Category: Daily Draw

100 Days of Making Comics Challenge #1

Today marks, what I am considering, my first official day of the 100 Days of Making Comics challenge. First order of business- clean up my studio. I haven’t been in here much in the last few months. Mostly I have been working at the computer downstairs. Art supplies get tracked up and down. Usually instead of being put away they get piled on the lightbox or in my chair. My kids love to ransack this room for my pens and paint brushes. There is a fine layer of dust on everything.  And most of all,  I noticed the windows are absolutely filthy. 

After an hour of organizing and dusting I finally managed to get to work on the actual comic.  I know I said a few posts back I was done with the script and the thumbnailing, but I decided I wanted to flesh out the story more. Ghastly McNasty’s comment on my Halloween comic, “Java Dreams”, was streaming through my head, “Girl walks into restaurant, girl dies. But it’s weird enough to work.” This is a Southern Gothic tale. It needs some atmosphere and a bit of back story. 

Sometimes I write my script on my computer. Especially if it’s going to be long. I usually write them out in three acts, like a movie script, and plan my plot points and action accordingly. For short stories I work a little differently. Usually I do the script and thumbnails at the same time.

This sketchbook is my travel doodles book. I carry it around with me. The paper is thin and crappy and the cover is Pepto pink.  I am not precious about the stuff that goes in this book. I scribble story ideas and super rough sketches in it. When I get an idea of where I am going I switch to (I wrote typing lol – old af!)  copy paper.  Then I start fiddling with page layout, turns and script changes.

Now I am setting up my drawing board with some of the sketches I worked on previously. I want to work on my character designs some more. Do some turn arounds. Plan the look of the farm. I have created a mood board on Pinterest and have started stashing some reference pictures. 

My kids just went to bed (hallelujah). Without interruptions every five minutes maybe I can actually get into the zone and work some more on the thumbnails before I go to bed. I just wanted to get this blog post done so I don’t break the challenge rules on day 1. So far today my total time invested working just on the comic is about an hour.

100 Days of Making Comics

 I was perusing YouTube today and came across this awesome video by illustrator/ comic artist, Kevin Cross. He is the creator of 100 Days of Making Comics challengeA comics creation challenge you say? Where do I sign up? Facebook, actually – but there are rules. 

 – Challenge Requirements –

1. Comic Project that you haven’t been making enough time for.

2. At least 30-minutes of work towards the comic each day.

3. Everyday for 100 Consecutive Days. (100 days in a row).

4. Make a daily video/blog to hold yourself accountable.

5. Post it in the group.

You can see the full write up for the challenge on their Facebook page in the “About This Group” section.

I have several projects hanging around here collecting dust. My biggest problem is that I put way too much pressure on myself to deliver the exact perfect artwork, perfect page layout and perfect story. The inner critic takes over and pretty soon I am paralyzed with questions and doubt:

Is my story too much like someone else’s?

Does this artwork suck?

Is this the right style for the project?

Are my page layouts boring?

Are my character poses and scenes boring/ predictable?  

Ok, enough of this shit. Get a grip, already! It probably does suck and it’s not going to get better without practice. That’s what this site is all about- accountability, daily practice, reaching goals. My ultimate goal: create comics.  So what’s the problem? No excuses. I’m doing this!

This is a character sketch for the comic I want to start working on. I mentioned it in my last blog post, but then inner critic. I have the story complete, sans script changes. I have made a few revisions already and fleshed the story out a little more. I still haven’t come up with a title. It is a short horror story, taking place on a farm in rural Arkansas 1917. 

As a last thought, I still have the monthly prompt coming up on June 1st. The post is already written. For those of you not interested in doing comic art, fear not! I will keep up with the art prompt lists as I work on the 100 Days of Making Comics challenge. 

Daily Draw – I lost count

If I don’t post daily am I supposed to keep count? How much posting is too much? So many rules to consider when blogging because people get pissed with you if you post too much…or too little. Really makes one a bit barmy trying to decide which faction to please. So please myself is the best choice. So here is the post lowdown: I will post my best work in my gallery. I will do probably best of and worst of in my blog posts based on topic. daily(ish) posts I am going to post on Instagram and Twitter. You can follow me there if you like. So one last Daily Draw post here. I will still post art topics once or twice a month and monthly prompts at the first of the month. 

Daily Draw #7

I forgot to post! Sorry all. I got up early yesterday and knocked my sketches out first thing. Then I got busy and completely forgot to post my sketches before bed. I did two, as promised. I learned that I need to spend more time figure drawing. And more time inking figures and deciding how to describe them. Lots of research and homework to do. I will post another sketch tonight that I did today. 

Daily Draw #6

Day 6 and I’m on a roll. Was wondering if I was going to make it though. The hours kept slipping by while I was screwing around on social media. Then the kids hijacked my computer. I didn’t get started on this until they were all in bed this evening. Even then I wasn’t sure what I was going to draw. When in doubt draw a skull.  That’s my motto anyway. I like the direction this one is going in. Sadly, it is now midnight. I have to get up early with the kids. Also when I start getting tired I start making mistakes. Best to leave off now and work on it tomorrow with fresh eyes. 

Daily Draw #5

Happy Sunday noon, my people. I am having a really awesome day today. Hope you are as well. Got some art in early today. Yesterday I watched the film The Temple , which got horrible reviews and I loved it. I am totally not above loving a terrible horror movie. I thought that one had pretty good atmosphere, and not one head of stringy black hair hanging down in their faces. Anywho, this was my inspiration for today’s art- sumi ink painting. I wanted to do something to loosen up my brushwork and focus on some mark making. I have a tendency to get really tight so I have to work towards being expressive and loose. Which is something I find that helps build atmosphere and texture in artwork. If you want to learn how to do sumi ink/ watercolor Henry Li has some good videos on YouTube

Daily Draw #4

I feel kinda like I cheated today because the only thing I got done was finishing the drawing from yesterday. I intended to do a Japanese-style ink drawing but the hubs wants to watch a movie and go to bed. Busy day. Park with the kids and a barbecue. More art time tomorrow! 

This chainmail was time consuming, and not the easiest thing to draw. I think I did ok(ish). I used to be in the Society For Creative Anachronism, and actually learned how to make chainmail. That really does take forever. It occurred to me that if you made a comic and had to draw many panels of a character who wore chainmail armor you better allow plenty of time to get it done. Hope you guys like the finished product. My son is very enthusiastic about this one. He loves knights. 

Daily Draw #3

I have been working on this for a few hours now. It’s going on midnight and I still have all that chainmail to finish. Sadly, I have to call it because tomorrow is my husband’s sleep in morning, so I am up with the kiddos (please let them sleep in past 6am!) by myself. Didn’t want you guys to think I flaked out by day 3.