Sunday, August 29, 2010

ECTOPIARY, Page 39

ANOTHER PAGE OF COMICS IS HERE

I can only offer my apologies for another page of boring dialogue. The characters keep on yakking and not a single punch is thrown. I promise more violence in future pages.
In the meantime, here is an unexpected treat. A good friend brought this to my attention; A tattoo inspired by The Squirrel Machine graphic novel. I'm actually pretty impressed by it and this individual's other work which can be seen here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

ECTOPIARY, Page 38

NEW ECTOPIARY PAGE IS HERE

Intensifying drama on the current page. Maybe there'll be fisticuffs in the next installment!
I haven't much to say this week. Forgive my brevity. I'm drawing lots of things...
Here is the original color cover for Chrome Fetus #5. The first printing sold out rapidly at a zine fair. Unfortunately, my inside connection at Inko's got fired, so I couldn't scam any more free color xeroxes. Hence, all subsequent printings got a new B&W cover.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

ECTOPIARY, Page 37

CURRENT PAGE OF ECTOPIARY SHOULD BE READABLE HERE

Lots of dialogue in the next few pages. I wish it were less clunky. Hopefully, in the future I'll be able to write smoother, more natural conversations. My only defense is that New Englanders do talk in the same rigid, stilted fashion that my characters do. Maybe even more so.
In scrounging my archives, I've found this fun drawing "jam" between myself and Mazen Kerbaj, talented performer and cartoonist from Beirut.

Translation: What is Hans thinking about? "Professional secret."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

ECTOPIARY, Page 36

READ THE NEW ECTOPIARY PAGE HERE

The only remark I can think to make about the current page is that I'm very pleased with the feet in the first panel. Anyone who glances at my sketchbooks or the many pieces of paper about my headquarters will find an overabundance of sketches and doodles of feet in every possible angle. I've studied anatomy books, read numerous art books and done online research, but I can't seem successfully render good feet. The concept of how to draw them recognizably and effectively eludes me. It is only by accident when a decent pair manifests in my drawings. I'm happy to say this is one of them.
In celebration, I'm posting a teaser panel from an upcoming Cochlea & Eustachia strip for the next issue of POOD:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

ECTOPIARY, Page 35

THE NEWEST ECTOPIARY IS HERE.

Although I'm not into experimentation with form or distracting layouts, I try my best to make every page as interesting and dynamic as possible. I try keep the narrative clear, simple and straightforward; and it is evident that my compositional skills aren't always the best. I think this page is an example of one that "does its job." It acts as sort of a link between two (hopefully) interesting events.
It's pages like these that I'd like to improve on, as making these sort of transitional plot lags is a challenge unto themselves. Pages in which something "significant" happens are easy to plot out compositionally (although not necessarily easy to draw). Producing seamless progressions in the plot propulsion is high priority for me. Simultaneously, the look of the page must be as visually pleasing as the rest of the book. I have to confess, the current page kind of falls short of my own standards.
At this point, I do have admit that, yes, I do complain too much about the quality of my own work. I am aware that it is generally considered bad policy to publicly denigrate one's own artistic output. But I do hope that it is understood by my faithful, patient readers that ECTOPIARY is (to me) a worthwhile project that I very much believe in. It is a large book with an expansive scope that I plan on devoting many years to. I do not plan on churning out "crap", and I don't think this book falls into that category.
Forgive the rambling. I am an odd person with not much of a life, and little to fixate on.
This week, I am posting a sequel to my tribute to Hugo Baratta, a man who transferred his visions onto paper much more succinctly than I: