Basically since my last update I have made a full 32 page web comic, did a gallery show, made a new portfolio collection, updated my online portfolio, went to my first comic con, submitted work to SOI for their 60th annual, and made my web comic into a high quality digital one. So, I have been busy, and tired.
I’m not done there.
I’m working on getting my comic that I made during inktober into a print version as well as set up a Patreon! (possibly an Etsy too!) In addition to that I am also going to be working on some fan art and holiday themed comics for The Many Misadventures of Theō.
October was a long month, but November and December will be up there too.
So since my last update, I’ve been busy trying to reorganize my live, get better at making comics, better evolve as a professional artist, and work on the business end of things.
I do have a comic in the works that I plan to release soon: The Gummies, which is about a crusading hippo who has to destroy all the mutant gummy bears and keep them from taking over. My original plan was to just color it in black and white, but as I am almost finished with inking it, I’m thinking that I should add grey tones to it to give the story a more rich and powerful presence.
My original plan was to have this comic out by now but life happens and in my personal life, deaths happened and that threw all my plans out.
As far as Number 19 goes, I am still working on that comic series, just I am focusing my attention to shorter comics to build that discipline and prove to potential comics publishers for 19 that I am capable of consistently creating and publishing comics on my own.
After Gummies is released, I will be working on a few more short comics for The Misadventures of Theō as well as inking some more of 19 and starting other short series and one-shots on top of illustrations and graphic work.
And of course, I will be doing all of this in my spare time when I’m not working at my day job, job hunting, attending family things, spending time with my bub, or being with friends.
I have gotten the paper that I need, or prefer, to commence my work on the pages of my comic. The only thing that is special about this paper is that is tabloid sized Bristol board. which is nice, because then I don’t have to waste time cutting down paper to that size, it will fit on my scanner easily, and the detentions will be spot on for when I have to downsize it for the comic book size. It’s a win, win to me.
Beyond this, I have been working on other projects, researching other well known comics/authors/artists, making my small, small (cozy) studio efficient and organized as possible, and working my day job at an art supply store.
As far as Number 19, I finished the working cover for the first issue and now I will be diving into completing the pages. I hope to have it fully inked and coloured in a few months, well for the first part.
My current reading are:
Hellboy (as per usual)
Mœbius’s The World Of Edena
And what books I’m listening to are:
H.P. Lovecraft (all his works)
A Farewell To Arms
Libraries are amazing! If you don’t use yours; you’re missing out!!!
Still waiting on paper… Spoke to higher-ups and should be getting it soon, hopefully within two weeks. So doing final pencils and so on for Number 19 is put on hold. I forward my attention to making shorts and other small side projects that I’ve been needing to do. This included the revamping of my Tumblr and this website on how I present images, comics, and how things are organized. I’ve also turned to creating a short story-esqueseries called The Many Misadventures Of Theō which will be what it says. I’m currently working on the first short comic, three pages, and I hope to have it done by 4/22/17.
Beyond that, I am looking into new possible products to start making and selling, like enamel pins, stickers, original works, and signed prints. I would have to find a way to sell these online, maybe through Etsy or a online shopping things, like Bigcartel. If anyone has any suggestions, leave a comment or message me!
In short, what I have been up to has mainly been reading. Primarily books about how comics are structured and what guidelines there are for making them. Through that research, I have been focusing on finding and creating a clearer direction for my comic series Number 19. When I was originally creating the story, I had very limited prior knowledge making comics (Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, and various comics that I got). With that, my first go at comics was good, considering I’d had no formal training or understanding and only limited time of guidance from the new head of the department at GVSU.*
The story itself is set and practically done [‘practically’ meaning that, if necessary, I will make changes or additions to the story]. What is still brewing in my mind is how I am going to make it visually, which is like standing in the middle of Times Square during rush hour and trying to take in and understand everything. I’m essentially trying to find the best way to tell this story, weighing the questions, and meditating on them. Is color necessary, or can I tell it in black and white? Should I use gray scales or ink-washes? If so, do I also use color too or leave it out completely? What about using color for flashbacks? Should I stylize things more? Etc. Most likely, I will still use the ink-wash and I will probably use color for the purpose of storytelling and design. That opens up more questions about what paper I can, can’t, or should use. Although I can do it all on heavy bristol board and color it digitally, sometimes doing things in the traditional manner is still the best, and that will be a page-by-page assessment. Finally, I still have to figure out what size I want it to be in, a factor that is also dependent on who I publish it through.
So I am reassessing all the questions that I skimmed over quickly when I made the preview edition of Number 19 due to time constraints.
The only constraints that I have now are my day job, my mind’s ability to function after a long day at my day job, and my personal life. To think I was busy in college. I am just as busy, if not more, but I am making less short-term work. That lack of making something new every week or day is strange still. I don’t feel as successful, which I know is rubbish.
In all, that is where I am at currently as of Feb. 20th, 2017
*Side story – So, In the second to last semester of my undergraduate, the head of the illustration department retired and the new head took over on the start of my final semester. Which was awesome because he helped to push that understanding and drive forward for comics more than the last head of the department could. Ed Wong-Ligda > Durwin Talon But don’t get me wrong. Ed was an amazing teacher and I learned scads of traditional methods from him along with all the amazing professors in GVSU’s art department.