Comic for Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011


Posted November 29, 2011 at 1:00 am
- Fought the wizard

I was originally going to give random girl #2 in panel three of this comic lighter hair, but then I realized how closely she resembled mild-mannered Elliot, which wasn't really what I was going for. That said, I'm obviously aware of the resemblance, but it also wasn't intentional.

Sketchery Approach

Something I've been trying to get myself to do lately when drawing comics is the correct, most basic step-by-step process of sketching characters. When I sketch, it feels most natural for me to draw out the basic shapes and add detail as I go. I'm trying to change this habit, as it's better to completely draw out the characters as minimalistic (but proportionately accurate) stick figures.

The stick figure approach really does make sense, as it's much easier to draw the basis for poses and make corrections, and once that's all in order, it's a lot faster to do the more detailed sketches over them. It's especially easier when sketching on the computer, where I can have each step on a separate layer.

For the record, it's going well. I'm getting faster at drawing poses in general and more complex poses are easier... WHEN I remember to draw out the stick figures in their entirety before adding more detail. Given that my habit is to NOT do that, I often find myself adding detail on the wrong layer without even thinking about it, which isn't the end of the world, but I get better results overall by sticking to the stick figure approach.