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stencil

i made myself a little stencil

stencil

it helps me make 4 in x 4 in squares in my sketchbook

using the stencil makes it faster than having to measure and mark the lines out every time

getting the courage to make comics, even if they’re ugly or messy, or don’t come out the way i want to has really come from reading lynda barry’s syllabus and hanging out at the  tumblr she uses to stay in contact with the comics class she teaches

if you’re thinking about making comics (or anything really) and you’re scared to, lynda barry is good company to have with you while you work

last of the 2015 everybody comes to raph’s

hereslookinatyoukid

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

 

aprilasilsa

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

timelapse of the airplane drawing

Forgot to turn on the screen capture of me going from the sketchbook sketch to the digital sketch, from yesterday’s on the airplane strip, so here’s the sketchbook sketch:

ontheairplane

 

And then the timelapse begins after i get the digital sketch overlaid.

As you can tell, I really had some trouble figuring out the color for this one. I ended up back at the watercolor look, but without the ‘ink’ lines on top…

 

 

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

eagles dad

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

eaglesdad

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

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