Randomized Thought Patterns
Submitted by Scott Story on November 3, 2009 - 22:27
Hello, Folks!Â What follows may be irrelevant, but they are certainly my thoughts, and perhaps a bit randomized.
Item: Benita and took our graphics computer to the shop today.Â Itâ€™s getting a RAM upgrade and a tune-up.Â I use that computer so much that the house feels somehow wrong without it here, as if the house were empty of something.Â I await this computers return avidly.
Item: My cat is old.Â Well, heâ€™s sixteen years old, and for many cats that would be no problem, but our cat Neil has had some real health scares this year and heâ€™s had to fight his way back from the brink several times.Â These illnesses have taken a toll on him, and heâ€™s lost a lot of weight and energy.Â I suspect that if you are not a cat owner, this is not interesting, but for me it feels as bad as any of my loved ones being ill.Â I just want to enjoy my cat on into his elder years.
Item: Iâ€™ve been going nuts over Phil Jimenezâ€™s art lately.Â I liked his stuff in Invisibles a lot, but Iâ€™m re-reading Infinite Crisis, and this time Philâ€™s work is really, really impressing me.Â I had heard that he is heavily influenced by George Perez, and thatâ€™s surely one of the reasons I dig Jimenez.Â Iâ€™ve been a real fan of Ethan Van Sciverâ€™s ultra-detailed, absolutely gorgeous work, so finding an appreciation for Philâ€™s beautifully detailed art was not that big a jump.Â Where did this detail fetish start for me?Â Was it Art Adams?Â Somewhere, somehow, I got thrown into the Detail ZoneÃ¹Artists go in, but they donâ€™t come out!
Item: Running a webcomic feels to me like I imagine running a television show would be like.Â Benita and I are constantly discussing and finessing plot points, having deep conversations about the characters and their motives, etc.Â I am always searching for references, working up new color palettes for different locations, designing costumes, acting through the characters, and so forth.Â The fact that the comic comes out on a set schedule on the internet also gives the feeling of producing television.Â Iâ€™ve greatly enjoyed doing this for five years now!
Item: Benita commented that Iâ€™m too hard on myself about the art.Â I think Iâ€™m a pretty decent artist, but Iâ€™m always looking to â€œup my game,â€ or â€œreach a new plateau,â€ and consistently studying and drawing from my favorite art books.Â The Open Studio for life drawing every weekend is part of this drive to improve, too.Â Luckily, Iâ€™m proud of the progress Iâ€™ve made, and Iâ€™m quite excited about the many miles to cover between now and mastery.Â Itâ€™s a challenge, and Iâ€™m up for it!
Item: I think there are two schools of drawing, one I call drawing â€œOutside Inâ€ and one called â€œInside Out.â€Â I could have just as easily called them subjective and objective drawing, or perceived versus structural form, or whatever.Â Iâ€™ve used both methods in my career, as fits my mood and mental acuity.Â Drawing Outside In is essentially doing life drawing from pictures in your imaginationÃ¹If you see the subject, then you can draw it.Â Itâ€™s my guess that Gene Colan is a master of this style.Â Drawing Inside Out, conversely, is building up a figure from its structure on out, layer by layerÃ¹action lines, followed with circling out all the masses, on down to putting clothes on the characters.Â As I mentioned, I use both techniques.Â On days where Iâ€™m really inspired, itâ€™s Outside In.Â Otherwise, itâ€™s Inside Out.
Item: Itâ€™s been said before, but creative people are not valued in our Western culture.Â All the writers I know have to have day jobs, and I think they always will.Â All the graphic artists I know live in humble circumstances.Â 99.9% of all the musicians, poets, actors, dancers, and the like live modestly.Â Sure, there are superstars in every field, but they are the exceptions that prove the rule.Â Iâ€™m not saying anything new or revolutionary here, but I wish I had the answer to change this state of affairs.Â It seems we live in Garrison Keillorâ€™s world, where unemployment insurance is the true endowment for the arts, and life as a creative is a true life of faith, that these brave souls are the â€œlilies of the fieldâ€ from the Bible.
Item: As you may have noticed, this week Iâ€™ve begun rendering the episodes again, not just flatting them.Â I really like the flat look, because it looks all Silver-Age-like, but itâ€™s out of tune with the rest of the story, and would it would be a crime against internal consistency to change. To be honest, my coloring style is in fluxÃ¹Iâ€™m aiming for a simpler style were at most I round out the forms, but for Iâ€™m not there yet.Â I will get there soon.
Item: You may also have noticed that â€œInside the Bookâ€ is back, and we are running it on Tuesdays and Fridays.Â Iâ€™ve got episodes for â€œInside the Bookâ€ posted up through the remainder of the year, and I donâ€™t show any signs of running out of character designs soon.
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