My second riff on Minutemen’s Please Don’t Be Gentle With Me. More about why and for what here.
Trying some typography & collage for this one. Basically made up of stuff I had in my scrap drawer that I keep for the same purpose. My ancient LetraSet transfer sheets are running low on certain letters, so I had to be creative — which I usually charge for, so that’s a freebie for you all.
So I jumped at the opportunity to do a comic for Warren Craghead’s Minutemen tribute anthology, which is going to be great no matter how bad my contribution sucks. There are a bunch of great people working on this that I know of, but I don’t think anyone has been officially announced so I’m not going to spoil the surprise here (or spread false information!).
The deadline is not until early July, so I figured I’d try out a few different approaches to the song I picked, Please Don’t Be Gentle With Me, and I’ll be posting them here as I make them. Now, these are sketches, and I’m trying some new things here, just so you know. I claim the right to post some things that may well be crap, in the spirit of creativity and process. First up, from yesterday:
Remember the crap disclaimer from five seconds ago? Apply at your leisure I always allow myself to start a sketchbook with a bad drawing, to take the pressure off breaking in a blank book. Also, any drawing after that will be better! Same goes for this, I suppose (I hope!).
I’m not sure I’m really going to use the lyrics of the song in the final version (Warren advises against it) but here I liked the way it acts as graphic elements, and lets me play with repetitions. At this point I think I kind of need to lean on the lyrics to find the tone of the song, and the proper visuals to go with it. Whatever, I’m artsplaining now.
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I’d sort of geared myself up to this last entry being something special, if not spectacular. Chalk it down to hubris then that today’s schedule turned out to be entire rubbish, leaving me to draw November’s last comic at 9PM, utterly drained of energy.
Apologies are due to Jacob @anport Ørsted, whose one-time tweet I had already decided to use as a script; it turned out crap, and I’ll have to try it again later. Sorry! The script, as you will see, is leagues better than the comic:
And, for comparison and general ridicule, the comic:
Just a little play with shapes and colours; no attempt at greatness today.
If my drawings seem a bit rougher this week it’s because I switched to a smaller size sketchbook, and the point of my favourite pen has been worn to a stub by my frantic Lost drawing last week. So you know.
Today’s entry is in reply to a Twitter conversation I had yesterday with @FrauLizling. She got so frustrated with her work that she deleted the majority of her blog posts and burned her sketchbooks:
My reply was rather glib (“It’s all I know how to do”) but sitting down with my sketchbook this morning, the question was still churning in my mind. How do you keep working and improving yourself, especially when the world seems to be struggling against you? My answer: