Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thursday Thoughts

New comic is up. I got complaints that my eyebrows were getting too big, so I toned them down some. Geez, artistic license! It's just a cartoon...

I'm feeling some frustration with my technique this week, well recently I guess. I feel very... imprecise is probably the best word, with my handwork. Very scribbly and sketchy, which to me feels unprofessional, since I know so many really stunning artists who have these incredibly precise, exacting, delicate and detailed lines. Guys like Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Mark Dos Santos, and Trevor Goring, what they do just seems light-years ahead of me - not to mention Feng Zhu and Thang Le.

The problem is that I'm always kinda rushed doing what I do. The storyboards and environment sketches I do at work serve their proper purpose, but they look sloppy to me. Even the few environment paintings are generally a bit rough. The character paintings are the only things that I've done in a while that really look polished. I even feel like the comic could be a lot more crisp and cleanly inked.

Of course, I'm measuring myself against Feng Zhu and guys at that level, who have a lot more experience, but still I feel like I should be able to be more precise and confident with everything I do. It's been bugging me lately, but I'm not sure what I can do, since for the most part I'm working on a deadline and I just have to blast stuff out. Finding time to slow my hand down and focus on precision will be difficult.

Ah well. I'll figure something out.


Anonymous said...

OMG somebody stole that girl's purse in the last panel!

:D :D :D :D

This moment of snark brought to you by TGF.

Unknown said...

not much we can do about the boards and stuff like decorators. The way i view them is just down and dirty jobs. I cant wait till we get the chance to do concept art like the stuff feng and rest of them do. Perhaps that will come with new projects.

Im wondering, is that rough look your talking about, is the pieces off/incorrect or just visually not what you wanted it to look like. I personally prefer the messy style like craig mullins.

Jeff Z said...

Well, it's just the sketchiness. When I look at the precision, the excellent line quality in terms of straightness and "confidence" - this line is exactly how and where it needs to be - of somebody like Feng or Ryan Church, and then at my stuff which isn't there yet, it's a bit frustrating.

I'm pretty sure I can reach that level but somehow I have to slow down my hand and be more focused.