Art exercise while waiting to move our oldest back to college. Sketching after Ian McQue, who, it turns out, is much, much better at this stuff than I am (that’s his original, top left).
Still, I would so love to do a graphic novel in this style, just pencils. No inks even though I’ve been a professional inker most of my professional life, no color, even though it’s a colorful world and people expect color in their comics. Just pencils and solid writing.
*shrug* I’d read a graphic novel like that. I wish I had time to make one! Anyway, always great to learn from a master artist. Man, McQue makes it look easy.
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“…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!