doodling the little angry guy you see above. I knew he was a dwarf, like from the Snow White story. Who knows why, but I did. I didn't question it, but just kept drawing.

I often draw characters posed as he is, with the camera looking down as it is and always find it challenging and never satisfying. Until now!! Not sure if you can see it but the I used two tricks to make it believable. 

  • I drew a perspective grid under his feet
  • I shaded his knee caps and shins.
I know these tricks, I've known about them for years, but have I ever put them both together with a character posed like this? I don't think so!

So I drew him and then there needed to be something he was looking at and for some reason, a cute dog came to mind. Boy did he turn out cute! The eyes are great and I knew that back leg was going to make look right, but I think it worked 'cause I got the anatomy about right and the shading helped too.

And then there needed to be something beside the little guy, and what better than a treasure chest. I didn't know what to draw inside of it and then I figured light coming out would be most interesting and mysterious.

And speaking of inspiration, now the drawing has inspired me to think about a story featuring this guy, maybe a story about the other dwarves. Who are they, what do they do? What are their real names? what did they do before and after Snow White?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Gift Drawings

Give me a bit of time (2 hours?!), some construction paper and kid's pack of crayola markers and look whatcha get!!

What is it?! Well, an alien world of course! Can't you tell by the green hue, the pink trees with branches that go down, not up?! Obvious!

The first decsion was the colour of paper. Seriously! I drew the perspective grid in a green colour that I hoped wouldn't be too visible in the end. As it turns out, you can see them, but they doesn't detract. Then I drew the doorway of sorts at the bottom and started working to the right. I did the tall pink tree (remember, alien world) and then started filling in the buildings behind. Early on I did the tall building in the back with the exhaust stacks. I didn't really like that part and it threatened to wreck the whole drawing but I perservered. It was either keep on and try to make the rest of the drawing good or admit defeat and try to draw something else, which I didn't really want to do.

So I just kept drawing more and more bits of the building and shading here and there, adding shadows, darkening lines adding railings and so on. Part of the fun of one of these sorts of drawings is how it makes me feel like I'm in the environment, climbing the stairs, seeing what's behind that wall and so on. The yellow and orange ground tiles were particularly inspired as is the odd design/font/text on three walls.

But really, the parts I like best are the parts I did nearly last. Namely, these guys...

Basically stick figures, and they were kind of hard to do because the markers were fat and the paper sucked up the ink, but still I was able to get nice forms - great boot shapes that look like weight is being put on a foot, interesting clothing designs, hats or helmets, pants, arm bands. Neat-o!

... and these creatures coming up from behind...

Weird, slinky, silent dragon-y sort of creatures. Adding them really helped the overall composition and helped make the whole drawing that much more interesting.

I really like this one and find it quite compelling and pretty inspiring! I LOVE when that happens, it is super rewarding. A Christmas gift to myself!