Well guys, from here on out updates are going to be floating around until I finish the book I’m working on – in early April, hopefully. Until then, pages could be pretty infrequent – regardless of how much I loooove making Billy (and it drives my artistic betterment in a BIG way, which makes it valuable despite the lack of income it brings in), I gotta pay the bills. And it’s amazing that I can currently do that with my brush. Right now, I have NO idea how often I’ll be able to get an entire page done – they happen to be a decent amount of work. Like, 2-3 days every week. Mainly because they are HUGE.
And they are huge because I am STUBBORN. My comic is damn well going to look like what I want it to. If that means I have to to be on the lookout for new tools constantly, or mix up my own ink formulas, or incessantly berate myself so that I try harder to make the writing or the art better and more appropriate for the world the characters live in, then so be it. Making good comics is more important to me than being comfortable, or feeling good about myself. If I didn’t have such amazing, understanding, and supportive people in my life, I’d probably have some serious relationship issues as well. Thankfully, I’m married to a teacher who happens to be as insane about her career as I am.
Aaaanyway, I think I’m finally going to get around to experimenting with releasing the pages panel by panel while I’m under this deadline crunch. They certainly contain enough information (and work) in each one to warrant it, and it might just be fun. Plus, I think it will help me to still prioritize Billy, and not lose the thread of this storyline. And I’ll be able to update more often. If you follow me on Twitter, or are fan of the comic on Facebook, I’ll be giving updates whenever a new tier drops.
And if it doesn’t work…well, I’ll stop. No biggie.
I don’t like the way Been is interacting with that worm/tentacle thingey. It’s too floaty. No sense of weight. Probably going to give that part another pass. Otherwise, going swimmingly.
Cleaned up a little bit of the new print artwork. Though you might get kick out of this if I document the process a bit. So far all of this is in photoshop: So far my favorite part are the skull teeth on the worm-tentacle-thingey that Been is riding.
Yay for skull teeth!
See, I told you guys I’d post something this week.
Sketches for the book are going swimmingly, and rather fast (thankfully. I’d prefer to not be drawing the whole time I’m visiting with my Army Bro and his family this weekend), so I took a little time to play with the Billy crew outside of the comic. This is what came out:
Look, a picnic!
It’s been a loooong time since I went nuts on an image and just filled it up completely. And even better, I can make some wallpapers and prints using it. It’ll probably be a little while before it’s completed, but I’ll post at least once more this week with an updated image. Probably just cleaned up a bit.
And to think I was originally thinking of drawing Been as Batman. This is way more fun (and more original, too).
This one makes a dozen — I’m actually up to number 14, and will start working on number 15 tomorrow. After that, it’s summer break. I’m definitely starting to get better with color, but I’m still nowhere near adept. I’m just glad that this gives me a chance to get better at it while making a little bit of extra money.
For those of you not in the know, check out the Dartmouth Greenlite Program. You can find more comics (all by friends and acquaintances of yours truly), and see the work they’re doing to raise awareness of daily energy usage. It’s good stuff.
It’s been busy around here lately, so I haven’t been as diligent as I could have been this last month about posting some extra stuff. This ends NOW! At least until I forget again. See that? I covered my butt with that. Because I’ll totally forget again.
Anyway, here’s the next Little Steps.