13 October 2009

the ABCs of webcomics

so I plowed through my first weekend of hardcore comic-making. as an exercise in self-ass-kickery, I choose a launch date relatively soon, forcing myself to stop dicking around and get my bearings. it worked…for the most part. my observations on webcomicking so far:

  • Webcomics.com and Blambot are awesome resources. it’s great that some of the biggest in the field want to lend a hand with the up-and-coming. very helpful indeed.

  • a tight updo contributes to eyestrain headaches.

  • I’ve written more scripts than I thought, but I need more, always more.

  • the Chicago Board of Trade building is a BITCH to draw in Photoshop. first I drew it by hand, scanned it and tried to ink it in PS. I didn’t like how it looked, so I inked over a couple reference photos instead. not 100% pleased with how those looked either. process: two entire days. I’m not too fond of the straight, clean lines of Art Deco anymore…

  • when in doubt in PS, zoom the fuck in. while doing the CBOT, I got the urge to make a huge banner over my desk that screamed “ZOOM IN, YOU TWAT.” wonder if Kinko’s could help me with that.

  • with “inside time” maximized, I became more domestic than ever. I cooked far more than usual; did my laundry with only a weeks’ worth of clothes; threw out my six-month-old pizza boxes; cleaned the litter box; painted my nails about a thousand times, trying to get rid of bad colors…lengthy drawing periods necessitate many breaks, allowing for small cleaning breaks and other things to break up monotony. the important thing is to not get too distracted by, say, TV or YouTube or vidja games.

  • speaking of distractions, I turned down an invite to a bar. a friend came over to borrow my Internet while hers was down. I mentioned a new place with a good-looking menu (Allagash White and Lindeman’s Framboise on tap? mmm mm!), saying we had to go there sometime. her response: “are you hungry now?” I was, but I politely declined and made my own (scrumptious) pizza instead. this…this will pay off one day.

  • despite basically doing the same things I’d do otherwise on a typical weekend (sitting at my desk, barely going outside, etc), I felt 10x lonelier. I don’t know if it was the constant drawing, listening to podcasts instead of a live stream like last.fm, or not giving myself the option to go outside if I felt like it. maybe I get out of the house more than I realize. this leads me to consider taking on a roommate with similar interests.
now to repeat, ad nauseum.


Lisa said...

Oh gosh, pleeease use the phrase "zoom the fuck in" in a comic.

I think the loneliness of being cooped up with your writing is a pretty common (unavoidable?) side effect. I almost went batshit in the last month of writing up my graduate thesis. A great way to break it up is to go to the Drugstores, even if you just get tictacs ...there's always *something* you can afford, plus you have to talk to at least one person, and you have to move your ass a few minutes to get there -- makes all the difference! (there is my wisdom for you. i offer it despite never having done a webcomic, lucky you.)

geekgrrl said...

yeah.. apparently other web cartoonists try to break up their day, write at a coffee shop, go to the store, etc.. the monotony has to be broken. but at the same time, sure you might talk to a person or two, but not anyone who gets what you do. ... huh, I just described my life right now anyway. bluh.

I think that's why little communes/studios/collectives are popping up now in certain locations. the Internet, she is a lonely place. (it did enable you to find me again, though, so it's not all bad :)

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