i made myself a little 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
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.
sad that i never got april as ilsa to look as good in the strip as she did in the sketchbook
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
so if you’ve been reading along in our casablanca/tmnt mashup, the story continues
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
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
doodled with colored pencils and ink pen on lunch break by the lake a month or more ago
i remember hating them at the time
but now i kind of like them
did i already post these?
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:
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…
haven’t made many comics lately but I’m still drawing
here’s a sketch of the neighbors house
here’s a few from the sketchbook
one brush pen
a couple colored pencil
the colored pencil ones inspired by an episode of American pickers
love that show
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
watching chef’s table season 3 episode 1
korean monk jeong kwang making kimchi
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
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
in the meantime you can
scroll through all of the ‘steps’ strips here
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.
guess i’ll try to keep this 4 panel comic going for a little while
day 14 of
lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book syllabus
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read all 14 comics from the challenge
day 13 of lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book
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read all 13 comics from the challenge
day 12 of lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book
as always, click on the image to make it bigger,
you can read all 12 comics I’ve done so far here, and here’s the sketchbook sketch:
day 11 of lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book
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read all 11 comics (so far) here.
here’s a timelapse of the digital drawing condensed down from about 50 minutes to 30 seconds
and here’s the sketchbook drawing.
day 10 of lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book
syllabus is a bit of a mess.
here’s a timelapse of the digital work. about 45 minutes goes by in 30 seconds.
and here’s the sketch from the sketchbook
day 9 of lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book
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read through all of the challenge comics here.
lynda barry’s 14 day silent 4 panel challenge from her book
and here are the sketches from the sketchbook: