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This week on Adventures in Cartooning (Or Things I Wish I Knew Months Ago)…
They say an artist is always their own worst critic. That’s probably very true. Very, very, very true. I wish my work was better no matter what anyone else says, and I’m coming to think that maybe that’s a good thing. It pushes people to be better and to grow. I’ve been experimenting with different ways of producing this strip lately, and one of the methods I’ve tried is using brush and ink to do it.
I been following Doug TenNapel’s (creator of Earthworm Jim) webcomic Ratfist, and a few weeks ago, he posted a video of him painting a Ratfist comic. I say painting because he’s using a brush better suited to painting a house then inking a comic. Seriously, the brush is as big around as my finger! I wish I was capable of creating work that good with something as simple as a brush and a bottle of ink. Then I thought ‘why not try it?’.
So I picked up a brush for a couple of bucks (one very similar to the one in TenNapel’s video) and thought I’d give it a try. Results the first time around were decent, but killed my wrist. I decided to scour the internet for some more information on how to ink with a brush. I tried some more, with much the same results as before.
However, even though the work wasn’t as good as a micron/brush pen (what I’ve been using in the strip), I had a weird sense of pride from the work. I enjoyed learning a new medium and method as much as anything, and wanted to do more. It’s doubtful I’ll do it on the strip much in the near future, but is a method I’ll probably use once in awhile on other artwork.
Here’s a link to a cool tutorial I found on inking:
Written by Joe Hill (The son of Stephen King), Locke & Key centers around the Locke Family, who move across the country after the father is brutally murdered by one of his students. The Family finds the family home is more then it appears when the youngest son discovers a Ghost Door, a door that, when opened with a special key, allows whoever enters it to leave their body and move around as a ghost. To add to strangeness, the old abandoned well house in the backyard appears to have an occupant…
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Last week I talked about Google Sketchup, a free program for 3D modeling. I managed to whip up a 3D version of ‘Ye Olde Comix Shoppe’, and thought I’d share it with you all.