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Here’s a little story about how my good friend, Hainanu Saulque reacts in every situation where he meets somebody new. This whole idea came about when we were all drinking and laughing after Nu told us that he got to meet Quentin Tarantino at San Diego Comic Con. We all speculated that he’d meet Tarantino, shake his hand, get his DVDs signed, have a quick conversation with him, then walk away muttering how much of an asshole that Tarantino was. Which got us to speculating that even if he met Jesus, he’d still tell us he was an asshole afterwords.
So I’m still plugging away on my book and here’s an update on a page I’ve been working on. This is pretty much how I start out every single thing I do. I map out the panels and figure out my layout. I’ve never been a fan of panel layouts that are complex or really dynamic because I feel like the focus of a comic page should be the art and story. If people are noticing your triangular, jagged, sketchy, inset panel work your art has to pop so much more to make the art stand out. It’s not needed and honestly nobody even notices it. I’m already a victim of spending to much time working on things that nobody even notices or cares about. I don’t need to spend another 4 hours on fancy panel work. Also this is the first time I’ve drawn a comic at “traditional” size.
Next I flesh in the skeletons for my figures. There’s a ton of erasing involved in this stage and for me it’s the most important part of my figure drawing. The strange thing is I’ve been watching a ton of tutorials on Youtube regarding dynamic figure drawing and skeletal structure so this process has changed a bit more from what you see here.
Next I flesh out the character. I start with the expressions for the most part. you can see how I fill this in if you look at the difference between the first and third panels. I wanted a really simple and clean look for this panel with as few line variations as possible when I ink it to make the expressions stand out a bit more than usual. I think it helped to progress my character from a state of confusion to anger.
I started penciling all this from the bottom because the page is so fucking big I have to really hunch over to get the top of the page drawn. In the second panel you can see my complete lack of understanding perspective. Three lines will get it done. I’m a fucking moron. Maybe I’ll watch less internet porn and concentrate on perspective….naw that’s fucking crazy talk. I’ve also been trying to work on getting a more dynamic look in this book than I have before. You can see that from my 1st panel. It’s not that I didn’t care about it, but drawing at a larger size really affords me a lot more room to rock some different looking shit on the pages. Normally I draw at mini comic size in Moleskin sketchbooks which doesn’t allow a lot of room for non-essential story telling.
Here I’ve finished the bottom three panels pencil work and roughed in my lettering. I don’t really go hard on the lettering yet because at this point I’m really just trying to make it all fit. Normally I letter every single thing straight on the page by hand, but I’m switching up my usual process for this. I found that I use word balloons as a crutch for covering shit that I really haven’t figured out how to draw or shit that I’m just to lazy to put work into. For this comic I decided to force myself to not be such a lazy untalented fuck head and learn how to draw anatomy I suck at and I’m gonna add in all the lettering after I’ve drawn each page. However there’s no way I can do the same with sound effects and shit like that because to me it detracts from the flow of the page and I really like to work my sound effects into a lot of the motions I put into panels.
So I started inking some things (not because I finished the pencils as you can plainly see in panel two) in order to help me avoid smearing the pencil all over the page because I’m left handed, and to help me separate some line work from other lines. I am a terrible penciller. I scribble and draw over almost ever line that I lay on the page and after awhile it turns into a giant fucking disaster, so inking shit really helps me to differentiate foreground from background. Plus it looks better when I throw the picture on Instagram, like I’ve accomplished something with my time.
There you have it. All inked and pretty. There’s a few things left to tidy up, but it’s 99% done. I think I did pretty well conveying emotion and action on this page for the limited artistic skill set I possess, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide when you don’t purchase my book.
I’ll post more progress on the book next week as I finish more pages. I suppose if you have any questions on how or why I do things, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you out. <3
So here’s the last two pages of the book Ben Smash! that I made for Free Comic Book Day. The whole book was just a fun non-sensical thing that I put out with very little thought (or effort) put into story. That last two pages were drawn by my good friend Corey Bernhardt, because I wanted the jump from my comic art to a more realistic version of the store owner Ben. I think it came out really well and it makes me happy that I could get a few of my friends to do things in the book to hopefully get their stuff out there to the 5 people that check out this blog. I got Corey to draw the last two pages, my friend Nu has his pudgy face in the bottom corner of page 14 saying “Toasty” and my friend Junior Bruce did a pin up for the books back cover.
If you’re in the Sacramento area you can stop by Empires Comic Vault at: 1120 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA (916) 482-8779
There’s also really good suprises in the display box for people who grab the book for free. There’s 5 Super Limited Sketch Editions, 5 Limited edition prints of the box art I did & Bens werewolf head stickers tucked inside every book.
If you aren’t in the area and really want a copy let me know and I can throw some up on Etsy for a buck (to cover the postage and the fact that Esty and Paypal will take around 50 cents of each sale.)
Other than that, I’ve been really getting away from the grind of the blog and doing a lot of comic work because I’m just burnt out. I needed time to regain my sanity and for my hand to stop shaking when I go to ink a page. But I think I’m good now…so I’m hoping to be able to get shit up on here more often. Well after this weekend because I’m heading to Arizona for the weekend. I may be deported though because I hear they hate Mexicans there.
Page Six is behind this stupid thumbnail.
Page six. Ohhh boy. I’m getting a little quicker with the coloring now. Which is a good thing because sitting at a computer without masturbating to some sort of scat fetish pornography hours upon end just seems like a complete waste of time to me. It’s getting quicker, but at some point I hope I get better. If not I’ll just go back to coloring in shit, piss and blood.
Here’s the original panels this page is based on.
I’m off to go work on the packaging for this book.