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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

last of the 2015 everybody comes to raph’s

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Here’s the final five 2015 strips of the Casablanca/TMNT mashup webcomic, ‘Everybody Comes To Raph’s  by Mcwhitseen and I.

It’s been fun to go back through them again since first posting them on the tumbles back in 2015. It’s still staggering to me how well the world’s align

You’ve probably noticed the shift in styles over the course of the work, as I tried to find a way to work faster, and smarter. At one point in 2015 I was posting new strips every day and sketches on the weekend, but mostly it was long gaps between posts.

Of the visual styles I used I think the ‘painted’ look was the most evocativethe most appealing. It’s the look I would use if I were doing the project from beginning to end.

Wouldn’t that would be fun, to do the entire Casablanca movie populated with the Turtles universe? Maybe one day.

Here’s lookin at you, kid.

 

a few more raphs

 

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sad that i never got april as ilsa to look as good in the strip as she did in the sketchbook

posted a few more raph’s  in the once ongoing, now nongoing mashup of Casablanca and The Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles, co-written with fellow scribe mcwhitsteen, and originally posted on the tumbles

you can start from the ‘beginning‘ here, but i’d like to warn you… it’s not the beginning

and thank you to Michael Barrett for the kind words on his micro.blog

 

 

more everybody comes to raphs

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so if you’ve been reading along in our casablanca/tmnt mashup, the story continues here

or you could start here. which was kind of where we started, but its not the beginning of the movie.

mostly we skipped around to the parts where we could make pizza jokes.

the photo here is one of the sketches for this strip

and if you haven’t seen casablanca you should stop reading this right now, go watch it, and then come back and read these. you’ll get twice as many jokes. maybe more

a new comics page

I’m pretty excited about the new Comics page I set up.

It will give a home to all of the webcomics I’ve made over last few years.

Here’s a quick intro to the new (to you) strips:

 

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Everybody Comes to Raph’s is the Casablanca/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mashup that no one asked for. ( I do think the two universes line up astonishingly well, though biased as I may be.) I originally wrote these with Mcwhitsteen and posted these on Tumblr back in 2015 but as the social media landscape continues to get shaken up, it seemed a good time to bring them home. I don’t have all the strips and sketches up, so you’ll have to keep checking back for new (old) material.

 

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Ernie and Fitz is a fictionalized look at the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ernie is a boozy he-man, spewing toxic masculinity and Fitz is a boozy,wimp, lovestruck by Zelda, and oozing insecurity. I think I may have posted these on screentone in the past, but now they’re all together and easily browsable. And it’s another collaboration with Mcwhitsteen (credited as Code in the strips).

new strip up: on the airplane

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a new strip is up

(this is a close-up of the sketch)

take a look

this one gave me a lot of trouble, especially the color

i took a more…painterly? approach so the process was pretty…winding

a couple of false starts

the timelapse video should be pretty crazy:)

popcorn sketches from the sketchbook

maybe the most important part of doing the strip is figuring out the timing

when trying to do that my sketches can look more like the diagrams you see in the top half of the page

then comes figuring out the props like the chair you see in the bottom half of the page

I also need to figure out the main poses

here you can see I really had trouble with that left leg

see it all come together

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for the last few months i’ve felt pretty energized, creatively speaking

(i’d been reading lynda barry’s syllabus, and i think that gave me quite a bit of fuel and confidence, both)

for the last few weeks my creative juices are feeling lower

i havent been putting out as many strips this month, and for some reason they’ve seemed harder to come by

i can only hope i’m in just a seasonal artistic funk

so this one is from the sketchbook

i’m not sure what to do with little moments like these, since they have dialogue and only feature one panel, which don’t seem to fit the rules i’ve created for myself here

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in the meantime you can scroll through all of the ‘steps’ strips here

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