I’ve completed the first two pages of Woo episode 3, and they’re the first time I’ve relied on using perspective to any great degree (not sure about some of it, but it’ll all come out in the wash). There are things you have to accept and balance out when you’re drawing a comic. The important factors are:
1. A finished comic is better than an unfinished comic
2. The longer it takes to finish a page the less likely it is I can make a living drawing a page
3. It’s debatable how much people notice that drive me nuts on my artwork
So, to sum up, these pages took longer than I would’ve liked partly because I’ve been trying to learn new stuff as I go – there’s no way, even if I had enough work, that at this speed it would be worth while drawing comics so something has to give. Tomorrow I start page 3 and I’ll be looking to speed up.
Ok, so I’m one page two of this woo thing and I’ve kind of hamstrung myself by having an assasin character wear this really heavy body armour and now I want to show the person’s body (when you see you’ll understand) so that Woo can make a judgement call on who the person is. So … I’ve decided … to have the assassin lose the armour as woo is chasing them… bits of littered armour as woo runs up stairs.
__Drawing from life__
Over the past couple of days (since the big art spend) I’ve been trying to both draw from life (using photos of women and children — bloody tough stuff and an old issue of FLEX magazine) and I think I’m already starting to see some payback – which is incredibly gratifying.
For those keeping track I’m currently heading toward the peak of my ego-apex (which is also the peak of my asshole-index, sadly) … so expect more posts along the lines of ‘I’m great me’.
Quickish sketch done this morning. I spent a small fortune (about £50) on art type stuff, paper, pencils, etc, and here’s some results.
I’m focusing my attention on learning to draw.
I’ve actually made a minor breakthrough on simple one-point perspective. I can fiddle it and hack it and avoid it like a king but I’ve never actually really understood it, but I’m getting closer.
Also: Woo ep 3 page 1 started, the first page is a kind of chase through a warehouse and cus it’s six panels I’m having to figure out a way to immediatly grab the reader (episode 1 page 1 which you’ll all see in next months meg was a really easy grab page – two big panels). So I’m hoping I can draw an arresting background and that’ll do the trick. Still trying to figure out how to do reflective shading on helmets. The depth of my ignorance is astonishing…