I got the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen – Soft (black body) in the mail the other day. I didn’t know that the black body was the soft variant – I thought it was the hard one. It turns out that the hard one is still coming in the mail. So I’ll probably post some more thoughts once I get that one.
If you don’t already know, one of the biggest problems I’ve been having is with the line thickness variance. All my lines up to and including comic strip 15 (where I am in my buffer right now) were done with Micron pens. Sometimes I would outline the characters, or try a little bit to vary the line thickness. All in all, though, it was pretty bad.
I didn’t like the Micron or Copic brush pens – they were way too soft and I would always end up making lines that were way too thick. I only had to play with them a little bit to know they’re not for me.
This Tombow brush pen is a lot harder. So I think I’m going to find it a lot easier to get the effect I’m looking for. I’m worried that it’ll suffer too much when I erase the pencils. We’ll see.
I am currently busy creating a backlog of comics for people to read when they first discover this site. Listening to the archives of the Webcomics Weekly Podcast, they say that this is a great idea, so I’m doing it. I have four strips done and I’m working on the fifth.
Part of my process is to create little thumbnails and mockups first. These are very rough in appearance, and they’re just to figure things out. For example, I needed to come up with a look for a delivery man, so I made this graphic.
I’ve been many sketches that are in this style. They are quick and easy, but they also look good. Very good, in fact. To my eye, it’s a really pleasing art style, and it makes me wonder if I should do it this way for my comic strip. I haven’t made my comic strips public yet, so I guess I could change my style any time I want, and the first thing people would see upon coming to this site is the new style. If they read the archives, they’d see some strips of the old style. Now I’m in a quandary. Would people just think I’m taking shortcuts to get the strip out faster? I don’t know, but probably. My current style does take quite a bit more time.
I haven’t come to a conclusion yet. Still thinking about it.
Sycra has a cool video series in which he tries to define a drawing style for himself. Episode 8 in the series, “Ribbons”, is now up:
I’m really enjoying sketching with a felt tip pen. These days I am concentrating extra hard on getting the proportions right.
Will Terrell did a video about one of his sketchbooks. He was learning to do pen and watercolour sketches and they turned out really nice. So I thought I would give it a try myself. I do not have a watercolour brush pen, so I used a C2 Copic marker instead.
I have not been updating this blog because I’ve been drawing a lot in order to improve. I think, though, that it’s time I started posting. So why not post some of my art? Here are a few sketches I did at lunch time.
Right now I’m at the stage where I can draw a copy of another drawing pretty half-decently. Creating original content, however, isn’t so easy. I’m practicing in order to get better at it, in order to make the process of creating a comic go much easier.
The main problem I have with practicing art is just sitting down and doing it. My second problem is how to practice. I found a great video about how to practice drawing on YouTube. Here it is.