Comic 281 - Sunday Story Time -- Looking Back

16th Jul 2017, 12:00 PM
Sunday Story Time -- Looking Back
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Rachael_Selk 16th Jul 2017, 12:00 PM edit delete
It's Sunday Story Time! Each week I'll post a comic about how my imagination and reality co exist.

I have a pile now of Sunday Story Time comics, and sometimes when I hit a road block I look over my past ideas to help stimulate new ones. This week, I couldn't think of anything so I took a look, and I was just so happy to see the growth from my first Sunday comic to my current ones...My drawing is improving in just half a year! I guess that's what happens when you do something daily... :D
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area5.1 17th Jul 2017, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
It is good to look back on your earlier work and be able to see the improvement. Some are embarrased by their old work and feel the need to revisit it and patch it up somehow, but I think it's good to see the contrast.

I dig the co-exist thing too, you live and breath the thing so much that it does become part of your life.

Do you have the same problem I have, trying to judge how much detail you need to draw? In one way it's a cartoon, so detail isn't needed, but it can improve things visually and be more fun to draw, so I'm starting to add more detail as time goes on. I think the trick is to try and add it where it gives value rather than waste time where it's not needed.
Rachael_Selk 18th Jul 2017, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Yes I do! I'm originally a realism artist, drawing portraits, landscapes and animals as close to real life as possible. It took a lot of grinding teeth for me to be ok with drawing in a less complex style. It wasn't until I looked at it logically for drawing one a day that I knew I couldn't do a detailed comic every day.

That being said, growing in your art is very important! Even like you said, adding a little bit of detail as time goes on is already an improvement. And some days you'll realize that something didn't look right, or you made a mistake...I always say to own it! (even though it's hard, dude, I still struggle with this.) With adding lines to create value, this is something that comes with practice. I recently learned a trick I have yet to implement, but just about thickness of your lines. For example if something is closer to you, thick, bold lines make it actually look closer, and things that are further away are thinner lines, giving it that depth.

One thing I'm doing as often as I can, some weeks I do it every night, but I draw a comic character doing some sort of pose, and I try to make it as detailed as I can...but it still has to be a comic! No fine art pictures!

What I end up with is something along the lines of this:
Dragon and Girl Doodle

It's good practice for comic detail, but at the same time, not going too detailed. And after just a couple of weeks doing a doodle as often as I can, I've already seen better results in my speed, my poses, and my overall style.

Hope that helped! :D
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