This past weekend I attended my third Chugnut comics weekend. I had set myself the task of trying to draw as much as possible and also stretch the old inking muscles. On the first day, Friday, I drew anything that moved, but after I had drawn everyone I could see I got tired of that and wanted to move onto something else. I was really wanting some sort of idea to strike me and I would then just run with it. It got to 1am in the morning and I still had nothing. I then proceded to have the worst sleep ever that night going through ideas in my head; also having to pee and stomach pains didn't help. The next morning I decided I would just do an aspect to aspect comic taking in the scenery at the camp grounds. This turned out to be a really good idea, however it ended up taking me all day to draw and ink. I tried a slightly new technique for me which involved drawing in a coloured col-erase pencil (in this case red) I then knocked that pencil back with a kneadable eraser, and defined
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Off to Chugnuts comic fun times tomorrow. This will be the third time a bunch of us cartoonists have gotten together for a weekend of drawing and assorted sillyness. Expect to see a whole lot of updates coming through on Twitter and also some pics on my flickr account (Linked previously) Sadly a few people cannot make it this year, we will just have to have fun without them!
Internet = Free Currency = Page visits, Links, Comments Often people who are interested in the arts and not necessarily practicing artists themselves don't realise the potential they have to support artist and the work they do, and how much this means to people who are putting themselves out there. If you like an artist, Visit their site regularly; or subscribe through RSS Leave comments on their site or reply to their tweets Tell others by sharing links to the artist's website Purchase merchandise or donate to support their craft Some of my favourite blogs simply just talk about other peoples art and link to interesting sites.
I am pleased to announce that I have finished laying out the pages and have the additional artwork for my next book. All going well I will be taking this issue to the printer in the coming few days and getting the first copies off to my subscribers. The comic should be available after this in a few weeks at places like Sticky in Melbourne and on my etsy store.
Thank you greatly to Pat Grant for posting some insights into his drawing process for a recent illustration gig. I think it's really awesome when artists aren't afraid to share their process, tools and tips. It shows their confidence in their work and themselves. I have always tried to be extremely open with the materials I use and I answer in questions people have in regards to them. Can you imagine if musicians would not divulge what sort of instrument they used? I often ask cartoonists what they use and I often get no reply. Perhaps it is because they are swamped with these types of questions and get sick of answering them I am not sure. Perhaps I will have to do my own process post sometime in the near future. I feel I need to get some more solid work done before I really have anything to share. Also, I have a link to my google Buzz if you are into that sort of thing. I find it cool to share things from my RSS feeds which in turn pop up in Buzz.
I just finished scanning the last page for my next comic. An I have to say I am very happy with how it turned out. It is funny how whilst I am constructing a page I have to fight myself not to tear it to pieces, but then when it in in the finished book I do not mind it so much. This particular page is an extra one I wrote for the new comic which explains how I was feeling when we moved back to Australia from Canada. It was an emotional page to write and draw and I hope it shows in the work. I think it can be difficult writing about feelings with out it being trite or cliche, so hopefully it rings true. I also had a panel where a drawing of a face just was not right. I I have learnt over the years that it takes skill to recognise these weak spots and then courage to go back and redo them. I was almost about to redo it and then realised it was juts a slight proportional mistake in the face and I was able to move the nose and eyes over slightly and it looks much better.