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Art Thugs sketchings

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So I’ve been thinking of trying to write some more Art Thugs comics. Preferably somethings longer than the 10 page ones that I’ve been doing for the tttsnb anthologies.

So I’m in the process of sorting out storylines and reaquainting myself with the characters while trying to flesh them out a bit more. Here’s my attempt at Ro. And for comparison here’s my original sketch of the 3 main characters that I made 2 years ago.

Is there really any change? Hmmm must work harder.

Here’s a song that I’ve had in my head all day for you to enjoy:

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September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

Consider this, hint of the century…

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So I’ve been struggling to try and draw anything for a while, and this old rushed comic which I dug out of my sketchbook seemed to sum things up pretty well.

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July 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

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Thoughts on comics

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So it’s been a while since I posted something. That’s cause of my recent marriage (but more on that later).

I’m here to talk comics!

I recently found this strip by Usamaru Furuya which I really enjoyed.

I like how it plays with your assumption that it’s a drawing tutorial and then it goes on to become a story as the tutor proceeds to make revisions to their subject matter with the final punch line panel being just a desperate plea from the parents as an ad in a newspaper.

It plays with and creates a narrative out of other printed media. It’s something that could really only be pulled off with comics, and that’s what I find exciting. It’s that experimental playfulness.

It got me thinking about some of the really cool visual tricks you can pull off in comics.

I know I hype him all the time but Brandon Graham‘s King City is full of these playful tricks.

Issue 8 is just one big kid’s activity book. Complete with cut out character tokens on the cover. (The cover even has the price sticker left on)

The center of the issue has this beautiful double spread of a gameboard when the characters go off in different directions.

And here he’s added in a comic on the spine of the collected TP. I love this.

Here’s a nice little strip that Scott McCloud showed us when he was down here for Graphic.

Due to the size of the strip I’d just suggest you go to the original source here. It’s totally worth it.

Here the artist explores what can be possible if you explore beyond the box, and expressing it through a medium when all the drawings are incased in boxes is a really nice touch.

And here’s a strip from Tasmanian cartoonist Chris Downes. It’s not apparent at first but you realise he’s got the comic running backwards for his wife who always reads the last panel first. It’s a really nice and clever twist on how you can get time to run differently in comics.

I guess what I’m wanting to showcase here is what can be possible with the medium. A lot of people have this idea that comics are really just a form of movie storyboards. Just showing one action after another. There’s also that habit of writing comics as though they’re for television. And that’s the wrong attitude to take.

Sure you can work to that structure. I’m not suggesting that form of storytelling progression should be scrapped (why fix something that’s not broken). But with comics there’s the potential to play around and challenge with how a story is told, and indeed have a more lasting impact on the reader.

Lemme know if you’ve seen other examples or to discuss about all this.

-Chris out!

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July 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

Fanart Friday 18/05/12

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Drew this after looking at Moebius and listening to 5th Doctor audiobooks.

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May 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

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Fanart Friday

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I’ve been a bit out of the loop when it comes to practicing my drawing. I’ve not been able to get into a regular pattern of drawing ever since I’ve moved into my new place. And I’m noticing that my desire and skill in drawing has been waning somewhat.

Then a conversation with my fellow comics amigo Spae, got me thinking. Fanart Friday!

Let’s all be honest here. Fan art was what got a lot of us drawing in the first place. And even though each of us aspiring artists want to stand on our own merits and creations. It’s not a bad thing to go back and have fun drawing what we love. So what I’m hoping to do is dedicate each Friday to make a piece on something I’m a fan of.

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So I tried to have a go at drawing Tali from the Mass Effect series. I’m in two minds about it. There are things I like and things that I dislike about it. I’m still a little rusty with inking with a brush and I’ve never been that crash with working out light sources when it came to invented poses.

But I’d quite like to hear your critique on it. Tell me what works and what doesn’t.

laters!

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May 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

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Louis meets Jackson

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A little something I whipped up. Louis has a run in with Jackson from my comic amigo Mark Withington‘s Rocksalt. Check his stuff out!

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April 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

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So it’s been a year huh?

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Ok, lets have another crack at this.

 So it’s been a while since I’ve done a proper update on any of my online galleries. That kinda happens when life gets in the way. But I would like to get better in perfecting my craft, and I suppose this is the best way to start.

 Had a blast heading down to Melbourne to hang out with the crew at Squishface studio

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Here’s a quick sketch I did of Brandon Graham‘s Sexica while I was down there.

I’ve been re-reading his collected book of King City lately. It’s like my comix bible dude. You know that one book that changes the whole game for you? It’s the one thing you keep coming back to over and over again if you’re ever questioning why you do something, and suddenly you’re in love with it all over again.

I’ll no doubt come back in a later post to explain my love of the guy’s work. But I’d seriously check the guy’s work out (but be advised it can be NSFW at times).

Back to the sketches again.

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Did this for my old uni mate for her birthday. We came up with this character for a collaborative project. Why this character is special to me is that a lot of the work was done under a considerable ammount of pressure and yet it was a really creativley fufilling time for me.

Also, Kino films!

As of last year I’ve started to attend the Kino Sydney meets. They’ve been really good to me. It’s been keeping me in practice with animation and forcing me to make stuff on the quick. Now I just gotta learn to stop starting to animate 4 days before the meets.

I’m still working out what I want to do with this blog/art journal. So expect to see some chopping and changing with the format. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.

-Over and out!

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April 4, 2012 at 3:03 am