that is all
and the shop is back up!
(thank you wordpress for fixing the bug)
to celebrate, how about a new ‘steps’ strip?
this rough is pretty rough
but its the building blocks of a new steps strip
i need some whiteout to fix the bubble butt i gave spidey in the one where his spidey sense is going crazy
both very different from each other
here’s the sketch for yesterday’s journal strip ‘backwards’
and here’ s the timelapse
you’re getting about an hour of creation time in a scooch over a minute
making comics is hard work any way, and right now making comics seems very hard for me
just have to find ways to keep the pencil moving
a little metal gear solid 3 action with volgin giving snake a jolt
you even get the sketch
where else can you get deals like this
new steps strip is up
i’m not in love with the inks
they feel too harsh
maybe i just need to work larger
maybe i just need to use pencil instead of ink
maybe i need to get better with the paints so i can avoid the line work entirely
and i know the horizontal layout doesn’t work great on mobile
i mean, seriously, the best thing
and doodling in marker
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
gorilla in the grass
haven’t made many comics lately but I’m still drawing
here’s a sketch of the neighbors house
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
No time or energy for a finished strip
So you get this sketchbook sketch which isn’t a strip yet
Which is definitely the opposite of how it usually works but I’m tired
I hope doing it this way doesn’t take away the punch from the eventual strip when I get to it
saw the king and I last night.
It was incredible.
Forgot my pencil bag with all my pencils and pens including my Wacom tablet stylus so had to do this one by hand.
Inktober is over. Time to look back through the month and see what I can do better.
Brush pen skills didn’t really improve over the course of the the month, but my confidence in using them did.
The first day may have had some of the best linework. I like the delicate line that my timidity with the brush pen gave me, but as my confidence grew over the course of the month I was soon just slapping down the ink.
Day 2 was one of my lowest points in inktober. Watson’s gesture is so stiff and awkward and his arms are too long.
Day 14 was a missed opportunity. The original idea was to recreate the cabinet photograph of Irene Adler that Sherlock took as payment for working on the case, but the result is boring. My idea was that Irene Adler (I found inspiration in photos of Helena Bonham Carter, which you can see more of in the above sketch), was fierce, and I did nothing to capture that fierceness.
A shift occurred for me on day 4. I spent more time designing the page, using the shape of the paper to help tell the story. Black areas became vital. Day 20 took those ideas to an extreme and was a lot of fun from a design standpoint.
Day 5 and 7 were strong, but 6 is one of my favorites. The design just works. It is one of the few Inktober 2017 drawings I am proud of. It also freed me up imagination-wise. If Sherlock Holmes could find the Sword in the Stone, why couldn’t he also deal with Martians or giant robots?
Attempting a Robert Downey Jr/Guy Ritchie inspired Basil of Baker St on day 26 had me paying closer attention to costume design and attempting to capture some of those textures helped give the drawing some richness, and it was the last drawing of the month that I felt great about.
Though I’ve done inktobers in the past, this was the first inktober that I managed to do a drawing every day, and it made all the difference. Having a daily deadline forced me to do the drawing rather than worrying about doing the drawing. Maybe that’s the most important thing.
Check out my past inktobers here:
still catching up.
Here’s a couple of earlier ones I did, but didn’t make the cut. (Including a continuation of sorts from day 10 gigantic.
pencil, digital, 2017
hair is better in the pencil sketch
Season 1 episode 5, aka episode 4, the one-armed man.
colored pencil, 2017
Previously on screentone’s Twin Peaks: The Livedoodles:
- First mention of the bookhouse boys
- Miguel ferrer is so good
- First appearance of Laura Palmer lookalike cousin Madeline
- first appearance of the soap opera within twin peaks on tv?
Previously on Twin Peaks: The Livedoodles:
Season 1 episode 2, aka “Episode 1“, also known as “Traces to Nowhere”
- What’s up with him hanging upside down? What is that good for?
- can’t get over agent cooper’s dialogue. So good.
- I don’t remember this much black and white and red in the costumes and set design in the pilot
UPDATE: It wasn’t just my imagination. There was a lot of red in this episode. From the wikipedia entry for this episode:
“He (director Duwayne Dunham) also continued the use of a “warm” reddish tint to the footage, using soft coral filters and carefully selected props and costumes to obtain this coloring. This tint was considered important enough that Lynch sent a representative to the network to ensure they understood it was deliberate and not a mistake, for fear that they might correct the saturation to be more “realistic” before broadcasting it.”
your birthday was yesterday and I’m sorry.
here you are in your greatest role.
even if you were only onscreen for 17 minutes.
which I just found out today and seems unbelievable.