22 September 2007

First test - ink and bristol board...

As mentioned previously, I'm restarting an old, almost abandoned, long narrative project but I'm not sure how to do it. So I'm trying out different styles etc to see which I like best. This is my first test, with bristol board and ink. It's very rough and ready and should be regarded as a kind of swatch to help me rather than a part of the story. The main lesson I learned from this is that I shouldn't try and draw a page on an A5 sheet, even if that's how it's going to end up, because it's far too fiddly and just ends up looking really cramped. I was aiming for a slightly messy look but I don't like the cramped look of this. I suppose the photoshop constructed comic page I tried before avoids that but I'm not sure it's me. I am sure that it's very time consuming and unforgivably fiddly doing it all on-screen and I feel like RSI and eye-strain are creeping into my wrists and peepers every second of the way but then again I quite like the results. So the jury's still out on that one. Any lesson is important and valuable and makes the effort and exercise worthwhile. Now on to the next test...

1 of 2 New GoG test - bristol and ink
2 of 2 New GoG test - bristol and ink


A brief note on pronunciation/translation: the very last speech bubble, in the final panel, contains South Yorkshire dialect which may be vaguely familiar if you live in certain parts of the north or if you've watched and understood the movie Kes. In certain parts of South Yorkshire and northern counties generally you might encounter use of thee and thou for you. However, they're not used or pronounced in ways you might encounter in Shakespeare and thou is more likely to be pronounced tha (the a as in hat) and thee thi (the i as in him). For example, 'as tha got time on thi (have you got the time on you). Pronunciations can vary over relatively short distances however. For example, as a child I remember people from Sheffield being referred to as 'deedars', a reference to how they were perceived by us to pronounce thee and thou. Anyway, to translate: 'im - him; thi - thee/your; in't - isn't/is that not; rate - right; cock - a term of endearment similar to mate.

5 comments:

doppelganger said...

Lovely stuff - I am well impressed by your forays into sequential art - I love the usage of space and the confidence to leave blank space to do the work in the uphill struggle - almost adds to it to read it on a blog as one scrolls down that long black hillside - might not work so well on a page, I dunno...

Sequential art produced specifically for blog presentation?, it's thought provoking

My one contribution to the discussion on method is that I can't really imagine it 'working' if you're not enjoying the physical sensation of producing it. I do two stages - the raw fiddling around with a pencil and rubber and the onscreen tidying up and colouring and I find the latter far more soothing - probably because, by that point, you know it's gonna come together - whereas three or four hours on a train to Carlisle doing doodles can either be brilliant if it clicks, or really frustrating...!

Lovely to see sequential stuff.... I been beating my self up on this sciore as I'm too lazy to extend anything beyond a single figure...

Dem said...

Cheers, Doppleganger. I think it's probably fair to say that I have a lot more time on my hands to mess around with sequential stuff than you do and maybe if you had that time you'd make some productive forays of your own. I appreciate your positive feedback because I often worry that I just have variations of talking heads - I know that's the case with the testing thing but it doesn't matter so much there.

There is actually a Belgian guy (whose pen name is the same as my forename coincidentally) who makes comics especially for web viewing - Demian5. I haven't got a link offhand but he's high up in the results if you Google him and Natalie has a link to him somewhere. I keep meaning to go and read it all but never find/make the time.

I think you're dead right about enjoying it - it'd be impossible to build up momentum if you weren't looking forward to what you were doing. I'm beginning to think that a compromise is probably to frames as they will appear, scan them and build pages from completed frames rather than building frames and pages from illustrations as I did with Mighty. Or I could just draw the whole page as I did here, just on bigger paper. I'll keep experimenting and see what comes out best.

marja-leena said...

Love your experiments, and glad to read that it gives you pleasure. Why do it if not, eh? I've heard Yorkshire spoken and it's totally foreign to me so had quite a chuckle over your notes.

Dick said...

Looking good, sounding champion.

Dem said...

Thanks Marja-Leena. The thing about Yorkshire is there are loads of different accents and some of them have been watered down or have almost disappeared completely so sometimes we're incomprehensible to each other as well. For instance, owt or nowt is ote or note in southern parts of Doncaster, ort or nort in Mexborough, about 11 miles away, and owt or nowt (I belive) in Sheffield, another 10 or so miles away. I have a totally unsubstantiated theory that the creep of estuary in the south is mirrored by the creep of 'Coro' in the north - where many people have accents like those on Coronation Street, with elements of Leeds and Manchester, and locating them somewhere on Saddleworth Moor.

Thanks Dick. Sithi yoth, ah'm bah nor means any kind o' expert and ah'm perfectly 'appy to be proved wrong but ah always associated 'champion' wi' that dark satanic milly place on t'other side o' t'Pennines and even thor that place is ornly a few miles down t'rord from weir I am nah, it's norra plaace I reet like to think abaht or talk like.