Ah, thank you *blush*
Ran into THE Hikari Shimoda last night at her art show in LA <3
She was SUPER SUPER sweet and she was very generous about answering all the questions that I had ; w ; I even gots to have her wonderful magical hands on my waist when we were taking pics *____* -creepy fangirl-ing-
Art trade with Veelopesciraptor!!
I swear, this face angle is the hardest thing to do in the world… I had a lot of fun with this though, and it actually helped to cheer up my shitty mood today. My drawings still suck, but at least I’m working on it.. lol
Pen and ink//edited on photoshop.
I’ve heard that 11x17 is the standard paper size for making comics, since it’s easier to put in more details, and would look better when it gets condensed to a smaller size…
Working bigger is proving to be a challenge for me since it’s harder to see your mistakes (it’s easier to catch those things when you are viewing the whole picture from afar), and trying to fill up all that space is intimidating..
To the right is my failed comic book project from last year, called “POST-MORTEM”, where I used 8x11 paper from the brand, DELETER. I’ve put it next to my current work in progress i’for paper size comparison…
I’m going to go ahead and finish up at least 5 pages of my new comic before uploading it and seeing how it looks… I guess depending on wether or not I see quality improvement from working on bigger sized paper will determine wether or not I’d continue to work in this fashion. It’s not easy to break out of your comfort zone, but if it means improvement, then it’s worth it! I’m actually hoping that I’d get used to working bigger so that I’d be more confident to create pieces on a larger canvases in the future too.
So…I’m finally doing the thing.
Page 1 of my short horror comic, “PIANO LESSON”.
I was hanging out with my best friend late one night, and we got onto the topic of our childhood (we grew up together), and how we both had the same piano teacher. That word, “piano teacher” seemed to trigger something inside my brain, and this WHOLE story out of nowhere just came together inside of my head. I came home at 4am that morning, and wrote out the whole thing on my ipad before falling asleep. The vision came to me so clearly. I knew how the main character was going to look like, what her name was going to be, and how everything was going to play out… It’s kind of crazy.
There weren’t any questions as to what mediums I’ll be using and how I wanted everything to look. There wasn’t a single thing that was standing in my way of making this comic right away.
Yet, I hesitated.
That was until I got to work with a girl from a different store this week. It turned out that she was an artist as well, and she was a really dedicated one, even though she had no career in mind that involved art. She carried an anatomy and color theory books with her to work, and she makes it a goal to draw everyday… She had this very overall carefree attitude about her, and wasn’t stressed or striving to “make it” as an artist, but was bettering herself for her own self-satisfaction. It kind of hit me how anal and unreasonably stressed-out I was towards something that I should be enjoying.
After resolving to take drawing more lightly and as a means to express myself creatively and better myself for that sole purpose, drawing have been coming to me a bit more naturally. I can’t start on this comic with the mind-set of “This will either break me or make me”, but rather, “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m going to go for it, and it’s going to be super fun and exciting”.