I’m sorry I have not been updating this regularly, but take this post as a “I’m going to try harder to update more” post. I have been so busy with my projects at school, I just haven’t been thinking about posting stuff on here. So I thought I would give you all a little update on how things are going (and share a few things I’ve been working on). But rather than tell you everything at once, I’m going to take a look back at everything I’ve done over the past couple months and share a little bit at a time over the next few posts which I’ll try do do every day or two. From there I hope to keep up more regularly with at least one post a week. Let’s get this blog alive and well. 😀
Back in late September, I participated in the Comix Workshops at my school. I took one class with Zelda Devon and Kurt Huggins about making comics digitally, and I learned so much from them. Even though many of the concepts they covered I had already been introduced to, they just helped make things click for me that didn’t before (and I am forever grateful to them). They are super awesome illustrators and you can check out their work here!
In their workshop, they had us create a one page comic (mine ended up being two). They gave us a prompt for our stories: “someone going to visit someone who they don’t really want to see”. Zelda consistently pushed strong contrast and values, which you can probably tell from my thumbnails.
From here, Kurt encouraged me to try using more interesting perspectives in my panels. This was really challenging for me, as I’ve never really been good at perspective drawing. And drawing organic things, like trees and animals, in perspective was tricky. Luckily I had a friend pose for some reference photos for me and I was able to get some photos of trees too. Referencing is my new friend… Here are my tighter pencils, though I still kept them very lose.
It was unfortunate that this workshop was only a few days. Given more time, I would’ve loved to have completed this comic, but taking this on top of my other courses just didn’t allow it. For now it has been pushed to the side, but I plan to come back and revisit it: clean up my linework and colour it… digitally of course! 😉 Perhaps a project for over Christmas break.
Stay tuned for the next update, coming to you very soon! 😀