I know I've been behind in my blog posts, really behind. Where has the time gone? I've had to put aside a personal project I was working on with my hubby to work on a number of commissions. I will share some of them when I'm able. In the meantime, here's a recent piece I did because I needed an avatar for the upcoming Cambridge Arts Festival where I'll be tabling on August 26th. It about sums up me up in the morning. I am so not creative or coherent until I've had that cup of Joe, or two...
I'm pleased to be working with Oliver Ho again on another comic project. This time it involves a cat as one of the main characters in his story entitled, My Beloved Monster. It's a romance with a twist. Below is some concept art of the main characters: Darnell, Ella, the Cat; and some of the supporting cast, Susan, Hazel, Joan and David.
I'll admit that drawing comics generally doesn't come easy to me. It's a whole different set of skills to master: Panels, story flow, leading the eye from panel to panel, following the script, text bubbles, camera angles, inking, action, conveying emotion, and all those tiny little panels sometimes feels a little restrictive to me. I do think the Schoolism classes I've taken so far have made a huge difference because to me my drawings feel more confident and expressive which makes the layout step a much more enjoyable experience. I can't share anything else with you just yet but perhaps a page or two once it's complete. :)
Every year artists all over the world take up the challenge to draw something each day in October using traditional inks and I decided to take up that challenge because I felt that I had become too used to inking and painting digitally. Digital is great because if you make a mistake, just hit undo. You can also experiment with a piece until the cows come home. Having said that there is still something special about the tactile feel of the pen or brush on paper, having happy accidents and—in a good way—achieving a less perfect outcome with a traditional approach.
While I didn't succeed in posting every day (life and other priorities got in the way) I was proud of myself for posting something most days. I don't think it was difficult coming up with an idea each day; the difficulty lay in deciding which one to proceed with. Some were a bit too ambitious to bring to life in one day to my satisfaction so I decided I would revisit them later without the pressures of a time limit.
I'll admit that inking is not really my strong suit. I did take a class on inking a while back but, as with anything, to become proficient you need a lot of practice. I took this opportunity to experiment with Pitt pens, Micron pens, Copic brushes and brush and nib with Indian Ink.
Below is what I felt were my favourite ideas/pieces from this exercise. I hope you enjoy them. :)
I finished the cover for my friend, Devon Wong. His story and first web comic is called The Body of Nadia Shakir. He created it in collaboration with his father, Alfred. They are both quite talented so I recommend checking it out. You can find the full comic at either vignetteproject.com or nadiashakir.smackjeeves.com. Initially, I was going to paint it in a cell-shading style but Devon asked to go for a more 50's poster style and here is the result. This is my first painted portrait in years and I was quite pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for looking.
I was feeling really creative tonight so rushed with the chores so I could have a little time to draw. I used pen. Now to make dinner.