Playing With Ink

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Got a shipment of art supplies I’ve been experimenting with. Inking with a brush is a whole lot different than working with a Micron pen or digitally. Not being used to it, it’s pretty challenging, but with more practice I can see myself falling in love with painterly experience of brush & ink.

I’ve been planning on adding tone to my graphic novel using an ink wash applied to the digital lines printed on watercolor paper. Am I going to end up doing the lines with brush and ink too?

It sure would be a lot more work… is the effect worth it?

New Goals

Working on this Graphic Novel has been a huge learning experience. In the beginning I proceeded as if the pages I worked on would appear in the book “as-is” — meaning, I thought when I completed a page, it was more or less done. This had the effect of slowing the process, because I wanted to get each drawing “right”. I proceeded in this fashion right up until page 50, when I realized all those early pages would have to redone since my style had matured — and also because there were inevitably trouble spots which needed to be refined. So all that time spent trying to get each line just so… well… I don’t want to call it a waste because I was learning… but it wasn’t exactly the most effective use of time, either.

I’m now on page 73, and for the last 23 pages I’ve just been plowing ahead with “penciling”, leaving the “inking” for later. This is what a penciled page looks like:

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Although this may look rough, having coaxed the scene from my mind, figured out the panels, angles, bodies and general composition, most the job is done. I’d say the penciling represents 70% of the work.

At the end of May I plan on going to Southern California for my little brother’s high school graduation, so this is my new goal: Have the first draft done and ready to show to family for feedback and criticism.

This means by May 23rd I’ll need to:

– Pencil approximately 40 more pages.
– Write approximately 10 pages of prose which will intermittently accompany the wordless illustrations.
– Revise the first few chapter’s “trouble spots”, ie: areas where people are having difficulty “reading” the wordless action.
– Print and bind the draft in a presentable package.

Once I elicit feedback and discover any additional “trouble areas”, I can edit and begin the final artwork.

My main goal is to finish this book by autumn. I like how this book is turning out, but I refuse to work on it for another winter… and that’s motivating me!

Cultivating Healthy Habits

I keep a little book which I call “The Process”. I use it to keep tabs on myself. In it I record heathy (and unhealthy) behavior. I record things like: how many minutes I’ve mediated each morning, how much I’ve been drawing, my hours at various jobs, ex-cetera. I also use it to record how many days it’s been since I’ve abstained from unhealthy habits I want to end. I find this tool very effective, probably because each time I write in it, I get a little squirt of Serotonin in my brain. “Nice job, Dallion!” The contents of this notebook reveal much to myself, and since I use it every day, it’s easy to see long term trends. It feels great to record each small victory, and I feel like it’s helping create a path towards a happier, healthier, and more creative life.