i've been reading online comics, including cowboys and aliens
(in a sort of car-wreck gawking way ~ and yet this is scheduled for movie production in 2008. it's just loopy enough that it might work, who knows). also, hero
(great art, but sort of airy for my tastes). i should prolly also mention fungus grotto
, which is likewise beautifully drawn, though the pacing doesn't do much for me. and SPQR blues
, which is sort of addictive in its simplicity. finally, for those of you who love the belgian style of comics, rainbow orchid
is fabulous (and can be added to your f-list feed via rainboworchid
though i have posted here a handful of mostly gems, the real reason i've been browsing online comic art is to see what's confidently out there and not quite so great and boy is there tons
of unabashed doodling and scribbling and scrawling, to all of which i have to give great respect in spite of its flaws because those
people made commitments. they created something. they drew it. they posted it.
i spent the week away from In Pursuit of Said Conspiracy
and away from writing for the most part. away from reading as well, as my head is quite full, thank you dr. mitchell, and i'd like a break. instead i have been drawing (yes, that was a cold breeze that passed through hell just now), and i've realized a couple of important things:
1.) my art doesn't "suck", i'm just supremely lazy. even after not doodling for six months since i officially "quit" trying i can see plainly that my work has improved by enormous leaps since 2005.
2.) moomsy is right (natch): this whole "comparing" business is just death on a stick (and not even the fun carny kind, just cobwebs and old bones). in the same way that i can't write like other people, i can't draw like other people. i'm just me and i have to find a way to get along with myself better.
3. you can't get anything done if you spend all your time planning to get it done and none of your time actually doing it.
4. i lack courage (always have).
some of these strike me as "obvious" lessons, but i've always been thick-headed in this department. i also know that i am happiest just "doing" (which is why planning is such a compulsion with me ~ it's always moving forward, but requires only a fragment of the energy of actually creating). planning is also "safe". so long as you are planning, then nothing is finished and nothing is susceptible to criticism. truth is, i can take all the critique in the world when it comes to writing, but one negative word about my art just slays me. this comes from having an artist for a brother, sure, but also from years and years of being asked "why do you waste your time with that?"
if i've wasted time, it was listening to comments like that.
so i drew today. and painted. and made all sort of glorious mistakes ~ in fact, the original piece of artwork from which these panels were generated got mostly destroyed at some point while i was experimenting with backgrounds on it. i feel iffy about the colors, but there you have it and there it is. and let's hear it for the power of digital salvage! ( click me! )
my one disappointment with this is all the work i went through to draw a set of tea cups and saucers on the shelf and it got buried behind the text. how to make effective backgrounds is still a mystery to me.
anyway, so is everyone having a nice weekend?