Figuring Out How I Feel about Women in Comics So, if you want to make it in comics, apparently, you have to know how to draw impossible women in impossibly contorted positions. This was never really one of my goals, and I’ve been reflecting on why. I’m not claiming any kind of moral high ground,…Read more
The Principles of Animation Apply to Comics I’ve mentioned elsewhere that although I’m drawing comics, my key influences are animators. My belief is that comics should be drawn in a specific way. The artist should have the reader’s brain in mind. If the reader’s brain can connect all the visual cues provided by the artist,…Read more
The Problem So, a while ago I posted about anthropomorphism — specifically, how I planned to handle it in my graphic novel, Żużel and the Fox. But one thing that has persistently nagged at me is the mechanics of digitigrade legs. Many characters in the world of Żużel and the Fox will have to get around on their…Read more
This is a few minutes of highlights from a live video stream I did. I talk through a few of the problems I encounter while designing a new character for the Rudek and the Bear webcomic. She’ll appear in the comic soon! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLDJ5Xb_VbI
It’s been a while since I posted a Rudek and the Bear comic, and there’s a good reason. I’ve been honing my skills on a “test” of the first page of Żużel and the Fox. You know, the graphic novel this whole website is meant to support? The entire page was pencilled, inked and colored in Photoshop….Read more
Okay, okay. So I made these to practice coloring techniques. And Żużel and the Fox is nowhere near ready. But if you’re as excited as I am for the graphic novel, maybe you want to support the project. Now you can — by purchasing and displaying a teaser poster! My goal is to complete the book and…Read more
If you’re like me, you’ve Googled something like “comic book script format.” Or “graphic novel writing structure.” More than a few times. I never find what I’m looking for, precisely. What about you? Maybe you want to make sure your story is in the format editors want. Or maybe you’re tired of the screenplay way…Read more
Just felt like sharing some of the “rejected” sketches for Lucky’s face in panel in this comic. I think these each have their own appeal, but they didn’t communicate what I wanted. I ended up going with a much subtler reaction to discovering he’s been duped.
I’ve just spent about a month setting up this website, and sent out a few invitations for people to check it out. I’m excited to begin this new chapter in the process of making this book happen! Calling it “Beta” makes it sound all official and stuff. But what I really mean is I’m ready…Read more
Progress with page layouts is going well. I’m now at the halfway point! Sort of by accident, these tiny drawings–each page is about 2″ x 3.5″–are becoming pretty detailed and elaborate. I just got really into the process of composing the pages as schemes of values.