new directions

just two weeks into school and i am ready to try some new things. something i was thinking of doing anyway which was also suggested by one of my professors, going bigger with my originals. back way back when i first started doing comics, i was a purist and used story boards. i penciled. i inked. i used a printer service to reduce and produce my final sheets…. then when i started moses jones, i started doing it the way i wanted to–not the way the bossy male “friend” comic artists told me i had to do it. i worked smaller & used just ink! ink! ink! but now i am ready to compromise. i even bought one of those blue pencils and am entertaining the idea of using pencils again. maybe….

i used a blue pencil here to try to make a slightly cleaner picture....
i used a blue pencil here to try to make a slightly cleaner picture….

so the last page of episode two will be larger & i will photograph it instead of scanning it. with the help of student loans (i am hoping our education system will be socialized soon & all these loans will be forgiven!) i am getting a new & better camera for art. i also have to get a new laptop. this one has at least four nonworking keys, overheats constantly, moves at the speed of snot, and has no battery life. i have to use adobe illustrator for one of my classes & i was afraid to install it into a dying computer…. so my buy nothing new is a bit conflicted right now because in order to get the drop & spill protection (four kids!!) i had to buy new….

so lots of stuff going on here.

the last page should be done soon! then i will make a second zine & start episode three!

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.