digging in to the brushes and paints again

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…

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:   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…    

dialogue dilemmas and color quandries

I’ve struggled with the idea of using dialogue in ‘steps’ for awhile. I’ve used it a couple of times in one panel strips like this one and this one, but it has never felt right for the four panel strip. So using it the other day was a personal milestone. I hope that it opens up more storytelling opportunities, and it still may, but the strip feels more powerful to me without the dialogue.   And with the added element of the dialogue, it became more difficult to juggle all of the other elements of the strip, especially color. I…

scarecrow timelapse

  here’s a timelapse of the making of yesterday’s scarecrow strip i’ve also added the webcomics plugin so that you can easily read all of the past ‘steps’ strips. (i don’t know why i call the strips featuring little guy ‘steps’ but i think it works. this plug in lets me keep the latest strip at the top of the blog and gives you an easy way to navigate them. the double arrow takes you back to the first ‘steps’ strip, the single arrow lets you increment back to the previous strip, and the little infinity symbol takes you to…

the couch cushion timelapse

    here’s the timelapse of the couch cushion strip from a few days ago the process usually goes like this: i see a moment in real life that i think will work for the strip: in this case it was watching little guy move the cushion so he could sit down on the couch (and right now i’m focusing on those moments that dont require any dialogue, right now i’m more interested in telling these little stories without dialogue, so i’ve passed on some great moments that have dialogue. maybe that will change in the future) then i’ll need…

timelapse of the easter strip

color was really important in this strip (i mean, color is always important for me, and i kind of sweat it when coloring the strip, but color was especially important to the storytelling of this particular strip) i don’t think this strip could have worked in black and white (and some of my past strips absolutely could have, but i like color…and now i’m not even sure of what my original point was. anyway, hope you enjoy seeing the strip come together at high speeds, it always seems a minor miracle to me when a strip is finished

search timelapse

here’s the screen capture of me working on the ‘search’ strip from a few days ago i also reorganized the ‘comics’ menu item so it is just finished strips now. no process videos or sketches making it easier to scroll through past strips without all that junk in the way so if the sketches, videos, and various other asides that appear between strips aren’t in your wheelhouse, you can just bookmark the comics page and see the most recent strips        

zipper comic timelapse

it is hard to wear a zipper sweater and carry him because he likes to zip up the zipper and catch my neck skin in it i don’t know if that came across  in the strip or not not only were the drawings difficult for me on this one, but so was the ‘timing’ of the strip – trying to figure out which moments to show so that the reader understands whats going on and the punchline  is effective      

putting together the pepper strip timelapse

    what’s great about this timelapse is it shows how nothing came easy on this one and when i saw little guy trying to grind pepper with the pepper shaker at the restaurant i thought i had it made but then i realized i needed to show all of the other times he saw me using a pepper grinder and none of the drawings came easy the staging of that last panel was especially difficult. and the drawing was pretty bad. I’m not even sure it is clear what is going on. even the colors of the strip were…

snowball time lapse

here’s the timelapse of me drawing the snowball comic strip this is an interesting one to look at because the strip went through so many changes after i stopped recording i decided to run it vertically having no expression on the little guy in the last panel felt most right for the ‘punchline’ but even more interesting (to me i guess) was the decision to change the first panel the close up of little guy packing a snowball seemed to ruin the ‘rhythm’ of the piece that panel seemed too ‘big’ – too ‘loud’ for the next three panels for…