I just sent off my 12-pages for a short comic called REFRAME for Love Love Hill's next comic anthology, themed around COOKING + CRYING. It's a bit of a dramatic story, but I think it ends on a positive note! This comic features a mom and son. The mom also appears in It's Getting Hot in Here, while the son is a familiar face from Motivation, Concentration as well as Tie the Knot.
Worlds colliding! Everyone is connected! I'm unstoppable!!
Here's the sketch, inked, and toned version of the first page
Some quick snapshots of my monitor as I was inking
To be honest, I like drawing kids quite a lot. They are usually very expressive, so I get the chance to draw a wide range of expressions and make them say silly things!
Here's a timelapse of some digital inking (done in fire alpaca).
The comic anthology will be debuting at Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 12-13, 2018!
Please look forward to it!
Today's music post: Shine on Me by Chris Dane Owens. I found out that the music video is going to become a full length film this year... I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
I thought I was going to have a less busy season work-wise, but more things got piled on to me than I expected! Every year I tend to destroy a bit of myself for the months of March-April to finish all my comic submissions.Every year I try to stay on top of it so it doesn't get too bad!
I finished my Plant Fever 2 pages in January. The pages are in colour for this issue! It's going to debut at TCAF 2018 in May 12-13. The same garbagey autobio drawings and stories you expect from Life on the Hill, but with added garbagey colour!
A bunch of random panels, in no particular order. My mom's artwork will also be debuting in this zine, which I'm very excited for!
Last week I also did work on some other comics for medical education purposes. Drawing in this kind of squashed style makes it more challenging to stay consistent with proportions, so I find that it takes a lot longer to ink; likely because I'm redrawing/deviating from my sketches a more. These were inked in Adobe Animate because they'll be coloured/animated for the web.
A bunch of random panels, in no particular order (again)
Today I worked on my thumbnails for the 2018 Love Love Hill anthology. The theme is something along the lines of "cooking and crying" and I'm really hitting the CRYING part hard! I have so many pages of crying, haha!
These are the thumbnails in my sketchbook for the first 6 pages. The whole story is ~12 pages!
These are the digital sketches of the same thumbnails
It's always funny to see where I deviated. This time they're pretty similar!
I feel more at ease now that I actually have a story and sketches to go with it. The story will feature some familiar(?) faces if you read my other anthology comics.
I can't remember if I actually talked about this here or not, but I changed my home computer desk to be a stand desk by propping my monitor on top of books (sketchy) and my keyboard/tablet/mouse on top of a bed tray that stands on my original desk. The actual heights are all still a couple inches off to be ergonomic, but I have to say, my wrist numbness has decreased drastically! I suppose the pain is now felt in my feet...
Today's music post: Hopopono by GoGo Penguin!
Finished and submitted the comic for the next Love Love Hill zine, Love Love Heels! It's a pretty short story compared to what I usually cook up.
(Cover WIP here)
Thumbnails in notebook
Larger thumbnails in fire alpaca
Inking in fire alpaca
Photoshop bitmap tones and test prints (600dpi, 70lpi round)
Please look forward to the comic in the fall!
Love Love Hill's next zine is the older lady counterpart of Expired Seafood! I'm drawing a quick short story for it, featuring the characters below. Big thanks to Papermaiden for planting the seed and inspired this story.
One of the characters above originally appeared in the Expired Seafood 1 anthology...!!!!!
We are going to debut it at Lake's International Comic Festival happening October 13-15 in Kendal (UK)!