Friday, June 13, 2008

work in progress


I've been banging my head against a wall for the last couple of weeks working on a single page of my always forthcoming comic. It's a backup story and I want it to look distinctly different from the main section of the comic, so I've been trying to learn how to draw in a style that isn't naturally my own. Its involved a lot of studying other cartoonists. I arrived on this. It's obviously heavily influenced by Tom Gauld. Tell me what you think. And be honest.

8 comments:

  1. it's beautiful.
    but at first I thought it WAS by Tom Gauld. (is that a good thing?)

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  2. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not. I thought using his style for my own purposes would create a hybrid, but so far it looks just like him. I'm really on the fence about it.

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  3. i like it, but I think right now, it's a little too Tom Gauld rip offy to me. Especially the little dark figures in the hills... I think you can do something in a different style than the other comic, but less consciously. just draw it how you would draw it naturally, it'll look different, I promise.

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  5. I tried drawing it as I would naturally, and it looked EXACTLY like the beauty the boy and the sea, which is why I went for this dramatic style shift. I agree with you that this is too rip offy, but I also like how it looks in a way that I don't often like my own work.

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  6. still looks like u to me! the big tell is jung's face.

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  7. I can definitely, definitely see the Tom Gauld there. And on the one hand, if you're going to wear an influence on your sleeve, that one's a pretty good one to pick. On the other hand, though, I think you probably want to get something that belongs to you more organically. Maybe after you finish this strip you should try, like, a "halfway" approach -- learn from Gauld but don't imitate him? Does that make sense?

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  8. haha, nice. i'm really liking the cross-hatching on this one. especially the bottom left panel. sick, man.

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