Space Chuck Web: 21

Spacechuck web 21The twenty first instalment!  I’ve been having some fun sketching on my phone (which is why i bought the Note III as opposed to a newer iphone in the fall).  At first, I wasn’t really stoked about it; while it has the same tech as my surface pro, it doesn’t have the apps or the screen size to make it easy to draw on it, and I hadn’t really used it for a long time.  BUT!  Now, i’ve realized, it’s just kinda fun to doodle on it, so that’s what i’ve been doing!  You can see those sketches HERE if you wanna.

 

Space Chuck Web: 20!

Spacechuck web 20

A few more weeks of Space-chuck, and this book will be finished!  Hopefully, if people are interested in reading it, over the years to come i’ll get a chance to flesh out other aspects of the Space-chuck universe, but “Space-chuck PRELUDE” will be wrapping up… and we’ll be back into the daily short-form stuff here on the site.

Every time I change how I do the comic, there are hard lessons i learn.  Here is what I’ve learned this time, doing this graphic novel:
1)  Drawing five pages a week takes more time than drawing three frames a day… seems obvious, but for some reason, i thought doing a comic like this would free up some time for my other responsibilities by spreading out my draw-time over a week instead of once a day.
1.5)  It’s probably not a GREAT idea to sacrifice time and expect a higher level of artistic quality.
2)  From the perspective of the reader and the feedback i’ve gotten: Reading five pages once a week is a lot more difficult for people than reading three frames a day.  Not only that, but expecting people to track with a story, once a week, over the course of a few months, is kind of a stretch if they aren’t used to that kind of thing.
3)  The next time I do a large project like this, It’d be good to see if I have the discipline to release it all at once instead of weekly… that way, even though there’d be a lag in regular updates, people could actually get the story i’m trying to tell.  Could I follow deadlines when no one gets to see the work?  hmm…

 

Maybe i’ll try colour next.  who knows.  Again- thanks for reading!  There’s still a few weeks, maybe a month, left of the story.  As always, you can click the link at the top of the page to read the entire thing!

 

Space Chuck Web 19

Spacechuck web 19The nineteenth instalment!  How fun.  ALSO- it’s family day, here in BC!  WOO HOO!  FAMILY!

This last weekend, we had a youth event called “the plunge”.  Basically, we play a bunch of games, eat a lot of pizza, rent a pool, get slurpees, good times.  Normally, it is a ski trip as well, but because there ain’t no dang’ed snow, skiing would be difficult.  this is our third time doing the plunge, the first time without skiing… and I think it is the most tired i’ve actually ever been, even without the all nighter and the skiing!  Which confirms what i’ve suspected: i’m getting older.

If you have tumblr and want to see my sketchin’s, head on over to robshauf.tumblr.com!  i used to post my old charlie and the ghost comics on tumblr, and stopped to move over to wordpress.

it’s weird… I have a phobia of posting anything on this “charlie and the ghost” site that isn’t charlie and the ghost.  It’s like… I have a way easier time sketching on the side of a notebook than i do in a sketchbook.  It’s the same kind of thing.  So!  I will post my sketches on tumblr, because it isn’t here. haha!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Space Chuck Web: 18

Spacechuck web 18

The eighteenth instalment!  which brings us up to page 98.

Thankyou for sticking with me through this science fiction’d adventure!  I’ve learned a lot through making something more intentionally long-form and story-driven.

Here are the good things i’ve learned:

1)  It’s good to map the story out and stick to the map.
2)  writing a map and not a script helps keep it fun to write the dialogue week-to-week
3)  drawing it per page instead of per three frames makes for a lot more options
4)  science fiction is great, i feel like i don’t have to explain everything.

Here are things i’ve found to be difficult:

1)  I’m not drawing every day anymore…  I just save it all until the end and cram
2)  I’m not spending extra time to work on the art, because i don’t have enough time

So!  Space-chuck has been fun.  If you’re one of the few readers who stuck around to indulge me in my little science-fiction-fantasy, from the bottom of my heart, thankyou!  It’s nice to do something different once in a while!  😀