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self-rejected steps strip

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

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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

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

digging in to the brushes and paints again

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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

 

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.

 

welcome

i’ve had a huge influx of new followers the past few days (all thanks to the wordpress discover page.)

To celebrate here’s a few sketches from yesterday’s inktober prompt, ‘climb.’

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If you’ve just discovered the sketchbook, I’m in the midst of jake parker’s inktober challenge.

To make it even more challenging I decide to to all my inktober’s with a Sherlock Holmes theme.

 

You can see all of my sherlock holmes inktober 2017 entries so far

And you can check out my past inktobers here:

inktober2016

inktober2015

inktober2014