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Remember the secret project?

Remember the secret project I worked on for Christmas? If you recall, I revealed that it was a comic. Well, I’m wondering if I should do another one. For a birthday this time. I know one of my sisters might be irritated that I keep going off on these side projects and that I’m losing track of the main one. Sorry. But I have an excuse this time, I didn’t bring my main comic, so I wouldn’t know where to work. It was just one of the decisions that I made while packing, that I would leave it home. I’m trying to save as much space as possible while still living comfortably.

The main issue is time. Oh, I’m sure I can find time if I made the effort. The trick is sticking with this goal enough to actually go through with it, despite my attempts to both be a good student and socialize. That takes up time, you know? But I’ve enjoyed visiting people and being visited by people. I figure, it would be nearly criminal not to take advantage of the fact that I live within walking distance of a lot of friends, and there are a number of activities and events on campus that are free.

I shouldn’t have too much homework this weekend. In fact, the hardest thing is going to be coming up with what I want to do for my sociological research.

In the meantime, I’m trying to come up with funny Shakespeare references for my all new secret project which I am announcing to the world. I’m going to laugh at the fact that it’s still probably going to end up being a secret despite me broadcasting it on my blog. HAH!

Another important creater in my life

So you have heard me talk about various creaters, usually writers, who have been important to me. I think I’ve mentioned Dr. Suess and Graeme Base. Those who brought Disney and Pixar into existance are HUGE in my life. I talked about Lloyd Alexander not too long ago. In the music/video world there are The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling and I have enjoyed their work a lot.

Now, I have recently been exploring watercolors. Some of the tones in the demonstrations I saw reminded me of the colors in some of the Calvin and Hobbes works, something I’ve enjoyed a lot over the years. With this thought in mind, I did a wikipedia search of first Calvin and Hobbes and then Bill Waterson (the creater of said comic).

After reading that, I have to say that I think Bill Waterson is… what word can describe it? Mostly, it was reading his comments in retrospect about discontinuing Calvin and Hobbes. He said that he said all he had to say, and if he kept going and repeated himself for another five, ten, twenty years, people wouldn’t be mourning the end of Calvin and Hobbes, they would be cursing a tedius cartoonist. He’s never regretted stopping when he did. And I think that it’s wonderful and amazing that he had that kind of… insight. That he was aware of that. And now I’m grateful that he did stop when he did, even though it is bittersweet and that I dream about reading new Calvin and Hobbes strips (literally, I have dreamt this before). There were other things he did that I respect as well, not allowing merchandicing in order to preserve the spirit of the comic, for instance, and for the way he strived for full paper versions of his comics.

Those comics mean something to me. They were the first comic strips I really read. So I must have first read them when I was… younger than twelve, I’m not sure how much younger though. And it’s fun because as I got older and reread them, I was able to understand the strips I wasn’t able to before and so the strips were still able to entertain me. When I was… thriteen I started writing little comic strips. They weren’t any good. But it was important nonetheless, because in later years I would do more comics/visual novels. So I have to thank Bill Waterson and Calvin and Hobbes for first peaking my interest.

So there’s another to add to the list of important creaters in my life: Bill Waterson, the guy who wrote Calvin and Hobbes. Thank you.

 

 

Quick note about my artwork: Okay, so I’ve been working with the salt glazing. I’ve come to a few conclusions, first of all, I think layering the salt glazing makes it lose a little bit of it’s visual impact. So I’m kinda sad, I feel like I’ve corrupted it. Maybe I’ll do something with it anyway. Yesterday I started a colored doodle, just so that I could work with color on something incredibly simple, yet beautiful, until I come up with a new image to do. I don’t know it I’ll ever finish/post it. I hope to do some brainstorming today. Wish me luck.

 

Sunrise, Sunset

I have just discovered another reason why I like sunsets better than sunrises. The obvious reason is that you have to be awake to see sunrises, and that’s much easier to do with sunsets. But what I discovered today was that sunsets are easier for me to photograph. Where I live, there’s too much stuff in the way over in the east to get a decent picture. In the west, I just need to walk down the bike trail for a little bit, and I can get a clear shot. But there was a lovely sky this morning so…

 

 

Anyhow, still not really in the mood for art, but that’s okay, because I’ve got a few other comissions. One sister wants me to write out a comedy skit for us to perform on Thanksgiving, the other thinks I should work more on my comic. So… all I have to do is be funny. Some people are really good at that. And they should savor that talent, because it’s really very useful in life.

Wish me luck on today’s endeavors.

Some people are amazing + info on my next image

Yesterday I had a pleasent surprise, a visit from an old friend. He was one of our former Home Teachers, but he and his family moved away in 2006 (I think) for military. Sometimes when he is back in the neighborhood, he will stop by and visit. I really don’t know if I have met his equal for cheerfulness and good humor. You can’t help but laugh when he’s around. And instant friend, and always good for a chuckle. And so open too! He was just visiting us for maybe twenty minutes, but he was showing us pictures of his famiy and sharing stories, it was wonderful to see him again.

Some people wow the world with their achievements and accomplishments, this guy make the world better just by being who he is, a happy, funny person who can just put you at ease.

When I was at BYU-I, one of the girls in my apartment complex had a similar way of making the world a better place. I remember when we first met her, my sister and I were walking back from our last classes of the day. And this girl met us on the way back to the apartment. She recognised us from church, and she began conversing with us. As we got closer to home, she asked if we liked homemade bread. Do I like homemade bread? Who doesn’t? So she invited us to her apartment and fed my sister and I homemade bread. And from that day on, she would often invite us to her apartment for food. Which is, by the way, the quickest way to my heart.

I have been incredibly blessed to have many other good people in my life. Family, of course. I love the fact that my older brother still acts as my counciler, even though he’s hundreds of miles away and I only hear from him once a week. And I’ve had great roommates. One of them baked a lot- which naturally endeared her to me. But she was also very helpful to me and my sister. She’s graduated now and I wish her the best in life. I think she’ll do amazing things. Some others… well, some it looks like I’ll be able to room again with 🙂

 

Now, my next image. The challenge was to do a guy. This isn’t really all that hard, I do draw guys you know. But it is hard to come up with something for them to do that would fill up enough of a page to make a good calandar image. Especially since it has to be different than things I’ve done before. But I did come up with something. I even harken back to the old days, when I used to draw dragons a lot. Basically, Drako (the name of the guy I ended up drawing) has a ‘shoulder dragon.’ Back when I was younger, I envisioned a domestic dragon that would hang out on your shoulder, like a parrot might, and that his diet consisted of meantballs- unlike full-sized dragons, who ate pancakes. So that’s what Drako has perched on his arm in this next image. The background has a stone wall in it. I couldn’t help it. I wasn’t sure what to do and… well… I liked the stone wall that I did in the last image, and it didn’t get a lot of response. But instead of taking up the whole background, it’s just a small wall in the back. Something an adult could probably climb over. The rest is hills and a few trees. I’m hoping to create a sort of misty effect as you go further back.

Actually, I was having difficulty with the background. Besides not being something particularly spectacular, I couldn’t find a way to link Drako to the background. See, while Lori was thinking about how all of my calandar images had girls, I was thinking “I wonder if the backgrounds feel to disconnected from the featured female, I don’t want them to look like an afterthought, even though sometimes that is the case.” And as for Drako, or any of my guy characters, he didn’t… shall we say… come with a background in mind. So I had to create one. And then, just before I started coloring, it seemed like I was missing something. It’s hard to explain these nudges. But I thought, ‘What I need is Kimodo in the background.’

Let me explain, I have made up these characters before. There are three siblings, Wyvren, Drako, and Kimodo (yes, I know, theme naming, deal with it). Before you ask, no- I have not written a story with them. All I’ve used them for is a comic that I wrote, purely to entertain myself- so it doesn’t make sense. But the advantage of writing a comic is that it helps you in your art. It helped me learn to draw people in certain positions, and to get better at hands in particular.

Anyway, I was thinking about Kimodo, because I was trying to think more of the story of the image. This has been one of the comments about my art in general that I hope to stay true to, and that is that my images have a story to them. And I didn’t think “This image was to prove to my sister that I can do guys in my artwork” made a good story. But there he is, with his dragon, and a wall and hills in the distance. So what’s he doing out there? Well, maybe him and his dragon are thinking about going outside the wall and into the unknown. And then Kimodo came to mind.

In the comic, the oldest brother- Wyvwren, is the Evil Overlord and Kimodo is going to succeed him. She’s only ten, but she’s preparing to be a world class Evil Overlord. Drako is either ‘assigned’ by Overlord Wyvren to chaparone Kimodo as she goes on her escapades, or Kimodo drags Drako along with her. Drako just goes with it. He likes being out and about and watching over Kimodo, even if he isn’t into the whole ‘world domination’ gig. In the image, she his already behind the stone wall, and is calling to him.