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Like Digital Butter

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Now I’m experimenting with digitally inking in the same style. Decidedly smoother, but less character? I dunno. I guess it’s all about the same once it’s reduced in size.

The Ghost of Charles Schulz

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This is just a test panel for my comic book, to see if I think I can use real ink instead of doing it digitally. My problem is, I can’t zoom into the paper like I can a digital file, so my naturally shaky hands tend to betray me when drawing little characters with a brush pen. But, I’ll keep practicing.

Witch’ll it Be

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This is what you call a two-fer. My sister commissioned a drawing of her coworker as a witch (for her birthday…no insult intended, I think!), and I’m also using it to meet my daily sketch blog quota. Pure sorcery.

All Thumbs

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All right, I laid out 8 pages! Honestly I’m a little nervous about the response from the class, but as long as it’s something more constructive than “start over, you hack!” I’ll be happy.

Why Layout When You Can Lay About?

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Actually, I can also blame pesky presidential debates for my slow progress, but I’m expected to have a thumbnail version of my entire comic book by tomorrow night, and I’ve done one page. Guess who’ll be pulling an all-nighter, UCLA-style!

On the plus side, at Utrecht art store I found these useful comic book layout drawing pads.

A Novel Idea

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Hey, sometimes you gotta write before you can draw. I’ve been toying with varying ideas with the same theme, but I think it’s finally starting to come into focus.

Get Away From Me, Meathead

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Couldn’t sleep, so I caught up with an old friend.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

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In my improv class it’s rare to hear a recited joke, but one of my classmates felt it was relevant to the conversation:

Why did the elephant paint his toenails?

Because he was hiding in the rose bushes.

Cue 10 minutes of banter about elephants and toenails. Improv is a lot of fun.

Gotta Get Myself Connected

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Here’s two sketches from last night’s brainstorming session. I was thinking of displaying ┬ámost New Yorkers, from the protagonist’s perspective, as shrouded in shadow. Conversely, the little connections he makes, like helping a tourist, are as clear as day.

I kinda like the idea, but I fear that the dark vs. light thing will seem to imply that the character is morose. What I’m really trying to express is turning inward vs. turning outward. It’s possible to be happy but inward-gazing. I just need to find a way to visualize the difference between shutting people out and letting people in.

 

A Pile of Disjointed Ideas

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But hey, at least they’re ideas! That’s the real value of this class, is that it locks me in a room and forces me to be creative for a few hours. I just need to find a way to do that more than once a week.