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i’ve got 4 strips drawn

but i’m scared to ink and color them

working digitally i can screw up the colors on a separate layer and the drawing itself is still intact

same with inking

you can see it on the screen capture timelapses

if i don’t place a dot of ink in just the right spot and just the right size i undo it

over and over and over again

quickly

until i get it right

its one of the reasons i’m more productive working digitally

its nice to not have to live very long with your mistakes –

no such luxury pushing watercolors and inks around in real life

 

watercolor practice

i’m still struggling with the watercolors

and those first two poses were too similar

but it was a fun moment where little guy was all involved in painting one moment and then completely distracted the next

stencil

i made myself a little stencil

stencil

it helps me make 4 in x 4 in squares in my sketchbook

using the stencil makes it faster than having to measure and mark the lines out every time

getting the courage to make comics, even if they’re ugly or messy, or don’t come out the way i want to has really come from reading lynda barry’s syllabus and hanging out at the  tumblr she uses to stay in contact with the comics class she teaches

if you’re thinking about making comics (or anything really) and you’re scared to, lynda barry is good company to have with you while you work

self-rejected steps strip

here’s a look at the first version of yesterday’s steps strip

reject

i hated it when i got done with it

the son character was too difficult to distinguish from the background

i tried a lot of different things to get the background to ‘fade back’

first i tried erasing it (you can see where the paper tore and i had to repair it with tape)

then i painted over it with white watercolor

the strip really looked like a mess to me, and i couldnt stand the sight of it, so i decided to redo it

i’m glad i did, because the second ‘published’ version fits in to the look of the other steps strips better

but now i love the look of the first version (how did that happen?)

i love the messiness – it could be a good look for a future project

here’s a look at the strip earlier in the process

looking at it now, i realize that this would have worked too

all i really needed to do was darken the kid to separate him from the tv and tv stand

i think  i panicked while working and fumbling with the watercolors

one of the things i need to do better is remember to slow down while i’m working

new ‘steps’ strip is up: ‘scratch’

the last couple of these have been done in watercolor and ink and pencil

instead of digital

working digitally you can a make your mistakes quicker

with analog tools there’s a lot more redrawing and starting over

so it takes me a lot longer to create a finished strip

in fact i did this strip twice

tomorrow i’ll show you the version i rejected

read the new ‘steps’ strip ‘scratch’ here

a new steps strip is up

stepsimage

 

it’s been so long since the last one

but a new ‘steps’ strip, ‘potty training’, is up

almost every other ‘steps’ strip has been done in digital, pushing pixels around

but today’s is fully scribbled in pencil, with lots of (kneadable) erasing, then brushing down puddles of watercolor, and finally a bit of inking

if this is the first ‘steps’ comic you’ve happened to catch

you can start reading ‘steps’ strips here

we’re past the halfway point

 

the story continues, as does balloon’s journey, with page 12

if you have just stumbled upon this story, you can pick up from the beginning here

in other news, there’s not much news:

i’m reading space opera, in hardcover, and i just finished the westing game on the kindle.

as soon as i finished i read that the author, ellen raskin, did quite a bit of work designing the book visually; not just the cover, but even how the text would appear on the page. so if you’re going to read it, find an analog copy.

digging in to the brushes and paints again

urinalwatercolor1

urinalwatercolor2

urinalwatercolor3

what i like about working digitally is not having to see my mistakes for very long

i can get through more bad drawings faster

but posting old work on screentone is giving me a chance to get back in to the brushes and inks and paints

here’s a few stages from a piece last night

felt so clumsy and missed that undo button

but stuck with it long enough to push through some of those feelings and doubts and wanting to quits

on the next one i need to SLOW DOWN – be more patient – have a lighter touch

(and if you can’t tell what’s going on in this sketch, and who could blame you, the dad is installing a little urinal for potty training)

(also: look at that terrible drawing of a toilet. just look at it. it is so squat and fat. sheesh.)

check out previous watercolor attempts here

 

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