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Page 33 is an excellent metaphor for my ability to charm the ladies. You'd think I'd have learned by now.
Speaking of slow learning curves, here's pictorial essay titled WHY IT TAKES ME A WEEK TO DRAW A SINGLE COMIC PAGE:
A single panel can become a prolonged ordeal. An example is the one that follows. An ostensibly simple image: Dale and her uncle walking in single file down a hallway with some expository dialogue. This is the first penciled attempt. The figures are awkward, poorly balanced and out of proportion. They also seem to be floating above the floor that they're supposed to be walking on; that is, if I drew one.
Attempt number two: Dale's uncle looks okay. However, Dale looks more like a misshapen midget instead of a little girl. Also, I don't like the background.
I decide to draw each element separately. Here's a drawing of Dale that, although not stunning, is acceptable.
Then I proceed to pencil a new backdrop:
Here it is, in ink:
Next, I begin lavishing it with details that are inevitably going to be obstructed by characters and word balloons.
Having fun with scissors, glue, white-out and neurotic texturing. Here is the result. (Dialogue removed for this post.)