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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

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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.

page 5 of the story about a guy with no head is posted

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page 5 (of 22) is now up.

 

start here if you’re just getting here:)

this story has been kicking around in my head for a long time. and even though it’s not new to me (I did this version years ago, showed it to a couple of friends, and stuck it in a drawer) I’m glad people can see it, even if I would probably do a few things on it differently now.

 

 

page 4 of the story about a guy with no head is up

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Page 4 is up.

Or, start from the beginnning.

In the second version of this story, which is the one you’re reading, I decided to drop the narration and go full color, doing all of the artwork in crayons.

Hopefully crayons give the story some accessibility and people, will look at it and say, ‘I can do that.’

Page 5 (of 22) tomorrow.

 

page 3 of story about a guy with no head

Page 3 is up.

But if you’ve’ just found us, you should start here.

I’d been noodling with and doodling the character for a long time before sorting out a story.

When I did get a story figured out, the first version I did was in black and white, very Shel Silverstein, and featured narration.

The story you’re reading is the second version. More on that tomorrow.

a story about a guy with no head

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This story is an idea that’s been floating around in my head for a long time. (I didn’t realize how long until I found a comic from my high school sketchbook.)

I actually made this a long time ago, and it’s been hiding in a drawer.

I’ve got the first two pages up. You can read them here.

I’ll be posting a page a day for the next 20 days or so.

I’ll talk more about it as we go along.

I really hope you dig.

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