I’ve been a busy bee today. Decided to start trying to improve my inking, and I’m fairly happy with the results (at least I can see minor improvements and I know where I want to go with them – which is half the battle). Started the third page of the Ghost Story script and just wanted to ink it with a brush. But I’m not. Using a pen again, to see if I can recapture the style I used about a year ago to do the first page (this is my first touch of a pen for ages).
Quite happy with it (for happy, read: there’s stuff wrong but I don’t know how to fix it – which is a lot better than “I can’t see anything wrong with it”). Got hold of a Lucifer script Lucifer Fansite it’s ish 4, the first 3-4 pages are mostly kids talking (a strength of mine, imho) so I wanna get stuck into that after I come back from the Isle of Man (going there from Sunday til Wednesday so don’t be surprised when there are no updates for those days)
It’s getting bloody close to Comics 2001 and I’m starting to realise I don’t have a plan. Every convention has been do samples for 2000AD (and grab anything else I have to show to any other companies that turn up). Now showing 2000AD samples is moot, I’m not sure my next course of action. I know Shelly Bond (DC/Vertigo editor) is turning up so I’m aiming to meet and greet 2000ad/Warhammer (see if I can get more work) and to show the Lucifer samples to Bond.
hmm… sometimes I write something and I try and post and I have a system crash. Then I figure I gotta write it again, only this time I’m jobbing through it and can barely be bothered.
Just so’s you know…
Okay, today: went into town and picked up some original artwork by Cully Hammer. I know guys that would look at incredible artwork like that and think “bugger I can never do that” and they feel defeated. I tend to look at it and go “cor, I’d love to be able to do that” and feel really inspired to pick up a pencil. Been doing some character sketch stuff today, just to keep my hand in. Gonna see if I can get a script for “Lucifer” and do a sample of it for comics 2001. Johnny (my original art guy) has hundreds of pages of original artwork by various creators (I have a couple of pages – my faves are the Cully Hammer page and a page of “Titans” by Chris Sprouse). The stuff I like has a certain quality to the inking line. It’s incredible looking, really controlled and absoloutly faultless. Incredibly fine lines exactly where they should be and the feathered lines are exactly equidistanced apart and taper to the most incredible points. I wish I could do that. And by god I’m gonna keep trying.
Okay…. I’ve been doing nothing. I got the art for LiveBait scanned in, and when my pc is connected you should be able to see it soonish. I’ve also started moving some of my shareware comics stuff off site, which will allow me to put some more stuff online.
Geeky computer thing I’ve done today: stuck a second video card in my pc and, along with an old – not great monitor – I now have a 2 monitor system. It fairly rocks (in a sad kind of way) definately much easier to edit and colour artwork this way. Cool… now what I want is Windows 2000 so my PC can become a little more crash resistant.
Cor this lettering lark is dull, even with computers. I use Corel Draw and a font called WhizBang! it’s a nice, generic looking comic book lettering font (although you have to buy it). I also use a font called “YIKES” (which is shareware). I’ve lettered the first five pages of the Bulldog strip (called “DUTY”) it’s got great dialogue, although there’s quite a bit of it.
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And now, here’s a domain name My Computer. Since the NTL IP address (oh yes, I can see everyone falling asleep now) is mostly static – this should work 90% of the time — unless my PC keels over (which it will)
As far as comics go: well, I’m on the downhill slope to comics 2001. I’ve completed the artwork I needed to do (although I have a little chasing up for one of the strips for Violent) now all I have to do is letter the 10 page bulldog, the 3 page Live Bait 2 and the 3 Page other strip whos name I can’t remember. So I may not be posting any bits for a couple of days (although I may, who knows, not me, that’s for sure)
At Last! Sat down and forced myself to finish the last page of the dog strip. From Beginning to end it’s taken a fair while to get this thing done. Got the script around the 16th of Jan and I’ve finished it today (21 April – what’s that? 3 months later). Why so long? Cus I had a 2000ad assignment and a warhammer assignment in between times (and a Doc Who illo and a 3 page Live Bait strip to finish and a cover to do for it).
Not an awful lot of work to show for the time period although if you count all of the pages I drew which I didn’t like it’d probably be a fairly impressive page count. The gap between starting bulldog and finishing meant my enthusiasm waned somewhat (despite a really good script by Jason Cobley) so I’m glad to have it done. Now of course I’ve gotta letter all of this stuff in time for a lot of it to be printed before Comics 2001.
Hopefully after comics 2001 I can do another Bulldog (this time in one go). Mind you, if I get another 2000AD assignment or a Warhammer assignment in the middle … hell… they pay 😉
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Been having lots and lots of problems with Blogger and NTL world in the past couple of days. Also my little clock had to go, it seemed to be the cause of a system crash on Simon Grrs computer — Sorry Si 🙂