moses jones page 43

always with the mixed feelings about this comic.
where am i going?
do i like my art work? my style? or should i strive for something bigger & better?

always the self-doubt and urge to just take a match to it all.

i wonder about doing my graphic novel pages in a way that they could stand alone. maybe even on canvas? or mass produced as prints?
is there a purpose to my prose?

maybe i should just do one page comics with no words that i can sell as “real art.”

poop.

i haven’t seen the sun in days. monday is the next time it is forcast to appear.
and we are having the second new moon of the month.
a black moon.
new beginnings.
new beginnings.
what new beginnings do i need to make?

well…here is page 43. i have some difficulty with drawing laslo. and always difficulty with drawing susan. even some problems drawing moses jones. but i like the layout.
i am going somewhere with this.
i just don’t know if it is worth going there.

fuck it. i need to meditate or something.

look at me go

i’m already working on page 43. it helps when i already have the dialogue ready to go, the storyline. then i can get to work faster.

plus i need to stay off of facebook because i’m starting trouble over there. or that’s what it feels like to introverted me when i speak out about something i feel strongly about. well, my brother hasn’t unfriended me yet….

i love the way the page looks when it is all just clean little lines like this. my next step…who can say it with me? ink & then more ink! yes. i do ink brush shading & tones next. then i finish by roughing up & darkening some of those clean little lines.

so that’s what i’m posting today. the clean page 43 before i ink the crap out of it.

moses jones page 42

when did i last post a page of moses joneslast spring? late winter? and now it is the first day of fall. holy moly.

i’m not sure how i feel about the page. as always, my style keeps evolving. i look back on the prototypes for mojo that i did in my art class…what was that? in the spring of 2013? wow, three years ago. i like the style there. i want to move back in that direction. i don’t like the close-ups and larger images i have done. and i forgot that in episode 2 i indicated something amiss about lucy’s pregnancy…but have not addressed it. and she is still pregnant here and looking fairly comfortable.

this dialogue was written while i was waiting for an “extinction of species” class to start in fall of 2014? i adapted it to include dusty’s return, but i have been waiting that long to get to it. graphic novelling takes some time, y’all. it is a slow process. throw in a dysfunctional relationship, four kids, several changes of address, and a full-blown homestead experience…and wow…it takes forever.

but here it is. page 42. a bit sloppy. susan looks possessed. mj looks like she has had work done. and i tried to use perspective & candle light–both of which i am terrible at. also, i had some blank space, so i put in title, author, & page number on a whim. how do i feel about that? i dunno. and as i write this, i have a sobbing toddler in my lap who is running a fever. but i did finish the page. even if i’m not sure how i feel about it.

also. as i keep drawing this. i wonder about all the shaved & half-shaved heads. do they have electricity? a generator? electric shears? or are they using razors? straight blades? i need to get to the bottom of this.

as a side note, i am reading how to sell your art online by cory huff. i just started it, but i have also checked out his website and started wondering if there is hope for me yet.

thanks for reading my comics!

born in a white town (page 3)

again. i should be scanning these in.

one day i will.

there is a lot of color on this picture. i kind of rushed it & fucked up the color. i had iggy telling me the colors of the rainbow while his colorblind brother told us we were wrong and that there were only like 2 colors in a rainbow. i should have let the ink dry between colors. i should have been more patient…but that could be my epitaph…. sigh.

and i touch on my disenchantment with cooperative living. though i still have hope that it could be a good thing, my one experience with it was pretty traumatic. but all i mention here is how white white white it was in our “diverse” cooperative house.

so, again, main story and side stories.

 

the much anticipated–mostly by me–page 30!!

i didn’t die…or fall asleep…trying to get this page done. i even worked a bit on the next page as well. so, tell your friends, moses jones is alive and well.

the personalities of the squatters are starting to flush out. funny thing about my writing. it kind of takes on a life of its own. i don’t exactly know what will happen or who my characters are. divine inspiration? if you insist. but my stories unfold–seemingly–of their own determination. i’m sure my subconscious has some input. my memories. my neurosis. but my choices seem to me to be influenced by the characters and the stories themselves.

like susan. i didn’t realize that i didn’t like her until i tried to draw this page. i not only struggled with drawing her, but i also found myself wanting to smack her character. i’m pretty sure moses doesn’t like her either. she reminds me of a couple of women i used to live with who seemed to be cool, but when push came to shove, they would go with the pack mentality and turn on you. see, i used to live in a cooperative house–this experience largely influences my interactions with moses jones’s squatters–as i was very affected by my experiences in this house. some good–a lot bad. there were plenty of people who were nice to my face but actually plotted behind my back. so far, the squatters here are a lot more benign than the people they are based on.

and jake. who knew he could be such an asshole? i didn’t actually see that coming. i knew he was a smartass…but in these next pages he shows he can be a real asshole as well. jake, i realized, is reminding me a lot of a guy i knew a long time ago. i have also known people like him since. yes, he can be an asshole, but when push comes to shove, he will get your back in a fight…or help you move your stuff…whichever. jake’s a good guy. these pages paint him in kind of a bad way, but he is a good guy. malcolm, i’m not so sure about. he seems to have a real chip on his shoulder about moses. i don’t know what that is about. that’s what’s so fun about writing my stories–the suspense of discovering my characters and how they will turn the plot….

cheetah is still a bit of a blank page. he might be the yin to jake’s yang–or would it be yang to his yin? i guess we will see about that as well.

and the more i get to know lucy, the more i like her. she’s tough. she’s a good egg. she doesn’t take shit, & she stands up for what she believes in.

page 31 is following close behind. & page 32 is already written–but not yet drawn. exciting stuff!

torn between two lovers…

being a mom & being an artist. is there a compromise?

last night, preparing for a birthday party for iggy who is turning seven, i became very bitter towards dusty who pulled his usual disappearing act. i told him i was stressed out (as a rabid introvert, i hate hate hate throwing parties–but iggy loves people & parties & invited all of the neighbors over for cake today) and that i needed help. he became angry. he wanted to hang out with his brother. he complained about me under his breath all the way out the out the door and then took an hour and a half to tell his brother that he could not hang out with him after all. by that time, i had cleaned the apartment, wrapped presents, done the dishes, and blown up balloons. meanwhile, these half finished pages stared at me, silently, waiting. i feel like dusty gets to do whatever he wants, while i keep house & think about being an artist. dream about it. writing pages in my head as i nurse the baby….

ppbbbtt!

i have page 30 & 31 rough drafted. i found it seems more time efficient to do more than one page at a time. i have page 32 thumbnail sketched. i am exploring the darker side of roommates & cooperative living. or, rather, the petty side. we get to see the ugly side of jake, and more of lucy defending moses jones. meanwhile, i have realized i really do not like susan (maybe that’s why i struggle with drawing her??) and that she might be modeled after a couple of spineless women i used to cooperatively live with–who would talk the big talk, but then stab you in the back. yay, cooperative living.

so i’m preparing for random people, most of whom i don’t even like, to invade my home & eat the homemade pizza, homemade ice cream cake, and homemade cherry lemonade i have slaved over in my neurotic urge to please people i don’t even care for–to be a good hostess even though i hate throwing parties….

ppbbtt!

tomorrow? maybe?

ps. check out this sweet dragon tattoo iggy got for his birthday.

page 30-31 002

weener coop revisited

weener coop revisited

here is the next page of the comic weener coop that i posted pages of back in january?

i tried it with panels & with ink wash paint. i’m not sure. i think i like it better this way. although i did enjoy it when it had no clear panels….

weener coop is based on my own experiences living in a cooperative house. one person i loathe quite thoroughly is represented. others might be collaborations of personalities. the character most possessed by me…would be the zombie, “gert.”  gert’s first comment is in response to something twinkle said on the previous page:

http://apocalypticmama.com/2014/01/24/weener-coop-to-be-continued/

 

i’m not sure about the ink paint. let me know if you have an opinion on it.

moses jones–page 13

moses jones--page 13

i fiddled around with this page a bit. i realized when you can’t see jacob’s mohawk, he could be confused for susan. & moses jones ends up with some weird expressions, leaving me wondering what she is thinking. but i do like how the page turned out. i don’t use a lot of background. i am kind of minimalistic. i did add some to the middle panel when i realized how much dead space i had left. mason jars–the storage of choice (& drink ware of choice) from my cooperative living experience. personally, i think mason jars are most excellent in both categories & continue to use them a great deal even though i am no longer cooping.

if i could spend all day putting out these pages, i would be so zen. it is the most relaxing thing i can do. even fixing my fuck-ups is fun for me.

but, alas, life beckons me & my minions have to argue right on top of me if i work while they are awake.

so, tonight, tonight sweet moses i will work on page 14….

page four

page four

so i’m going to try to keep putting out pages even though they are not perfect. i used the wrong pen size tonight–that’s pissing me off…and my shadowing needs lots of work. mostly, as i said last night, i want to keep practicing. but i also want to get the story moving. so i’m putting up pages that i am not perfectly happy with. however, i am happy to be drawing & writing.
hopefully my drawing & writing will improve as the comic progresses.

this is turning into a kind of journal of a comic. this blog. my journey with my comic…or, my journey as a comic writer…it’s a journey, anyhow…& there is a comic….
(we better be going somewhere with this.)

the squatters

the squatters

so i always tell my kids that if they want to get better at something–they need to practice…& i have noticed that over the past 8 years of being a mom–i have gotten really good at picking up toys & doing dishes (insert sad sigh here)…. but what i want to be good at is comics. so i have to keep moving forward with my moses jones. i am not sure how i feel about this picture. i messed up a few times…i had to stop to put a baby to back to sleep once or twice…my paint brush & i had a few disagreements…and my lettering is crooked. however, i have not put up a new moses jones picture in several days. i thought about putting up more confusion perfume, but then just felt like i was re-running the comic strip “cathy”….

so here are a handful of new characters for moses jones to bounce off of. hopefully as i keep putting out pages, my technique will improve. with confusion perfume & other previous comics, i did “penciling” before i inked. for some reason that process–though prudent–did not suit me. so i do all my pictures with ink first, then some more ink, and i finish with ink. as i joked in a comment on one of my posts, i am used to living with my mistakes. i like the permanency of ink. i never have enjoyed pencils…or erasers. i would rather do a whole page over than to play it safe & pencil the image in first…yes, i live on the edge….

so here is a new page. another roll call page. hopefully page four will not be too far behind. even though it is only like the third week of classes, i have given up on my geography class and can devote more time to my comic…. i wish! i am too neurotic about my grades & about not being the “good student” i always have been (also known as the “good employee”)…. i really do wish i could just tell my geography class to go fuck itself…but i am a bit o.c.d. & cannot do that. so i will daydream about moses jones as i try to read about southeastern asia.