Right now my daughter is big into comics and graphic novels geared towards kids. She also reads pretty much anything you put in front of her, so it’s pretty fun! But, tying to explain to her that making a perfect bound 200 page full colour graphic novel isn’t something you can do in an hour has proven to be interesting.
yes, yes, there are ways you can be crafty and make a perfect-bound book at home, but not with the supplies we have during this time of physical isolation. We’re stuck in our house. We’re burning through our supply of printer paper. I wonder if staples is considered an essential service?
I realize it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog-archive, so here’s a new post, with my musings about digital art!
The big thing in this update, art-wise, is the big shift back towards a little cheapie intuos drawing tablet. I say cheepie, but these are going for $100 now? Yowzaz. I’m pretty sure I only spent like $75 on mine. In any case! This downgrade has been a (surprisingly) large factor in leading me to update regularly once again.
Digital art is meant to be convenient. No scanning and clean up, the awesome “undo” feature, copy and pasting, resizing and transforming, not really having to be too careful to wreck something irreparably with poor drawing decisions or coloring, etc. It’s great for comics. And I’ve always been lucky enough to steadily upgrade my drawing setups and software so that nothing technology-wise was ever limiting to what I wanted to make. Super convenient!
BUT toddlers aren’t built for convenience, they’re built to knock things off of desks and pull everything out of drawers and generally just make a glorious mess. That has been a big hinderance to me using all my fancy and expensive digital drawing tools, because the anxiety of me not wanting them to get wrecked has led me to… not draw with them that often.
But the little Wacom is a tough little unit, and i’m not too worried if it gets pulled of the desk and dropped. I lose a LOT of capability with that setup, but it’s not like these comics are redefining digital art, so it’s an acceptable compromise.
Go comics go!
Also- I do fully intend on reviewing some graphic novels I’ve been reading lately. I just want to figure out a good format to do it. So if you’re like me, and you like spending $10-15 dollars on a graphic novel that’ll take you a week to casually read and enjoy, but you JUST DON’T KNOW what to get, stay tuned!
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!
I hope everyone’s christmas was enjoyable! mine was good, lots of family hang-out-times, lots of movies watched and games played. On saturday, i slept in until like 10pm, which was awesome.
So, you know how my original plan was to update once a week during the duration of this story, and then i was like, “nope, twice a week!” well, i think time-wise, i need to go back down to once a week. I am finding that I am slacking on the art to meet the twice-a-week deadline, which is kind of defeating the purpose of this whole story (the purpose being to push the art beyond what i can currently do). SO! Mondays it is. If i have extra time throughout the week, i’ll make the art better or do extra pages, but it’ll still update on mondays.
Do me a HUGE favour! If you like the space-chuck story and you haven’t already, consider who you might share it with! I’m a very readers-motivated comic guy. I don’t get ad revenue or any of that kinda stuff, this is PURELY to make me feel good about myself! FEED MY EGO. you know?
It’s been a lot of fun doing these comics. One huge difficulty I had doing daily updates and gag-a-day comics was that I was running out of ideas, i would usually base them off of something that happened to me that day and after 4 years it was becoming easy to repeat myself, making the same jokes, drawing the same pictures, etc.
BUT! with this, I get to spend more time actually drawing and less time worrying about stuff. It has been fun.
OK! Have a great week everyone! See you on thursday!