Monday, April 30, 2007

No Time! No Time!

I haven't had much time to actually make any progress recently. What drawing time I've had has been taken up with obsessing over details in the line art of that girl-with-sword picture, plus finally starting to sketch in a sketchbook from time to time. The sketchbook thing is quite relaxing, actually, but it's so easy to get dragged into doing something else. Anyway, I'll post something worth looking at, maybe, eventually.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Million Little Changes

Actually, only a few little changes. Tweaks here and there, straightening and tugging, none of which is actually interesting to anyone but me, but hey, that's what blogs are for, right?

Notice how drawing hands is a constant battle for me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Silly Monk...

I decided to make the man on the ground a sort of monk or something. Bald anyway, and in a robe. Probably I'm subconsciously trying to eliminate him as competition.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sunday Evening

I spent a bit of time trying to redo those hands, you know. Four or five tries, easily. Funny thing is, now that I look at the picture again, I think the hands are not so badly off, except that one has to move down a bit as Marshdrifter pointed out.

Tonight, I'll probably be drawing those hands back the way they were, or maybe struggling again, just for "fun."

The other funny thing is, I was intending to paint this picture. Such detailed line art is probably a waste of time, except that it's good practice. On the other hand, considering the "painting" will also just be practice, I guess that means it's no more a waste of time than anything else I'm doing.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sunday Afternoon

I should go outside for a while.

Making Lists is Good

At least, it seems to have made me focus a bit. I got several things done today in the art and writing department. Of course, I didn't get anything done in any other department, but you can't have everything now can you?

Saturday, April 21, 2007


That's the title of my Dragon magazine homage piece (Dragon magazine, a staple of my ill-spent role-playing youth, is ceasing publication... sniff... another childhood memory snuffed out). Here's the composition. I'm looking to do something of a typical fantasy piece. Horses, swords, hotties, impractical armour that doesn't cover the important bits, dark mystical somethings.

Actually, I may just go ahead and do a picture I like in that vein, without going quite over the top. Maybe no lightning bolts or faeries or dragons in the background. Maybe.

Friday, April 20, 2007


I like to make lists, sometimes, so I don't forget stuff. Of course, I never make lists of important stuff. That would be too organized.

Lessee... um...

  • Art

    • Dragon magazine cover homage (Silly fun)

    • New year's painting thingy (Practice, and relaxation)

    • Artwork for Ran's Daughter (Self-indulgent "work")

    • Illo for Tim's story (He asked for it, so it shall be done)

    • Cover series for Sweet Moonlight (More self-indulgent "work")

    • William Gibson vs. William Burroughs (Probably forgotten, but I still think about it sometimes)

  • Writing

    • Ran's Daughter (Current baby)

    • What Sleeps (Still bubbling)

    • Pod (Want to resurrect and finish)

    • Miracle Kingdom (Want to resurrect and finish)

    • Chromatic (Interesting idea, might go somewhere, and might not)

  • Crits

    • A script from a friend. (Damn, I have to get that done.)

Can you say "guy who takes on too much and never manages to finish anything?" I knew you could.

Monday, April 16, 2007





Sunday, April 15, 2007

Page one, Final?

This is probably it. Right now, this is what I expect it will look like, which is not exactly your standard web comic look. I want the story to be somewhat serious, and feature realistic characters, so I'm trying to make the pictures and the mood realistic. And the sketchy look is partially my lack of skill (and patience) and partially because I thought it might be an interesting and appropriate look for the story.

So, should I start posting it? Currently we're looking at more like a panel every two weeks than a panel every two nights, but maybe I'll get faster with practice.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Continuing Program

of uglification? Well, maybe things get worse looking before they get better.

Fighting with perspective and losing, among other things.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Other Distractions

Not a particularly good picture, really, but it's what I did tonight (that I can share, anyway). The Painter pencil tool seemed to be behaving oddly... excuses, excuses.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

No really...

Blogger, what's up with that? Boing boing has disappeared from my list of links. This is quite annoying.

What, Exactly

The painting has become a bit uglier, maybe. I think most of that comes from the scratchy black lines I added to re-establish where things should be, plus the rough state of the newest additions, but there's also some ugly in what's happening in the lower left, and I messed up the legs of the woman with the white coat a bit. The legs I will try and fix, and the lower left has got a long way to go before it resembles its final form anyway.

In other news, wow last night's work on the sequential was really frustrating. Still, I'm ready for another go. Sometimes I think I actually have no eye for forms at all. I really like it when a piece of line art seems to have mass and depth, but I just can't get it to work. The more I fiddle with things the more features shift and drift, and no matter how much I try to think about it, I can't seem to feel the shape in my head. I hate that.

Frustration and... Relax

The frustration was trying to make progress on my story. Total crisis of confidence, and I'm only on the second panel. So, back to the relatively easy painting for some relaxation. (Of course, I managed to muff something up there, too, but I think I'll be able to fix it.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More Relaxation

Of course, just as I was finishing tonight I finally saw how horrifically off some of the proportions and placement was... I wonder if I will be able to fix it acceptably as I go.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


It seems to me that Blogger is randomly dropping some of the links in my extensive lists once in a while. Grr.


I did some work on panel two, and then took a break and worked on that next "painting".

Very relaxing.

Monday, April 09, 2007


I've decided to back away from too much shading, and try to limit things to two or three values, for the most part. The version shown about was cropped and re-saved using Paint, so apologies for the bad quality.

I still think I need to unify the hair and skin color's somehow (face too blue?), and maybe weaken the strong lines around the back of her head, but I've more-or-less accepted that I'm not going to do much better than this at this point.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Almost, or maybe not

Photoshop only. My experiments made a mess. Then again, this didn't turn out right either. Not yet. I vacillate between thinking it might be on the way to OK, and wanting to throw out the colors entirely.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Too Slow

Argh! The coloring process is taking way too long. I need to streamline or find some method that will let me color a panel in one night. Speed might improve with practice, but I've got a nagging feeling that my whole process is wrong-headed right now. Argh.

Happy pirate Friday, too. Arr!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Frickn frackn!

Lots of frustration last night while working on the color. This is normal. Color doesn't come easily for me. I didn't manage to do more than lay down a few basic areas of flat color, and I'm not sure if the colors are what I want anyway. I may need to adjust them, or just throw them out and start again. Needless to say, I didn't even get close to taking it back into Painter for some experimentation. Grumble.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


So I spent most of the night trying out the wash brush in Painter. It seems like it has potential... but I suck. Yippie, ha ha, wee.

I'm not going to put that up on DC. So we'll have to see if I can settle on a coloring technique and/or discover how to get something passible out of my tools.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Click through size is the size I'm planning on publishing (on the Dead Channel).

I'm not satisfied, really, but I'm wanting to get on with telling the story, so I think what I'm going to have to do is set a time limit on myself. Two evenings per frame, including color. So this is the result of a productive night (and probably as good as I'm going to get). I still need some sort of background, and then to color it.

I guess it's not too bad for one night's work with no reference at all...

Another thing I'm thinking of doing is putting up pages as I finish them, instead of waiting for episode boundaries. That, at least, will keep me from giving everything away on my blog before it reaches DC.

Hopefully I'll improve as I go along. Hopefully the story will be good enough to survive the artwork...

Monday, April 02, 2007

Why do they look like burn victims?

Well, not really, but I'm guessing somebody might someday wonder why my portrait sketches so often have scratchy lines all over their faces. It's part of my style, of course! Ha. Anyway, the way I draw involves me trying to feel the shapes I'm drawing in a three-dimensional space. I do this by running the stylus along lines on the surfaces, which sounds wonderful and cool when it works, but generally ends up producing pictures of people who look like they have just climbed through a thorn bush or had plate-glass windows broken over their heads, and that's when it goes well.

Sometimes I sort of like these extra lines, though. Often I try to clean them up at some point and end up not liking the results. I'm wondering if there is some way I could keep them. I'm also wondering if I should just in general spend less time trying to clean things up. It seems like I spend a lot of time cleaning up line work and arriving at pictures I like less than what I started with.


Struggle. This is turning out to be an uphill battle, even more than I thought it would.