Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charlotte Comicon sketches.

I had the pleasure of sharing space with the gang from Sketch Charlotte at last Sunday's Charlotte Comicon. For a pleasant change, I didn't get to spend much time drawing anything to scan and post online, but that was mainly because I spent quite a bit of time drawing for other people! Everyone was really great, and seemed to like their drawings. I took three pictures, but didn't get to take a picture of the great Mad Hatter that I did for Savannah, who also got the Esmeralda sketch I did below. I apologize for the blurry pictures, but these are taken with my phone, and this close up, it just gets blurry sometimes. Pretty soon, I'm gonna take an actual camera to these things to capture convention drawings.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Perspective is a Harsh Mistress

(Apologies for cross-posting this everywhere, I just don't know where people see my work, so I put it everywhere, and today I have a ton to do, so I'm even copying and pasting the text.)

The advantage to re-drawing about half of the Factor of 01 to be consistent in print format means I get to completely rework things I have not been entirely happy with. Originally the first panel, while it worked, wasn't entirely what I wanted. This is closer, and while I don't think I've got the handle on 3 point perspective that it demands, I think it's good enough to serve the purpose.

I also won't be replacing this on the web site until the next strip is redrawn. I've completely changed the beat of the action. That's the worst part of the original artwork. I really do not like staging fight scenes in my comics, so I do it badly. In the first Jet-Pack Jenny comic, there's actually two strips that were all black as a cop-out, albeit done on a dare. That second panel is also the second part of my lesson in how harsh a mistress perspective can be. Never ever say you can fix perspective in Photoshop, it will still not look 100% right.