News for the ‘comics’ Category
I dreamed this: Alternative Universe Burning Man #3
The History of Reading, Vol. 2
I am still alive, and still making comics!
I actually drew most of this one a year ago, but for some reason I didn’t finish it in time for the holidays. I’ve been hanging onto it until now so I can send it to Mrs. Andrews with her Christmas card. Do any of you have any special teachers you still communicate with as a grownup?
Quitting: A Comic
mini-comic: we’re tired
Yesterday John, Jenna, and I went on a field trip to Ft. Collins to have brunch at the Rainbow Cafe and visit the Alley Cat. At the Alley Cat we all got so, so sleepy and I was worried I would pass out in a food coma in the booth. I decided to make a little mini-comic about it in my moleskine (co-written with J & J).
Later we went to see Prometheus in Loveland (I give it a B-) and when the movie let out it was raining intensely. It turned out the highway was flooded and we ended up having to drive back to Erie on County Road 1.
All in all I realize this is not a super exciting story, but hey! We were tired! It was fun!
A Personal History of Fire
“here i came to the very edge where nothing at all needs saying… and every day on the balcony of the sea open fire is born and everything is blue again like morning”
— Pablo Neruda
It’s too hot.
I made 6 panels of a comic tonight but it’s too hot to finish.
Here are some things you should know about numbers…
Have you ever lost a piece of clothing you wish you could get back?
When I draw I sit in a specific place in my living room: against the loveseat on the floor. I just noticed the spot is turning blue from my jeans. Can you see it in this photo?
J and my dad are scheming on how to build a big wheel for Burning Man.
Staedtler-Itoya-Micron-Rotovision (Comic Process)
I am working on a new comic, but it’s taking a while since I’ve been busy at work (fortunately I’m playing with markers there as well but in a much larger size).
My process is starting to get a little more deliberate so I thought I might try to describe it here.
My kit of equipment is really really specific. I use letter-sized paper specifically for drawing comics that I get at Meininger, because I have found that normal printer paper (which is what I started with! so easy! so accessible!) has too much tooth and the ink is more bleedy. The kind I have is Canson Fanboy Manga & Comic sketch paper.
I have a deep love of markers and my favoritest most awesome wonderful kind are made by Staedtler: the Lumocolor permanent pens in black in B, M, F, and S sizes. I think they might actually be for writing on overhead projectors so I am a little worried they won’t make them forever. Dear Staedtler, if you are listening please make sure to keep manufacturing your pens!
I have also found myself in need of smaller tips as I get better at drawing, so I have a set of the Itoya Finepoint System pens in .5, .3. and .1 and I like them pretty well. I have never been a huge fan of Micron pens but I did need an even smaller size so I got one in 005 and I got a brush pen as well.
For my drawing surface I use a hardcover book about branding from when I was in school for design at RMCAD. :D It’s not even a good book but it’s the perfect size to hold on my lap (I draw sitting on the floor with my back against the couch). I always put 5 or 6 sheets of copy paper under the sheet I’m drawing on, which gives the perfect “squishiness” to the surface and helps manage bleed-thru.
Other important parts of my kit are a big chisel sharpie (terrible not-true blacks but sometimes you need a really wide marker), a Sumo mechanical pencil, and a 16 inch metal ruler. Oh and my laptop and or phone for image reference. Finished or in process stuff lives in a folder (upon examination it appears to be a Mead Five Star folder labeled Psych from when J was undergrad).
I think one of the things I like best about drawing comics is that they aren’t hard to write since they are usually based on something real: a dream, a memory, or an event. Though I originally just drew them in real time, making them up as I went, I have started actually storyboarding them out in pencil first on a sheet of copy paper. This way I can figure out what the words are, how many cells I need to say what I am trying to say, and what images would go along to tell the story.
When I actually start making the final comic I start by drawing the blackened edges and masthead area with my ruler and the B marker or the chisel Sharpie. I started doing this because my scanner can’t scan all the way to the edge, but I like the look of the heavy border. I then letter the masthead (is it called a masthead in comics? I think that word might be a holdover from my newspaper class days).
Finally, I draw each row of cells (with the B Staedtler marker denoting the borders), moving from the top of the page to the bottom, lettering in the story as I go in the Itoya .5. For more complex visuals I sketch lightly in pencil first and then erase the lines once I ink. Oh yeah! Part of my kit is a big white eraser. I would say about half of the pictures are drawn in pencil first, but I would prefer not to have to do this because it’s slower and I hate pencils. :)
I always have my computer nearby to look up photographic references for whatever I am drawing. Okay and now the secret part. For images with perspective I will sometimes put my paper over the bright computer screen and trace some guiding outlines in pencil! I cheat! It’s true! But I am getting better at perspective in general and who cares anyway, it’s how the whole thing comes together than really matters.
Well, that’s about it, tried and true at this point. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my process and look for a new comic soon.
The adventures of Monchichi
Experiments with drawing this morning’s adventures on my pie pad.
Why? Why? Why?
i dreamed this: alternative universe burning man #2
What it’s like to not understand sarcasm
It’s unfortunate, but I don’t have a sarcasm detector and take the world very literally/at face value. I therefore spend many of my days feeling like the humorless feminist stereotype. Be nice to people like me, please!
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
Human-Centered Design Comics
I really can’t believe I:
- did these in 2006
- ever let myself get so disconnected from the basic tools of being a designer (my brain, a pen, and paper. even tho these were actually my brain, my wacom tablet, and illustrator.)
The Many-Coated Man
The History of Reading, Volume One
(the words are reeeally tiny in this one, oops. click it to see a bigger version.)