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Comic 1540 - Ep. 21, Page 35

22nd Jan 2014, 12:41 AM in Episode 21 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 22nd Jan 2014, 12:41 AM edit delete
smbhax
So because I was frustrated slightly more than usual with yesterday's page, I of course got to dreaming up some miraculous solution in the form of an art materials change. This started taking a definite direction when right before bed last night I did this little marker pen ink sketch

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which was kind of fun and for not the first time I thought yeah see I could just do the whole comic in this combination of large and small black markers. Look how sharp and easy it is! I could probably even do multiple pages per day! That thought is not unusual but this time I went a step further and thought hm well full-size pen sketching hasn't worked that well, but WHAT IF I were to say make the page smaller, like the size of this sketch? How could that not work? So this afternoon I cut out some 9.25" x 3.9" pieces of my favorite marker paper--much tinier, you see, than A*'s usual 16" x 6.75" pages--and I'd had the additional brain stroke that at this particular 9.25" width, they just fit neatly into regular #10 business envelopes, so I could offer free shipping when I sell them, instead of having to ship them expensively in a box. And I wouldn't even have to go down to the post office to do it! Bonus!

The problem with this plan of course, as I have proven to myself more than once in the past, is that it doesn't work: I can't do much more than a simple non-specific character pose in a sketch, at least not on purpose. So like when I took a shot at drawing today's A* scene straight out in pen on these tiny pages, I could do the dude by himself okay

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but as soon as I tried to add the figure of Selenis' self-declared friend in relation to that, and in a more complicated pose (the layout I was trying at first was somewhat different, but in any case some perspective was still involved), the drawing just refused to work itself out neatly, and I went through four or five tries before giving up and going back to start in on my usual 16" page with a pencil and lots of erasing.

I still dream of doing an awesome off-the-cuff sketch comic...but uh yeah I apparently am not really able to make that happen. Maybe if I keep practice-sketching away, some day...

Hm I suppose one way to manage it would be to switch to more like a square page size, so as to just focus on one character per page/panel. I don't think I'm particularly anxious to do that, though.

Comments:

cattservant 22nd Jan 2014, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Suspicion is in the air!

[BTW: Practice is said to make proficient.]
smbhax 22nd Jan 2014, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
It would be interesting if practice made you worse! Although sometimes it feels like it : P
moizmad 22nd Jan 2014, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
moizmad
Yeah, he had a date with his boyfriend!
smbhax 22nd Jan 2014, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Ooh, burnnn