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Sketchy Strangers

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

I just discovered a Subreddit called “redditgetsdrawn,” where people post pictures of themselves and other users, mostly amateurs like me, take a stab at drawing them. It’ll definitely be a go-to when I need some practice material.

Wannabe Block

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Can you tell I’m a little uninspired lately? I think it’s the awkward transition from a project back to learning in earnest. There’s a ton of different things I need to practice, but where to start?

Merry Whiplash

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Thought I’d see if I still remember how to animate.

Late-Breaking Coverage

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Cover idea. Not sure if it works.

Scratch that, since I’m bored and lazy, this will probably just be the cover!

Authentic Chinese Pizza

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It’s done! Not necessarily to my satisfaction, but it’s done nonetheless. Oh, except for a cover. Don’t rush me! Click on the first page and then use your arrow keys to read.

Well, I’ll work on the cover tomorrow, and then see if I can print out few copies. I’ll offer some more thoughts on the comic creating experience when I’m a bit less sleepy.

And For My Next Christmas Miracle

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Just some proof that I’m still working. I think I’ve gone to my last Christmas party this year, so this weekend will be a terrific time to put this thing to bed.

Black and White Christmas

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Got a corny idea for a Christmas card involving a pengin. Here’s the initial sketch.

Then Again…

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Digital inking has its advantages. For instance, I can use different layers to experiment with different elements, and I’m less anxious about inking freehand, as I did with these background characters.

Size Matters

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I should just be finishing this, but I guess experimenting with comic inking isn’t the worst form of procrastination. A lot of comic book artists who still work with ink do their pages on 11″x17″ paper. Among the advantages: little imperfections disappear when shrunk down to print size, and the larger the scale, the easier it is to manipulate a brush or brush pen.

So anyway, working on a sheet of 8.5″x11″ paper made for a panel around 3″ wide, and even my tiniest brush pen seemed too thick unless I gave it a featherlight (and shaky) touch. So to see what it would be like to ink in the larger format, I printed this panel at about 5″ wide. Turns out that’s a great size for rendering lines similar to the digital ones I’d settled on, using my Zebra fine pen.


I definitely like the look of the gray copic marker over the uniform digital gray, but I still prefer the digital line, if only because the computer has helped me look more competent than I really am. It makes sense to leverage technology, but there’s definitely something more satisfying about putting pen to paper. It’s also more comfortable, because I’m not tied to a tiny graphics tablet on my desk. I think I have to make my next project analog; it’ll improve my skills even if I settle on digital.