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
some days you just dont feel like you can draw
i think the outstretched arm of grandpa gets lost amongst the squiggles here
you’re seeing about an hour and a half go by in about a minute
lot of struggle in this one
figuring out the timing
figuring out the color
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 dificult. i worried that there would be too many colors in the last panel so i decided to go monotone throughout.
i decided on yellow just because i thought it would be funny to color in the yolks in panel 3.
my first attempt at yellow looked like pee. so i made it bolder.
i’m not sure i agree with that decision.
ultimately i still think the idea was good, but the execution lacked on almost every level.
i think ive mentioned before i have no idea what im doing
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 some reason, it seems like the strip works better the smaller the changes between the panels
smaller the changes between panel the more power the final panel seems to have for me
i wonder why that is…
timelapse of the robin strip from a couple of days ago
i didnt know i was going to erase the pencil lines of the tree until i saw how it looked
so much of the final look of these strips comes out of the doing of them
the final is always different from the idea of them
when these drawings go by this fast it almost looks like i know what i’m doing
see the final comic here
timelapse of drawing my share playlist strip from a couple of days ago
See the final strip here
first time i’ve used sound effects. (nope i’ve used them here and here.)
you can really see me struggle with how the effects should appear in the frame.
the first idea was that the letters would spiral around as if spun by the drill.
i still think it is a good idea, but the execution just wasn’t there so i had to simplify.
the strip is still successful, but when i look at it, it is not as visually interesting as it could have been.
instead of a strip today, here’s a timelapse video of the snow shovel strip
fast motion video of digitally inking and coloring yesterday’s squirrel comic strip
timelapse of digitally ink and coloring yesterday’s comic ‘yesterday’
here’s a timelapse for creating the digital final of yesterday’s comic ‘sled.’
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
A quick video tour of a likeness sketcbook I started back in August 2017.
I’m filling it with five minute (approximately) drawings of celebs from photo reference, typically done on their birthday.
Some are loose and recognizable, some are loose and unrecognizable, and some are just stiff and shitty.