December 10th, 2006
|01:35 pm - "more than the American people could chew"|
Tomorrow night is the last class of my "intro to design class." All in all, it was fun, and I may have learned a thing or two. Not so much specific facts or techniques, but I hope Ive picked up a more critical view of my own work.
Tomorrow night we hand in our "process books" of everything we did over the semester. I'll spend this afternoon cleaning and polishing it all, i think.
As my regular readers know, Ive been thinking about doing a webcomic. There are some obvious pros and cons. I may as well think aloud for a moment:
I really need the practice. Doing a weekly comic would sharpen my illustration skills a lot. If you look at anyone who's done a webcomic for a year or so, it really makes them blossom. There comes a point when you have to stop saying "when I get better" and just make yourself better through disciplined practice.
I could use the exposure. A library of finished, polished material would be good for my portfolio.
it would be fun. And it would keep me off the streets.
Im too slow. Things are slow now, and i seem to have time for this, but I need to be job-hunting. It takes forever to do one of these. Its a fearful comittment.
Its hard on the wrists. Im already wearing carpal-tunnel braces all day and designing my life around keeping my wrists happy. Isnt time I found a hobby that was easy on my hands, since all the work I do is so hard on them?
Anyway, these are things I think about. Meanwhile, here is the first "test" page, which is an idea, more or less, of what a webcomic might look like.
For those of you keeping score, it took all of yesterday (sat) to layout and draw (and I do mean all) and I finished it this morning.
It's OK. the challenge would be to do a lot better.
None of the cons were "But no one would read it!"
Which spares me the trouble of saying I would definitely definitely so read it.
A friend tells me that comics are known for sprouting crazed hordes of fans who make good armies of zealots if you need them, but will turn on you in an instant if you're late with their dinn— with an episode.
You might try some time-saving strategies like templates and I don't know what all because I'm not an artist.
Damn. Tired. Not making sense.
Keeps your creative spirit alive!
Must be updated regularly!
I'm a lurk-y reader of your blog and I don't think I've ever commented before, but this seems like as good a time as any to start.
I love your style of drawing and I think a webcomic would be a great showcase for it. It seems to really fit your particular niche.
That's certainly not to say that you should be in pain, though! I have carpal tunnel syndrome too (I'm a computer programmer) and it's hell. Some advice on hobbies to give up BEFORE you give up drawing webcomics:
Doing the dishes
Sweeping the floor
Carrying your own groceries
It worked for me! : )
A Grumpy Bastard