can anyone tell me what i am doing that my comics are no longer big enough for this page? wordpress seems to have changed without warning me. i have figured some stuff out…but not enough.
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:
i’m not sure about the ink paint. let me know if you have an opinion on it.
this is the last page of episode one. being a star wars geek, yes, i will call them episodes. episode one is complete. first draft of it, anyway.
which brings me to question: what will the future bring for moses jones?
i am in the beginnings stage of episode two. the end of episode one caught me off-guard. the beginning stage consists of my thinking about it as i try to fall asleep, as i nurse the baby, as i take a shower.
inspiration will come.
i am thinking of doing an intermission comic. something fun as a break–as a change of pace–as a exercise to keep my graphic novelling limber and ready.
that only took forever.
i have fallen out of my groove & really need to climb back in.
moses is finishing up her thoughts on motherhood and zombie fighting as she sits around a late night kitchen table with her fellow squatters in a dystopian society complete with zombies & cannibals.
i need to work on my splatter technique. i want to try using a straw. i envy ralph steadman’s skill with ink & brush. i will have to practice. also…i still don’t know how i feel about my morlockesque zombies, but….
i finally finished a new page!
it’s true. i am afraid of zombies. is moses jones afraid of zombies? we are, of course, not the same person, but we influence each other.
here are my doodles to figure out how to draw the zombies of moses jones’s world. they look a bit more like the morlocks of H.G. Wells. i couldn’t decide about hair. or clothes. they ended up with neither. some hair, which didn’t end up looking like hair. they may evolve from here. drawings tend to do that. we’ll see.
so i didn’t get any pages done last night. i was super tired & decided to have a fight with the ex who was messing up my zen. i need my zen to create. maybe i should get a charm or sumptin to protect me from bad ex chi.
plus my minions are ganging up on me.
tonight…tonight the pages will be tackled.
i am finding it difficult to get right back into the swing of things after being away for a few weeks. plus i’m also trying to catch up on sleep. but a new page or two are in the works & will hopefully be finished tonight.
here is another page of rough draft, scribbles, doodles, etc.
i have been super busy with the last few weeks of school. i will continue to be busy until may 7th when my last papers/stories are due. however, i took a break last night to do this page.
my zombies look more like morlocks or nosferatu…but there is a reason for this which we will get to eventually. i am not doing the trademark zombie for this–but altering them a bit so they work with the story better.
and they’re naked.
also, moses is using a staff instead of her usual katana. i’m not sure she has a katana at this point. maybe dusty will be the dude to train her and then give her a katana. but it is good to be versatile when fighting zombies & cannibals, so a staff it is.
i’m still having a bit of trouble with consistency of character. and i forget to be consistent with shadows as well. i put shadows some places, and not others…. maybe over the summer i will go back over all of my pages and touch up.
i have a ton of homework to do. and it’s in geography which, to me, is scary & hard. so i feel like i should be spending my kid-free time working on that. if i get stuff done, i will have pages up sooner rather than later, but it may be several days before i produce any new moses jones’s pages.
meanwhile, my brilliant eight year old is a fantastic artist with an amazing imagination. he also writes graphic novels. he is often much more productive than i am. he specializes in ocean themed pictures. this is one of his.
i thought it would be neat to put up what can be called my first draft before i draw my comic. i write out the story. figure out how i want the text broken up. then i put it on paper. this is what the writing out looks like. i also use this sheet to check the darkness of my ink. and for this page, i actually did a thumbnail sketch–which worked out nicely. i think i will keep that up. i doodled moses’s tattoo on here as well. mostly, my process is sitting & staring & waiting for inspiration. usually while watching the daily show or arrested development. things will appear in my head as i sits and as i thinks. inspiration, if you will.
failing that, i will lay down & nurse a baby–then inspiration is sure to strike.
as you can see. i don’t do much for a first draft. i prefer the raw look of my comic. if i draw the lines too neatly on the first inking, i go back after the second inking and scratch it up a bit.
i was going to post the previous page of writings & doodlings as well, but my toddler peed on it when i left it laying on the floor for too long.
zombies & cannibals, oh my.
my therapist says it is impressive that i can put out about 3 pages a week while being a full-time mom & a half-time student. i’m not sure how good my pages are, however. i like them, but then when i look at other graphic novels, i wonder how they compare.
i should find out how most comics are illustrated. i know there is a penciling & then inking process, but there has to be more to it to make it look so uniform? research…i kinda suck at research…. my process, as i have talked about before, is ink then some more ink with some ink on top of that. lots & lots of ink. ink pens. ink on brushes. cups of water with ink residue which i try not to mix up my tea & coffee with.
okay, it’s late & i’m babbling on about ink.
even though i do not know how my process measures up–i truly enjoy my process, my stories, and my art. i hope you do too.