The 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.
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!
The 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!
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! 😀