Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Experiment?

This is an experiment, or maybe the beginning of something bigger, I'm not sure at the moment. The experiment was: write, layout, draw, ink and letter a page in ONE hour. Here it is. About 55 minutes actually. I only had a vague idea of the little story I wanted to tell but if I end up doing more of those I will do the same: improvise.
Fun.
Soundtrack: Tron Legacy by Daft Punk.
Beverage: water.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Digital tools

I can't really understand comic artists who are sneering at digital tools or even in some case bragging they don't even own a computer. One can choose to use traditional tools but scoffing at anything digital strikes me as short sighted and absurd. The computer and any art program running on it are tools like any other art tool. Laughing at that is like laughing at oil paint or watercolor. Should all artists only work with wood engraving because it's more 'pure' or 'true'?

Open your mind. You can make comics with any tools you like in any form you like. And digital tools offer you the only chance you have ever had in history to control every aspect of the production from planning phase, creation and now distribution. They should be celebrated not sneered at.

I create all of my art completely digitally on the computer now and I don't feel my style has become more mechanical, or colder or tackier, all things that a lot of misguided artists associate with digital. It allowed me to produce finished art with a speed and consistency I wouldn't have thought possible. It also allowed me to explore different stylistic solutions to framing, storytelling, lighting I never thought about before. And I've only scratched the surface of what's possible I think.

It's a brave new world and ignoring any new tool, especially such incredibly powerful and flexible ones, is not smart.
Find your way, find your style and your technique, and everything's good as long as you're making good interesting art.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Other updates

Not much in the way of general art but I have updated the blog of my graphic novel project Repossessed with a lot of art posts.
It kinda rocks.