Exactly a month later, I finish page 9 of 11!
I take forever. I've pretty much accepted that fact as of this moment, but intend to make less of an ass of myself next time.
I got to put my range of 2 mech pencils to work this time round. Remember, I'm using this comic as a test-bed for all my future pencilwork. It's been quite a journey so far. I started with good ol' wooden pencil, and decided they didn't hold their own against a lead-holder. Then, the lead-holder lost out to the truly mechanical bunch.
This is where I've learned the biggest lessons for this page. My 0.5 pencil houses HB lead, and 0.7 2B lead. Which I did not care to swap or re-fit. Essentially, this caused my original sketch of the page to be in 0.5 H. This is of no concern, BUT...out of laziness, i moved up to the 2B 0.7.
0.7 is too thick. And although 2B is what I wanted, the thick-ass lead wasn't ideal for the fine details I so love putting in - especially faces and clothes.
Now I recognise 0.5 is hardly smaller, but it would have helped. Perhaps I should get a 0.3? But those are expensive to refill...and kind of unnecessary. The other alternative is to work on larger paper. But if I was going to do that, I would buy the proper size, and proper artboard...I don't think my budget and skill are worth it at the moment. Or...combine wooden pencil/lead holder with current mech-pencil combo. They can be sharpened to something really nice. I am familiar with running down a mech-pencil until it has some sharp sides, but it's not predictable enough...and I don't like doing it.
OK. Pencil problems out the window, this piece is obviously dominated by the 0.7 pencil. Makes everything too thick and I put the heavier line-weights in just the wrong places. This messes up the perspective shot somewhat, and made the second panel...difficult. Hopefully I can revise this when I ink. I'm so non-adaptive sometimes.
But, I like it. It was a HUGE revision over my original layout (and subsequent developments). It's not a great way of expressing the vision, but it's a way that makes sense.
GRIPES (FOR FUTURE SELF-USE): Elongated people in panel 2 and...forgot dress details in panel 1. Dimensions to things like doors and windows must be put in...and the drain covers...extend them to the pavement ("nearest" drain cover is the offending example here)!
Oh, and I cite
's beautiful tutorial on perspective when I wanted to dream up this perspective.
I write long descriptions
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