That blessed time is upon us…INKTOBER. It’s that wonderful time of year when cartoonists amature and professional, doodlers, draughtsmen, and well anyone with access to ink forgoes the beauty and relaxation of Fall for a frantic rush to dash out one ink drawing per day.
31 days… 31 drawings.
I know I missed an entire month of Mondays. I have been working, just not nearly as hard as I should have. So for last Monday, here is a page from the latest chapter in my book. As you can see, the artwork is more detailed (which is great but takes a lot longer).
This week, the challenge I’ve been facing is that my abilities have changed so much from when I got started. I knew that I was going to get better as the books progressed, in fact, I counted on it. The first volume was about childhood and I wanted the artwork to reflect that. But volume two is taking me so long that I just didn’t account for my abilities changing this much. Below are three illustrations. The first is from Volume 1. The second is from the first chapter of Volume 2. As you can see, there is a change. The third is what I’ve done recently. I think it is leaps and bounds beyond anything else I’ve done.
I have been trying to decide, should I keep going in Volume 2 with the style I already established in the first chapter, or should I draw it to the best of my abilities. I don’t think I want the artwork to change mid book, so I was left wondering if I should just start over.
In the end, I think I want the books to show a progression of me as an artist as well as a character. To that end, Im trying to get through Volume 2 and keep the mid-point style. Besides, I told people I’d have it done at the end of last Summer and here we are almost to August again.
Today’s post is about changing where I’m going. After visiting the CCS in Vermont, I’m not at all sure that I want to go there. I’m going to Savannah to look at SCAD this week and then I’ll decide. But this got me thinking…what do I want to do? What kind of comics or stories do I want to write? Where do I want this blog to go. So for now at least, I’m letting it go a bit. It won’t be a once-a-week comic but a once-a-week something. I might post a comic or a character sketch, a process I’m working on or a page from my book. The idea is to make this blog about pushing me to get work done (aka t(i)m volume 2) rather than getting in the way of work. Here is what I was working on today. The very very rough story and the somewhat more polished drawn pages for chapter 5. Enjoy.
Here’s a little comic from my road trip to Vermont. Thanks Rick Hogg for the idea.