Just a reminder that I’ll be on a panel with David Reddick, Byron Wilkins and G Pike tomorrow, Friday 4/24/2015, in Chicago at C2E2. Details here. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!
Jealous of others? Wish you could take back a simple mistake that has ruined everything? Try this time-honored technique! It works for a variety of situations!
“…burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.” Another Blade Runner-inspired sketch. Eldon Tyrell.
Was feeling a bit in a Blade Runner state of mind the past few days, so my sketches have gone that way. Roy Batty, contemplating C-Beams glittering off shoulder of Orion.
Below, a video, featuring NPR’s Ira Glass on creativity and perseverance and why you (rightly) think your work isn’t as good as it should be. There’s reason you look down on your own work, but there’s also something you can do about it. It comes down to narrowing the difference between your good taste and your skill level. It comes down to practice.
This isn’t some simplistic riff on “Practice makes Perfect” because aside from your well-meaning friends telling you to give yourself a break – that your work is way better than you think it is, telling you to to stop being such a perfectionist like it’s a dirty word – none of us creatives are talking about Perfection. We’re not striving for that. It’s unattainable. Perfection is boring anyway.
We’re not pity-fishing, fishing for compliments, or feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re striving to get our work up to a level where it doesn’t make us cringe anymore.
I had a college professor who used to say everyone had 1000 bad drawings in their hands and your job is to get them out as quickly as possible to get to the good stuff.
Ira’s advice will help you with that:
I’m happy to announce that you will now have 50% more Magnificatz in your comic reading diet! New strips starring Sam, Nina and Max will appear three times a week now, instead of just the two.
I could run a Patreon campaign, I suppose (for my non-artist friends who may not know, Patreon is a sort of ongoing fundraising tool frequently used by creatives to try to make a little money for their art). You know, if I get x amount of money per month, then I’ll give you a third comic per week. But it feels like holding the strip ransom in a way, and is yet another thing for me to manage. I’d rather just concentrate on making the best new comics I can.
This Thursday’s comic will bring us to 65 strips, well on the way to my goal of 100. When we get there, we’ll see where we go.
Hope to see you over at Magnificatz.com Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!
OK, so first of all, if you haven’t heard of Matt Smith‘s Barbarian Lord, go aquaint thee. Matt’s art style is sort of a mix of Jeff “Bone” Smith, and Mike “Hellboy” Mignola. Which means it’s as addictive as crack to me. I love everything he draws, and could spend the rest of my career trying to figure out how to do what he does. Also, Matt’s a hell of a nice guy, and even if his Smith-Mignola-Viking-Metal vibe wasn’t enough to win me over.
Here is a piece of fan art I did in a style I like to call “serious comic book artist” mode. I have to say, I don’t care much for it. On my voyage of artistic self-discovery, it may be very late in the game to be discovering the obvious, but there’s something unsatisfactory about it. There’s nothing wrong with it, per se. There’s just not a whole lot right with it. Feels dead to me.
If you’re one of those people who like to see the inking:
This is a redo, in a style I can best describe as “Steve Ogden’s natural drawing style.” I guess this is how I draw. It’s not Watterson. It’s not Mignola. It’s not Smith, neither Jeff nor Matt. But it’s me. And there’s something to be said for that. You know, write the stories only you would write; draw the pictures only you would draw.
Again with the inks:
So, yeah. Don’t forget to go and say hi to Matt. Tell him Barbarian Og sentcha.
Those of you who have paid any attention to me at all over the years have probably come across the fact that I am a huge Mike Mignola fan. For years, that has been expressed by me trying to draw like Mike. I’ve been employed as a commercial artist for decades now, and one of my skills is to match other styles. So I can draw in a style that approximates Mignola. But that’s not the same as drawing like Mike, or being able to comfortably and quickly draw like Mike.
So, then… here’s a Hellboy drawing in my style, not Mike’s. More Pamcakes? No, thanks. I couldn’t eat another bite.
Inking, below, for those of you who like that sort of thing.