have i mentioned how much i love ink?
i started a doodle. it just went weird. skeletons & unicorns…but not in the cool way. then i did this one.
is not my best. i was out of sync. i had this purple spilled ink from a few days ago when misha was painting. i mopped it up with this piece of paper. i did not get a strong impression from the blots…but i did see sea horses.
and i have been wanting to do some airships.
it’s okay. but i think my mojo is off. i have found that i work better towards the end of the day. i think tomorrow i will prepare a piece of paper in the morning. some water & ink play. let it dry. and find my inspiration at dusk.
maybe i need to listen to some tina turner.
get back in the groove.
tomorrow, my lovelies, is another day of ink.
after all, we have the rest of october!
so i am still working on the “epic” mojo. i think it will be a bit before it is done. a combination of finding the space & time and just the sheer size of it for inking, etc.
meanwhile! my critique was on wednesday. my professor kept citing me as an example (in a good way) to other students in their critiques. i felt a bit awkward about this…but it was flattering. for my critique he said, “this is great.” i thought he said, “this is gray,” and i was thinking, “but i added so much color!” he also told me i had a “good hand.” he seemed confused by the range of my subject matter–going from whimsical to grotesque. i think he suggested that i should sink into one style and steadfastly stay there–making it my own. so that when people were looking for that, they would come to me. he reinforced my belief that i should stick to my guns as a “luddite” graphic novelist. that my technique would eventually stand out among the digitized web-comics that dominate the scene. so it was all good. his one suggestion (other than not trending over into children’s art) was that i somehow combine it all. hey diddle diddle meets mama zombie slayer, so to speak. so i have been brainstorming that. then today, listening to the minions chatter, i heard the word “pirates” and had an “aha!” moment.
pirates! bluejean is a pirate. airships & monsters & pirates & zombie skeletons & color & chaos. i just have to think of a title…. but it is all there. mojo will stay mojo, & i will start a second graphic novel where it all comes together. wooly bear mammoths, squid, sea monsters, and lincoln trees….
i’m pretty excited about it.
and for mojo, i put the pages together, and all i need for my second zine is a cover.
i will work on that in class this week if not before. then to the printers! for zine fest i will have episode one & two zines. plus! i will have prints of hey! diddle diddle, lincoln tree, bluejean, wooly bear mammoth, and moses jones banishes dusty. and i will find out how the public feels about my art. or not. either way, i am putting myself out there & taking a chance. and that is good.
battling cats, infants, and toddlers, i have been working on this painting for my watercolor final. a second story board for trials of the moonfish. this is my second attempt on this particular painting. in the first, i made bluejean’s head too big, madam buttons’s sweater too bulky, the moonfish too chunky, the sperm whale ALL wrong, and there was too much color. i should get this version done today in class–where there are no curious cats or snotty babies with grabby hands.