“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Thursday, March 15, 2007
THE OLD DAYS_update
So back when I used to draw comics for a living (and I use that term very loosely considering I was never really fast enough to do comics as a living) I would painstakingly lay out each an every single page before I actually get to drawing them on the 11x17 bristol that's the industry standard. Some call it 'thumbnails', others call it 'roughs'...whatever - all I know is that I did it too.
Last night, as I'm cleaning out my office to make room for new furniture, I came across old sketchbooks that had my 'layouts' in them. And sweet lord almighty - it hit me why I was never fast enough to draw comics back then. Here now, for your amusement (maybe even amazement), are those roughs that I would later Xerox up to the proper size and redraw again. In essence, as tight as I drew the damn things (and by the way, the size they're coming up on your screen by way of inches is the *actual* size they are in my sketchbook), I went and redrew them...again. Larger, even. I. Drew. Every. Issue. Twice. I look at these now and I'm exhausted! No wonder I was so burned out by the end of every issue! And lemme tell you - there's pages, and pages, and pages, and pages of this stuff! About 6 full sketchbooks' worth! Who the hell drew all of this?! I swear if I could get my hands on a Flux Capacitor powered DeLorian, I'd hit 88MPH, travel back in time to La Jolla, and slap some common sense into myself! I'd say, "We get it! You can f*ckin' DRAW! No one's questioning your ability to put lines down on paper! Stop trying to impress everyone!" Also I'd tell myself to quit eating so much, you fat bastard.
Anyhoo - just thought you'd all like to see what a younger, hungrier version of my work looked like by way of comic book pages so when the new stuff comes out ("What new stuff?" you ask. I'll have panels from it in the next post - I promise) you can rail on me about how I'm not working as hard. Good night all. I'm sleepy.
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