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Sloppy vs Clean

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.

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Art inspired by Will Terrell

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.

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Some Art

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.