work in progress

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.

moses jones: apocalyptic mama…page 22

here is my latest page of moses jones.  i’ve still got mj on my mind…even though i have been preoccupied with trials of the moonfish.  but here it is nearing the end of the semester, so i am probably going to have to put all my time into my watercolor final (moonfish) and have to wait to do more of moses jones.  maybe i can do some over winter break?  i was going to quit school and become a full-time starving artist…but now i am thinking of becoming a full-time art student.  will i have time to comic then?  one of the classes i am registered for is figure drawing.  maybe i can work some moses jones into my assignments for that class…hmm.

anyhoo, moses jones is a bit depressed.  angry.  bad relationship woes.  no reflection on my own life, of course…merely coincidence….  up coming pages will have more interactions with the minions.

dr. buttons & mr. wright

moonfish 005here is the first (almost) finished part of my final project in my watercolor class.  a story panel from my newest comic in progress “trials of the moonfish.”  here is where gertrude buttons meets harvester wright at a cocktail party.  we don’t know yet why mr. wright is approaching dr. buttons, but i suspect he has a proposal of sorts….

moonfish 004i, of course, find this very amusing.  my six year old keeps asking me what the buttons are for.  i keep telling him that when he figures it out, he should let me know.  i am not happy with the final panel’s portrayal of harvester wright, but at this point, i am not going to re-do it.  i need to do several more paintings before this project is finished and only a few weeks remain of school.

moonfish 007 moonfish 008 moonfish 009 moonfish 010over all, i am pretty happy with this piece.  (this last panel is how i hope to become more consistent with the looks of harvester wright.)

simon starbuckle III

here is the last of the core cast of characters.  a very ambiguous character.  i am not sure of his story–& i don’t think i am supposed to be sure.  i like this about his character.

now i will work on some story lines and background pictures.

ps. i am officially an art major now.

A Most Manly-Man Chin

i kinda went over the top with this version of harvester wright, but i like it.  i had a “Remington Steele” kinda vibe going with him from the moment he was conceived to be the male energy that would offset the female tsunami of professor buttons & her girl, bluejean.  think bruce willis in “Moonlighting”…both or either Simons in “Simon & Simon”…or all of “The A-Team.”  Yes, as a dysfunctional child of the ’80s, I am highly influenced by crime solving men of TV…that oh-so-masculine, aren’t-i-charming assholery of ’80s prime time men.  just look at both of my failed marriages for further proof….

nonetheless, here he is, harvester wright.

he’s not the hero of this story…but he thinks he is.

harvester wright…not quite….

in previous pictures, harvester wright has had a prominent chin.  in this one i did the other day, his chin is relatively small.  he appears more effeminate and not so pompous.  but how do i want him to appear?  smug and confident or thoughtful and a bit sad?  apparently it all has to do with chin size….or my mood when i am painting.  ha!  i am going to try another draft today.  also!  i am going to do a new page or two of moses jones over the weekend.  and on monday, i change my major to art.  i have tentatively registered for a full spring schedule.  my half-time snail’s pace of schooling is driving me slowly insane.  but i need to apply for scholarships because my schooling is also driving me deeper & deeper into debt.

moonfish 034   big chin pictures… art by fin, soy, & me 006

blue jean

gertrude buttons’s girl friday.  blue jean pilots & maintains the moonfish as well as always being there for professor buttons.

probably the character i feel most connected to & who will most resemble my attitudes & quirks.

she’s the coolest one in the cast, of course.

gertrude buttons

i did this just now in my class.  it felt right.  i want her to be severe but not scary.  sexy in her own rights–though not necessarily a beauty.  i still haven’t figured out the plot of my comic…but i have my characters.  and if i did them right, they should help me write the plot.

i have been seriously considering switching from a creative writing major to an art major.  i feel there is so much more for me to learn about art–so much more i want to learn.  i love the idea of spending my days kicking around inside the art building.  also, i feel that art really helps my words come to life & my ideas come to life.  i love writing.  every aspect of it.  but i think i translate better to art.  this may sound shallow, but art offers me the immediate feedback and validation that i crave so badly as a passionately damaged individual.  i feel more at home in art.

though i find i still see myself as a fraud when i look at myself through other artist’s eyes–the same as when i am among other writers.  could be i may never feel genuine until i let myself feel so.

the subtlety of a feature

gertrude buttons2 gertrude buttons3 gertrude buttons4i have been getting very intimate with the features of gertrude buttons’s face.  the size of her eyes, the shape of her nose, the curve of her mouth.  small adjustments make another woman entirely.  it kind of amazes me.  i see one i like, but then i think about writing her character…and it still doesn’t click.  it feels impossible when i look at all the faces.  it also feels like i’m on the verge of discovery.

so frustrating.

but fun too.

she’s starting to look like cate blanchett.  small eyes, lots of eye make-up, a mouth too big for her face, and a nose that says something.  that’s what i am going for.  and is this a face that smokes cigarettes?  drinks gin martinis?  has a black belt in judo?  captain’s an airship?  has a soft spot for giant squid? gertrude buttons5 gertrude buttons6okay–green gown picture looks like she is digging her undies out of her bum…note to self–work on placement of hands.

playing with technique & appearance

art by fin, soy, & me 001 art by fin, soy, & me 003 art by fin, soy, & me 006i am happy with how three out of four of characters look, but i am struggling with the looks of my heroine, gertrude buttons.  i spent last night playing with watercolors and ink and drew so many faces.  after i added thick lashes and eyeliner to my previous picture of gertrude buttons, i felt i was on to something.  i also was kind of satisfied with this picture of her and her co-star, harvester jones.  i just feel i haven’t quite gotten her right.  it has not clicked for me yet.

meanwhile, plots are starting to develop in my head.  i want it to be fantastic, yet real.  which means i need to pull some serious talent out of my butt.

we’ll see how that goes.