reaching another level

so, this week’s strip is a throwback to the comic strips of March to June 2012.  it was about when Finn had a falling out with a friend and decided to cut him out.  after some growth and maturity, we may realize the decisions we made back then, we would do differently today.  the question is will we correct our past transgressions?  it’s hard and humble to confront our own failings, so no wonder it’s not done very often.

for the artwork, i am pretty happy with that last panel since i drew it with no model or live picture reference.  everytime i do that, the body posture may not turn out right, but it does make it more cartoony, and thus more ‘life-like.’  as fo that second panel, i took that from a a picture of a President pondering out the window.

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what is this all about?

i wonder how many of you all out there have had such a journey or moment n life, when you experienced a new level of insight and self-awareness.  i don’t think it happens too often, but i think you have to both paying attention and open to it, for it to actually change you.  for me, i find myself all too often running between event 1 to event 3 and onward to event 50 before i catch my breath.  but when i do, when i choose to take a moment for myself, boy do i feel great!

it’s back to the “talking heads” type comic strip!  when Watterson had to do these, he’d put Calvin & Hobbes in a toboggan and send them over a hill crashing.  for me, i’m working on body expressions and gestures.  hope you like it!

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home plus some

what it must be like to live by yourself for so long and then be trust into a living situation with another person, and all their habits.  foibles are not, it’s just different and different is hard.  so, what to do?  fight hard to retain the way things are?  or be a passive and let what come may?  like two sides of a coin, the trick is to be a magician and put the coin on it’s edge!  it’s hard, it takes time, but in the end, it’ll be totally worth it.

back to the thick outlines with the thinner pens for details.  what do you think?  should the house be more of a mess?

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so, i’m literally being a bad host right now.  i have friends in town in the next room, with other friends who came to hang out, and they’re all just chilling and watching a game.  that is going on, while i’m finishing up my comic strip which is about being happy at home.  and it couldn’t be more true than right now.  with a beautiful wife, great friends, and all under the same roof just hanging out.  as busy as life gets, it’s these moments that matter.

considering this is a same day drawing and straight to inks background, i’m pretty happy with it!  those trees need to be a bit more detailed though.

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ok, so i get preachy in my comic strips sometimes.  this week it’s that classic lesson to avoid being materialistic and just enjoy the beauty in life.  i say this while i’m typing on my laptop, with my iPad charging while my iPhone streams music to my bluetooth enabled wireless speakers.  am i a hypocrite?  maybe, but i definitely enjoy my amenities and i do try to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.  maybe i need to do the latter more often.

i’m back with another borderless comic strip!  this week’s challenge was to create that sense of them walking through the entire house and arriving at the jaw-dropping gorgeous scenery.  i’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, especially with all of their body languages.  i need to work on the dog’s anatomy and the line variations more though.

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surreal style

every once in a long, long time, life gets surreal.  it’s like you just stepped outside of your normal life into something so weird yet so beautiful.  all you can do is hang out, and enjoy it while it lasts.  eventually, the real world takes over and you’re back to the routine.  not saying it’s good or bad, just different.  look for those moments and enjoy it.

i was going for a trifecta with three strips of no borders, but i broke down and have this one some structure.  i was challenging myself with that first panel and going for that super bright sunlight in the background that gives off that surreal ‘angel’ look while Finn is stunned.  also forgive me on that last panel, i was going for an awesome looking mansion and was winging it!

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INKtober – days 11-15

having survived the first 10 days, i found myself at this point getting more and more complex.  originally, i was aiming for short 15-30 minutes ink sketches.  these were now turning into a full hour to do!

below are the pieces from Day 11 through 15.  on Day 13, i was determined to do a close-up face shot, to further practice my shading skills.  with this piece, i also learned a bit about negative space, or white space, and the power of it.  not everything deserves a line.  sometimes, having it blank says more.  further, i think i’ve been working on my right side of the brain to truly capture what is seen, and not draw what i know should be there.  so, for Day 13, i really wanted to capture the shine from his black rim glasses.

on Day 14, i decided i would shift over to females for awhile.  this would prove to be actually more challenging.  how do i capture enough facial details without making them look old!  i’ve read how every single additional line you draw on a female’s face is like adding 10 years to her age!  so, with Day 14 and Gweneth Paltrow, i found a piece that i can focus on her neck and shoulders!

finally, on Day 15, i tackled Katy Perry and her shiny hair.  using Copic markers, the goal with this piece was to get that shine in her hair, again using white space.


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dirty world

what are we looking for in life?  are we really just trudging through this icky forest in search of something because we feel compelled to?  and then suddenly something jumps in our face and scares the bejezzus out of us?!  some people enjoy the journey, others hate it, and some refuse to participate and plops down right in the middle of the forest.  in the end, this is the world we live in.  and whether we choose to participate or not, the world will continue to exist.  maybe it’s best we all strap on our hiking boots and get dirty.

this week, another continuous and borderless comic strip!  i think i’m using it correctly, since i’m trying to convey a wide open space, thus the lack of borders gets that sense across to the reader.  i also hope i adequately convey that is mud Finn falls into.  lastly, i’ve been on a kick with my technical pens (Copic Multiliners) but i should really get back to brushes, for better line variations.

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INKtober – days 6-10

as you can probably tell by now, i’ve been drawing from Esquire magazine for my subjects.  at first, i just wanted a good fashionable piece to draw from, but then i decided, why not make the entire month of Inktober with some style!

as the days went on, i realized i was working on my ability to shade in ink by varying the thickness, the space between, and the direction of the ink lines.  as you can notice with Day 6, i think it worked particularly well by drawing the lines i the direction the skin contours to.  another takeaway for me was – don’t be afraid to add more detail.  for me, sometimes i get into this mindset that what i’ve drawn is good and i don’t want to ruin it with a line (ink, nonetheless!) that may ruin it.  well, in keeping with the spirit of Inktober and the whole premise of finncomics, i need to experiment!

below are Days 6 through 10.  enjoy.

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INKtober – days 1-5

i first started hearing about Inktober a few years ago from the awesome Skottie Young, when i bought one of his digital books, The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer, that contained 31 inked pieces of art that combined to tell a short story.  apparently, Inktober was started by a guy named Jake Parker, an illustrator and comic book artist who has worked for lots of major companies and movies, such as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic.  the rules are pretty simple – for the entire month of October, produce some drawings at a regular and consistent pace (i.e. everyday, every other day, every 5th day, etc.).  that’s it.

so, this year, my annual art jamm week coincided with October 1st.  thus, i decided to participate.  below, are my Inktober pieces for days 1 to 5.  enjoy, and come back to see how the rest of the month goes!

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