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.
will be up shortly! is right here >>
- being another catch-up post, and a potentially tedious exercise in recycling compositional elements:
So above are the basic elements I decided to work with. As I copied it, Imucked around with the copier settings, so there are certain colour changes in the following transformations: In hindsight, the one thing that I would have done different is to leave the words out of the original, but it wasn’t until I’d put them down that I thought of doing multiple variations. The wording (half quoted from an old Faith No More song) kind of prompted that, and since I’m running low on steam these days I’m taking any chance to cheat/inflate my output.
So I’ve been away from the scanner for a while and have only been posting 30 Days mobile snapshots to Twitter. I’ll have to go back and post proper scans later this week so everything is collected here. For now, here is the day’s work:
A return to form: Trying to squeeze some more images out of the objects in my kitchen Felt tip pen and ink wash. Got me one of those portable Pentel watercolour brush pens, and I filled it with an ink/water solution. Still getting to know it, but I like the possibilities it offers.
So, this wasn’t technically drawn on November 6. What I did do that day, however, was fight off a stomach ache, so there. For those not satisfied with the excuse, I’ll happily go into further detail about the whole chain of events, starting with a thai lunch warmed over one time too many.No, the last picture is not my bum getting off the toilet. What kind of person would even ask that?
I’m playing catch-up on my 30 Days entries, so be kind not to point out the difference between the title of this post and its date…In case anybody missed it, I count James Whale’s Frankenstein movies among my healthier obsessions. This comic is sort of the seed for a story that would reflect the whole creation/creature/creator thing. It’s probably been done before, but I’d rather not know about it
Right, moving on quickly to publish the rest of my back log!
Slightly more modest than yesterday’s three palindrome minicomics, this is also a bit of a copout: I’ve actually tried to get this comic together for a few weeks, but I only assembled the five(!) separate plates today (adding fixups and spare parts). The text is a paste-up of Deftones lyrics — I know, it’s turning into a pattern, right? Since the C’est Bon Kultur In><Between exhibition where I first leaned on the band’s song lyrics for inspiration, I’ve returned to them several times.
Maybe maybe you will see more of/like the comic above. I’ll let you know!