I have been getting back on with comics this week.
Still to find a process I am completely satisfied with. But I do seem to be getting there.
My trade off with digital comic creation has always been spontaneity versus a crisp finish.
Still, I am getting more and more happy with the results. Looking back over my ‘traditional’ comic pages, I may have a go at changing my working page size for the digital work (to get closer to the ‘feel’ of the traditional work).
I had to do some ‘fantasy’ stuff today. I don’t really do much of this nowadays. But I do love creating characters.
The reason I had to do this was that some of my recent character design work was under NDA / confidentially agreements, so I couldn’t use any for a contract I was pitching for. So I created three characters and did basic character design drawings for them.
Last night whilst playing Splatoon (with a drop of red vino) I came up with three names and rough scribbles on my mobile phone. Today I did the drawings above based on that.
Was great fun.
I have more colour on the finished pieces ( the General has a bold red uniform doncha’ know!) – but I love seeing the basic blue drawings together.
I was messing about with layouts and stuff yesterday and did this cover for Nulsh’s Lunchtime Theatre.
Lunchtime Theatre was the title I used for my collected mini short comic strips back ‘in the day’. At that time (around 20 years ago) I had to commute between Glasgow and Edinburgh every day. Up at 5am Mon to Fri. Was pish!
On the commute, which was the train when I was flush, but mostly the 900 Citylink, I would rough up my story idea for that day.
I got in the habit of creating a 4 page strip each time. Which could be a complete strip or an epsiode for a longer strip.
The reason for 4 pages was that I could reproduce each one on a single sheet of A4 via photocopying. Folded to A5 there would be 4 pages.
The origanl drawings were done on 4 individual A4 sheets which I’d swipe from the photocopier. I would draw them on my lunchbreak. Hence ‘Lunchtime Theatre’.
I’d collect the 4 pagers with a card cover and sell them at zine fares and the like, My first collection was titled ‘Hens Teeth’, which I thought was clever until I realised loads of creators had used that before me.
Anyhoo. I am resurrecting Lunchtime Theatre with the strips I have been accumulating in recent years.
An online offering seems to be the way to go – but I do like seeing my stuff printed.