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I got a day to draw on vacation. To celebrate, I picked up a new cheap sketchbook. Only on the first page, but off to a good start:
I really need a scanner. Taking photos just doesn’t work!
Artists I was thinking of: Jim Rugg (notice girl’s failed Rugg-style nose shading) and Chris Bachelo, who I’m convinced inspired the B&W boyo there on the left.
One part of comics life that has not endeared itself to me is aspects of the research. Specifically, the research into clothes. Women’s clothing. While it’s an engaging and valid excuse for cruising Victoria’s Secrets catalogues as “research,” it also leads to conversations like:
Me: “What do you call that. Those sweaters with shortened sleeves…”
Me: “Um… you know, like three-quarters sleeves? Do you have any of those? They cut right below the boobs?”
She: “You mean a ‘shrug’?”
Me: “That is a gesture, not a garment.” (Not true, it turns out.)
Here’s a test page of my thesis comic. I went really rough and crazy, just focusing, really, on getting the borders ruled out super-accurately and deciding on the final proportions. I went and inked some of it just to do it, and added text in three or four different sizes from my ames guide to decide how small I wanted to go.
So here’s what my home office looks like. Just at a glance you can see the great Ken Dahl print in the back next to the Pixies poster, the bend-neck lamp I’ve had since I stole it from my parents who’ve had it since the 70s, at least one glass of iced tea (I’ve obviously been doing dishes recently, since there should be three or four more abounding). The desk itself is one of two I now decadently own. When I came to CCS I was drawing on a hand-me-down kitchen table from my Aunt to my Mom to me. This table I got from Morgan on the cheap.