Inktober a Week in Review, is it Worth it?

Is it worth it? It’s too soon to tell but I’m digging it. So far I have kept on schedule with this challenge better than I anticipated. It seems the amount of rendering varies from day-to-day. My style seems to shift slightly depending on what I am drawing. The only real issue that I have lost some time working on my comic because of falling a little behind where I want to be on posts. I think a better use would have been an inked panel a day on The Pod, just to keep momentum on that project. Or maybe alternating between the two.

Although I wouldn’t have a collection of sweet monsters piling up if I did that. This way I do get to explore different aspects of my style and find things I like. So far that means spatters and textures, probably because over the last year I have been drawing in a relatively clean style to leave room for the painting. As you can see I’m a little torn and as fun as this is it is also exhausting. Depending on my workload I’m not sure if I would do this again, at least maybe not like this.

Here are this weeks’ creations.

 

NEW Comic on webtoons and Vlog #34

Specimen X

I have a new comic up on webtoons called Specimen X. I have added it to the Tales of the Damned series I’m working on. Also Forever Green (the first Damned Tale) was Just reviewed by the Comic Vault, rather positively which I’m happy about. Check it out, Jamie Ryder has a cool blog with lots of different stuff there. As for my vlog this week shows me finishing up toning Specimen X with copic markers. It was nice to take a bit of a break from The Pod and work on something smaller for a change. These smaller projects can give a shot of motivation and shake things up. I may be in trouble if they become addictive and slow down my progress on the big project. I guess you just need to follow what feels right and for the moment a distraction seemed to be what I needed.

Finished Pages and a Comic Show

Well I finished painting pages 8 and 9 of “the Pod” this week. It felt like an eternity working on those paintings. I also attended the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VANCAF) which was awesome. I showed my work around a little but mostly it was independent artists selling their books. It was inspiring seeing how much work people are putting in to their projects. For myself I can feel overwhelmed at times just thinking about how far I have left to go. At least the stack of finished pages keeps me moving forward. This weeks Vlog shows the last bit of painting and clean up on pages 8 and 9 if you want to check them out. Scanning and lettering are up next. Later

Test Prints & Leveling Up

I’m still at it and nothing will stop me now. I’m Keeping up with my scheduled Vlog updating on Fridays, 31 and 32 are up now. In 31 I make a test prints of the first 7 finished pages of “the Pod” which I plan to show around today at a local Indie Comic Convention Vancaf. Episode 32 shows me working on something a little different. I’m inking a 1 page comic called  “Specimen X” that will be added to Tales of the Damned on Webtoons and I talk about evolving my videos and art. I’ll give some details about the show later and give a heads up when “Specimen X” updates.

Why Make Comics?

Why make comics? Just a short update, in this weeks Vlog I talk about why I decided to make a comic. Starting from failed attempts as an adolescent to building the courage to dive in and do the work. Later.

I’m Run Down, but Still Working

I’m still working at this comics thing. My new Vlog is up showing this weeks progress on my graphic novel “The Pod”. I don’t want this blog to turn into an aggregate for my Vlog but I have so little time as is. Blog posts are getting harder to write. I need to set a schedule for them otherwise they fall to the wayside. Maybe if I change-up the way I use it, to create a journal of thoughts or something similar. I don’t have new ideas for art techniques I use and if I do I’ll make a video. So a change needs to happen and I’m not sure what that is just yet. In the mean time my Vlog is updating on Fridays at 9 am if you are keeping up with my progress.

I missed posting the last couple so here is 27 and 28 as well.

 

Mixed Media Painting Tricks

How I paint is not entirely traditional, since I mix media in almost everything I do. Detailed drawings hide beneath my paintings, sometimes pencil other times ink. I use coloured pencils to add texture and highlights. Also I ink on top of paint if a graphic or comic book style look is what I’m after. I just find the right tool for the job at any given moment. If you want to see me in action, I’m painting pages 6 and 7 of “The Pod” on this weeks vlog. I explain more of the process I use when creating this comic.

Did my Vlog increase productivity?

By starting my Vlog I believe my productivity has increased, despite adding extra work like editing videos. It holds me accountable in a strange way and sets a loose schedule. Making me work even if I don’t always feel like it.

Since October I have finished penciling 2 chapters, inked 13 pages and painted 7. Not too shabby but it never feels like enough. I think in some ways I’m too hard on myself. The desire to see more done can be like a weight around my neck. Dragging me down instead of spurring me on. Mind games with myself is part of the territory I guess. I know the only one holding me back is myself and I just have to push through that resistance. The slowly building stack of pages is the real motivator. Seeing the work finished makes this project become real and I can’t wait to start sharing this story with others. In the mean time you can cheer me on and check in on my progress. Thanks to everyone Liking and sharing.

Keeping a Schedule & Painting a Double Page Spread

A new schedule, finally it feels like I’m getting somewhere. Keeping a schedule has me focused. My head is always in the game. I don’t need to bring myself back up to speed after a day off. What I’m doing is getting up at 5am everyday and working on comics until I have to go to work or my kids wake up. Another benefit is I think I’m sleeping better having the same schedule all week. Opposed to the get up early for work and stay up late on the weekend chaos that I tried before.

This week I continued working on pages 4 & 5 of “The Pod”. The newest Vlog is up on youtube. The painting process is going rather smoothly with very little problems. Although I did have to cover up some of the template lines that were printed on other pages. That is something that I have already fixed for later pages. Anyway check it out and see as I start painting the monsters.

Building a Comic Piece By Piece

Back again with some more painting. Piece by piece I’m slowly making progress on the page 4-5 double page spread for my comic “The Pod”. I’ve been building up the background first which at times can feel tedious. Just plugging away, filling spots with color, it is a step by step process. I have broken it up into little chunks just like everything I do (at least in my mind). From each step in the development (pencils, inks, paint, letters etc.) of a page to the individual components contained within. Bite size easy to manage pieces because it is the only way to finish something big.

Piece by piece the puzzle gets built. My mind is solving problems that I know are coming up all day long. So when the time comes to execute I can just work. At times I find It strange having an almost complete picture of the finished project in my head. As one more panel or rough layout gets finished the final image becomes more clear. Another layer of paint and a collection of lines adding up to a completed page, then chapter and book.

Don’t get me wrong I haven’t planned everything. When I sit down to paint I’m constantly changing my mind and color choices throughout the painting. Nothing is set in stone. If it was I would get bored and slip away. Just enough is intentionally left to figure out at a later date to keep me interested for the duration. The same is true for the pencils, inks and lettering I try to stay open to new ideas. So I can create the best possible comic that I can.

Catch up with me on my Art Vlog #20 while I work on the background elements. Thanks Guys, Later.