tags: color, comics, drawing process, drawlin, Pete's Dragon, Promethazine, Strippers, video, WTD
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Everyone can draw. Everyone can see shapes and process them into one cohesive, recognizable image. But at some point self awareness kills 99% of peoples confidence in their artistic endeavors. Maybe you loved to draw as a child, but some other little shit comes along an tells you that your drawing of Godzilla eating a town full of people “Is stupid.” Most people are afraid of failing in front of people and tend to give up on anything they think that they’re not good at. I don’t believe that I was born with a natural talent at drawing, but I do know that I’ve worked everyday at getting better. Do I think I’m the best I could be at my craft? Not by a long shot. But everyday I work on little things in my art, things that most people won’t notice but it all adds up to constantly improving upon my foundation. I’ve spent weeks working on how a pair of Jordan III’s should look when seen from a 3/4 angle. I’ve been spending the last few months on trying to get my characters to have weight with the background and objects they interact with. It’s insane but for some reason most good artists have the same drive to not fail.
However, as a computer colorist I’ve been an absolute failure. I couldn’t figure out the whole process, how to make it look nice, or why I suck so much at using my Wacom tablet. I was so insecure with my lack of coloring skills that I just didn’t even attempt it. I’m pretty awful at coloring, but I decided to just start grinding on things to get better. With the help of my friend (and part time lover) Corey Bernhardt I’ve seen a gradual improvement in my skills.
This strip is the point where I finally feel I’ve turned the corner on being able to color my shit. Is it up to other peoples coloring talents? No, but it works for the asthetic that I desire within my own style. I really put off coloring this strip because it was the one I knew I wanted to do well. So looking at it now all shiny and complete I’m proud of how it turned out.
Not only that it’s pretty rad to have an entire comic strip about drinking Promethazine, tripping balls and seeing Pete’s Dragon. My mother is so proud.
So pour another cup of drank and get ready for an entire month of me really trying a lot harder on making this blog more engaging.