here’s a look at the first version of
yesterday’s steps strip
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
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
start reading ‘steps’ strips here
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
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 evocative – the 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.
recently dreamt of a deer with branches instead of antlers
i thought i would come back and do more to this sketchbook page but i probably never will so i might as well post it
as i read
lynda barry’s syllabus, i continue trying to capture moments and get out of my uncomfortable zone to my more uncomfortable zone with watercolor
pencil, watercolor, 2017
from the sketchbook
colored pencil, pencil, ink
i’ve been reading a lot of
lynda barry’s syllabus this past month:
it makes me think less and draw more
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.’
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:
pentel brush pen, 2017
inktober2017, pencil, ink
I’m working from
jake parker‘s official inktober 2017 prompt list, but within the world of sherlock holmes.
I am the world’s most timid watercolor-er
ink, pencil, rework in progress
Here’s a Vader drawing from 2015
and here’s one from a couple days ago
had never heard of ana ros
sketching with the palomino blackwing
new season of runway. new doodles.
doodling and watching baseball
drawing comics in the sketchbook
tv doodles from last night