‘Imagined Mysteries’ By Anthony Woodward. My new comic is out and you can download it for free from the Caravan of Comics website run by Andrew Fulton. This comic explores my thoughts and feelings after the passing of Leonard Nimoy earlier in the year. I immediately felt inspired to try and explain what Nimoy’s portrayal of the TV character Spock meant to me and how I felt he fit into the cultural landscape. The comic itself was a different direction for me from what I have done before and the work I plan to do in future, but it was this weird little ball of inspiration that had to come out. After finishing this story, I sat on it for a while, because I just didn’t know where it sat, was it worth saying, and what do I know anyway… Ultimately I’m proud of how it turned out and I think it says something important about our collective subconscious and about the importance and danger of the human imagination Grab yourself a copy here
I just finished reading the Snowflake method for writing fiction. It’s a method of outlining a novel to ultimately help you complete writing a novel. I liked the idea of taking a small germ of an idea and naturally growing into a fully shaped novel and the steps you take to get there which the Snowflake method describes. I started thinking about the parallels between the Snowflake method and making a comic.
This is a question dreaded by anyone doing creative work, as usually, the first truthful answer is, "I don't know". I have also previously said that looking for ideas is like asking your brain please and it eventually comes up with the goods...Which in short just means, keep asking questions and eventually answers, or at least parts or answers will come.
I discovered this post from over a year ago. It's still relevant so I'll post it here. It's surprising how quickly drawing can become a chore. I have talked before about the importance of keeping your drawing fun . I think all too often as an artist you can get into a rut of drawing when you are tired and quickly associate the two together. I think it's important to draw at different times of the day in different locations. To achieve this you will need to carry your sketchbook around with you wherever you go. There is always small moments where you can be drawing, waiting for an appointment or bus for example. All too often we reach for an electronic device to fill those small moments, however if you are an artist, you can easily bag these times to do a quick sketch. You also need to find a way to draw that is natural to you. This sounds obvious and easy and if you aren't paying attention it might seem like this would be impossible not to do. I have found it is