Thursday, 30 October, 2008

Since I failed to persuade Kathleen to work on my four-page comic with me, and since she encouraged me to draw it myself, I had an email conversation with Dean about what to do and whether it was worth me evening submitting it (given I can't draw and given that my work would probably look really really lame against pros like Matt and Rene). Understandably, he asked to see a sample. So I spent part of yesterday (my day off) sketching and then outlining the first page.

As I really didn't know what I was doing, I read Kazu Kibuishi's account of what he does to produce “Copper” rather closely. Unfortunately, I don't think I own a blue pencil. (And now I understand why artists use them.) The result was this:

In his image page 1

(Click for a bigger image.)

I sent it off to Dean who liked it (!). He encouraged me to finish it for Pulp Crucifiction #3 and even offered to put in the grey tones for me (provided I cleaned up the pencil lines! Must go buy a blue pencil ...)

It's an interesting exercise trying to think visually and how to tell the story in interesting ways. My admiration for artists who do this sort of work is much greater now ...


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So glad you went for it! I was going through my notebook the other night and found my sketches and thought, I wish I had had time smile

And that Copper tutorial was great - informative and funny. Did you hold the pencil the right way? smile

Hee hee, yes I did! And today I found some blue pencils so I’m going to have a go at using them.

We will have to collaborate some time in the future ... I will keep thinking up more ideas for four-page comics ...

Hihi. The book Jon recommended to me when I started my graphic novel is Scott McCloud’s ‘Making Comics’. I found it quite useful, though a lot of the stuff it says are things you would think of yourself given the moment to do so and he’s very much coming from an artist’s point-of-view and seems to assume that the drawing comes before the writing. Still, he had some interesting things to say and in an interesting manner.

I’m very glad you’ve done some drawing for this. I found it interesting to think in the right way for this kind of static visual form, unlike a form like film which is… *tries to find the word* based in action rather than having all the action happening between images. (Why sue one word when ten will do?! ;p ) It takes some getting used to, though I’ve been doing layouts as I write which helped no end.

Anyway, this is alll shiny. ^-^

Very nice smile

I’ll put this, too, on my list of things to do when I have more time…

Heheheh ... H, it’s never going to happen! Carpe diem!

Kere: Yes, I own all three of Scott McCloud’s books on comics, but I’ve found Making Comics hard to get through—I guess because, as you say, his primary target audience is artists. But it’s very interesting and helpful all the same.


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