100 Days – 85

Working on the comic is in full swing. I knew I would need more time than usual for my comic work. In fact, I will probably need a couple of hours per panel for the first days, as my digital process for the comic isn‘t settled in yet and even some design questions for the scene are still up in the air. But I will sort things out and it will get smoother again.

You might not actually see it in the final piece, but I really had to work hard for the chapter cover that I uploaded today. From here on my comic takes place in urban environments at night, with few cyberpunk elements to spice things up. Although I did my best to research this setting over the past days, the competence doesn‘t show up on the canvas yet. It has to be persuaded with more effort and studies. I‘m not really good at environments, and that is okay, as everyone has strengths and weaknesses. But I still have to do the best I can, as a comic has to clearly tell you what is happening where in order to work. I need to get at least passable with environments. Ignoring them entirely out of disinterest was a big mistake. They can add so much to a piece, even if the focus is not the environment itself, but a character.

Other than that I‘m slightly worried about my perspective and lighting game. Those are not strong and that is a big problem. They‘re fundamentals after all. Bad perspective = confusion what is where and not being able to draw what you would want to draw at all. Bad lighting = you have no control over the mood of what you are seeing. A BIG problem for a comic! Oh yeah, and objects seem flat, shapes destroyed or misleading or the light just looks wrong when you expect realism, but the mood! Mood! Mood is everything! You do not entertain or win hearts when you cannot tap into the readers‘ emotions at all. I will try to come up with an emergency training program for the next weeks. I want the best comic experience for my readers and I want to present my story the best way I can, so I‘m better getting active and working on fixing that.

100 Days – 81

Today is a special day! I just finished drawing the last panel of chapter 1 of my webcomic! That means, that I have redeemed myself as a creator. I struggled so hard with the 100 days of making comics challenge. Showing up daily was no problem, but I must admit I got nervous after not having to show anything of substance after the first month, despite best efforts. But now I got something in my hand that proves that I can do comics at all.

I gave the scene the ending I wanted it to have, although the moment I’m reading it again I’m doubting it is the strongest or best ending a scene ever got. But I guess this is a problem of the advanced comic creator. When I struggle with basic things such as perspective, consistency in drawing, light and color, and actually finishing a scene, actually finishing it has a higher priority than getting it super correct. It takes time and practise to identify and rectify the problems, one at a time.

I am surprised that my skills are much weaker than I always thought. At the same time I’m not even bothered by it, I will do my best to get better. That must be one of those artist paradoxons – I could not preemptively git gud before I witnessed and felt my shortcomings in doing ACTUAL comic work.
But who likes to inevitably do bad work first? Well, I’m owning everything I did wrong in this chapter. Everything was an important lesson for the future! Sometimes I felt like I will never be able to solve certain problems in my art, but that is not true. It just takes more time and patience than researching about it for one day and draw some exercise pieces.

Today I am very glad I have reached this milestone in my comic work and I’m grateful I have tackled the 100 days of making comics challenge. I recommend the challenge to anyone who is wondering whether they want to get into comics or not. See you tomorrow!