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.
…And, er… also some of the spaces in the kitchen… Look, it was a slow day waking up, okay?!
This needed a bit more work than the sketchbook could bear, composited from 3 sheets (basic drawing + pencil tones and Pioneer plaque appropriations) and coloured digitally.
On the heels of Halloween, it’s time for another round of 30 days of comics. I drew the first doodles in my sketchbook driving home from the art school where I’ve been teaching, and I couldn’t scan them until tody. So, sorry about that.
The first one is an attempt at using coloured lines, inspired by Andrew White‘s work (but don’t blame him, he’s a good ‘un). Since I was drawing on the road, there’s a scatterbrained quality that snuck into the comic. I mean more than usual:
Caught in the corner
This one is a backhanded tribute to a Danish cartoonist who inspired and influenced me when I was a teenager. Rune T Kidde‘s irreverent and visually crude comics was a needed wake-up call to a kid reared on fidgetily drawn superhero fare and French/Belgian adventure comics. Earlier this year I helped publish a musical collaboration between Rune and multi-musician Morten “Umpff” Langkilde, and so had a chance to meet a life-long inspiration.
Rune died on 21 October, and I realised on Wednesday the 30th that I’d missed attending his funeral. I feel like a huge idiot for that lapse, and it struck me again while my train ran through his home town of Roskilde. I was on the fence about adding a big fat sadfaced emoticon to the text, but I hope these lines explain the poorly-formulated context. So,
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:
This is something different from my previous 30 Days of Comics posts in that I was able to collect a 36-page book of yesterday’s sketchbook comics; and in that everything is drawn from visuals in the TV show Lost.
It is also entirely same-old, same-old in the abstractions, the panel grids. Just a bit more rushed, as I didn’t want to cheat and freeze frames!