Rituals

There are some parts of the drawing process that feel close to rituals for me.

Cleaning out a pen for drawing borders is one I actually miss – declogging a rotring isograph’s inner workings to let the black gold flow in perfect 1.4mm width had to be done every weeks, in order to lay out panel borders.

Clip Studio paint and it’s always perfectly crisp lines have replaced it totally, which is a pity really because you feel sometimes that you miss that moment of comtemplation that is both required for drawing but not part of drawing.

Rubbing the pencils of a page out, after inking. That’s gone too, for me. Though I admit, I miss this a lot less – the danger that you top right of the page will suddenly crumple in as you work the eraser over the page was always very real. I print in blue lines and ink over them, no more rubbing. No more collected smotes of eraser rubber needing brushed off before a scan.

Actually I’m glad I don’t have to do that stuff anymore.

Cleaning down the studio after completing a book. That’s a good one, My favourite, in fact. Clear the desks, clean the drawing table (scrapping off encrusted ink that’s built up over the month you’ve been inking). Putting pages and pages of a book away in as drawer. Knowing it’s all scanned in hi res and the originals will probably never be seen again (why not just burn then? That would have a cathartic resonance, surely?)

Tearing the plastic wrap off a new clean block of A3 bristol board, tearing off its cover and marking the margins for the first time. I like that.

Anyway, M is now finished. On to the next thing (TV stuff and TANKS!)

 

Birthday Booty

Hey, it was my birfday the other day (it’s ok, I know you got me a card but got mixed up over the dates, it’s easy done). The only good thing about my age is I enjoy how taken aback people are when I tell them.

Wait, no, the only good thing about my age is I get a birthday haul. And here it is, you might like some of these things too.

(This bulging bag of birthday bonzas may look small, but I would note my wife took me off to the fabulous city of Derry for the night. I like Derry, I enjoy the accent and I love that they like books)

Books:

Extremity by Daniel Warren Johnson (colours by Mike Spicer) I’m hoping it’s a terrible read (though I’ve heard it isn’t) because that man is far too talented an artist to also be a good writer.

Abe Sapien book 1 – one of those massive Dark Horse tomes, I have a run of the BPRD: Plague of Frogs and this is a fine companion.

The Goddamned – I’m not sure what to make of this, rm Guerra on fine form, written by Jason Aaron, it feels very influenced by the movie Noah (or Noah was influenced by this).

There were sundry other bits (I got me a cool little R2D2, not a sphereo robot one, but a nice heavy metal one) as well as some other bits and bobs.

And that doesn’t even include my xmas haul (“Alexa, play my “oh-crap-I-have-a-deadline” playlist)

Happy another year getting older, comic book chums

-pj

 

Post-posterous

Hey All! 

In trying to simplify my online life, I’ve managed to cock up and have a number of blogs to maintain. I’m gonna be phasing all of them out in favour of the blog on my own website (http://www.pauljholden.com) where I’m always 100% sure I own the actual content (*No idea of Posterous T&C – I assume they’re perfectly reasonable, but, like many people, I’m sure, I barely read T&Cs and, if I do, it’s when someone has paniced and assumed they’re giving away all their work to twitpic or something).

Posterous is a brilliant way to pass content onto my wordpress blog, but I find that I have two seperate blogs to keep up to date and check for typos! Well, no more!

Thanks for subscribing, and I hope you join me over at http://www.pauljholden.com

Dr Bizarre, MD

I’ve done a pin up for Andy Suriano’s Doc Bizarre, MD. While doing it, I posted updates on twitter. Here they are:

There’s a little too much going on- but as it’s a sketch that just means I have options … 
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Pinup-also: possibly the tightest pencils I’ve ever drawn, ever-worried may have sucked life out of it /cc  

Inking with a nib 
Inking with a nib

I love rubbing pencils out from underneath ink – and watching a clean ink drawing ’emerge’ -it’s kind of magical 

I love rubbing pencils out from underneath ink - and watching a clean ink drawing 'emerge' -it's kind of magical

Filling in blacks using a brush pen filled with Indian ink. I live in dread that my art will fade after a week 
Filling in blacks using a brush pen filled with Indian ink. I live in dread that my art will fade after a week

Doctor, leg. ((for Brits of a certain age)) 
Doctor, leg. ((for Brits of a certain age))

The other shoe has dropped 
The other shoe has dropped

Inking from the bottom prevents pencil smear but creates the continual lurking ink smear danger! 
 Inking from the bottom prevents pencil smear but creates the continual lurking ink smear danger!

Rocks

Added a bit of thickness to the outline of the chains.

Added a bit of thickness to the outline of the chains.

Gonna ink the face next. Wish me luck (Alan Davis famously said that as long as face and hands were inked right it didn’t matter about the rest – I’m paraphrasing)
Gonna ink the face next. Wish me luck (Alan Davies famously said that as long as face and hands were inked right

Cocked up the left (his right) eyebrow-easily fixed with whiteout or in the computer. 
Cocked up the left (his right) eyebrow-easily fixed with whiteout or in the computer.

Getting Near the end… 
Getting Near the end...

Mostly done. lightning to add and I’ll leave the background White for colour. 

Mostly done. lightning to add and I'll leave the background White for colour.

Compass with doohickey for using with pens. Took me years before I realised what that doohickey was for. 
Compass with doohickey for using with pens. Took me years before I realised what that doohickey was for.

Done! will add some splatter in mangastudio and that’s it for the b&w! Thanks for watching! 
Done! will add some splatter in mangastudio and that's it for the b&w! Thanks for watching!

Numbercruncher

Well, that’s that then.

I’ve just uploaded the final page of Numbercruncher, episode 10 – 80pages in total. If you want to find out what happens to mathematician, Richard Thyme, The Devine Calculator’s hardest nut, Bastard Zane, and the crazy bureaucracy of the afterlife that our hero (and anti-hero) find themselves in then, then it all plays out in next two issues of the Judge Dredd Megazine. If you missed it, or fancy reading the meg, it’s available online from the 2000AD shop here’s the issues:

http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_306http://shop.200…
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_308
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_309
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_310
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_311
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_313
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_314
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_315
http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/judge_dredd_megazine_316

(At the time of writing, only issues 306-310 are available to buy digitally, but, if you’re coming to this post late, they should all be there).

Thanks for joining me and Si on this fine adventure, we hope you liked it, and, fingers crossed, you’ll see Zane and Thyme again. And again. And again.*

(*That’s a joke, because it’s about reincarnation …)

-pj

(Images are:1. A Greyscale test, we weren’t sure exactly how we wanted things to look. Si wanted something a little more ‘organic’ then the greywash effect achieved here.
2. Black & White of the same page.3. Ultimately, I ended up adding greywash directly to the page, rather than doing lineart and adding it in photoshop.
4. Bastard Zane, the original design – I SOOO wanted the hitler moustache . Oh well.5. More clunky looking designs.
6-9. First four pages. Still really like those pages.
10. Cover designs, there was only one real choice (in fact the others were thrown in there as a ‘well, I should really give a couple of options’)
11. B&W Lineart. Unlike the interior pages, I knew this would be in full colour, so decided to add texture in the computer.
12. Colour Cover – sadly the meg logo covered up much of the background. Still really like this cover though, and, hopefully… if we get a collection…

State of the Onion

I have been most remiss in my blogging. I am ashamed.

But not too much.

Here’s what’s up:

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I quit facebook. I have no regrets. Just a compulsive itch to see what exactly I’m missing. Like leaving a party that’s obviously ended, but, because a bunch of people stayed (not even people you like, just people) you keep thinking you’re missing … SOMETHING. (Especially gossip about you).

On the whole though, I think life is that little bit sunnier for not having the set of commitments that, somehow, accrued around managing a facebook account.

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Robocop/Terminator hit the stands. Issue 1 out now fact finders! I hope you like it (though, if you don’t that’s ok too – EVEN THOUGH I TOTALLY DIDN’T SEE MY WIFE AND KIDS CUS I WAS LOCKED IN MY ROOM DRAWING STUPID ROBOTS SHOOTING AT OTHER STUPID ROBOTS! WHY DO YOU HATE ME?)

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NUMBERCRUNCHER winding down… I’m about to start episode 10! The end! Hope you like how it all turns out. I’ll let you know when we find a publisher for a collection. I really think it’ll reward a good solid read in one sitting.

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THE COMPLETE BATTLEFIELDS *HARDBACK* is out now! Blimey, I wish all my comics came out in hardback, this thing is frickin’ lovely. it’s LOVELY. (Plus they’re some good stories Garth writes, but you didn’t need me to tell you that…)

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See you next month!