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Survey--You, yes, you, need to answer!!!

If I took parts of my lj and morphed them into a comic similar to Derek Kirk Kim's stuff, would anybody read it? Would it actually be of interest to anybody? If I got my act together and managed to do some decent art, would anybody be willing to keep a copy or, heaven forbid, buy one?

I've been working on all these plots and sci-fi crap, trying to find a vehicle for what I want to say, and it isn't working. I've been hooked on DK's stuff for a while now, and it really speaks to me. It's shown me that you don't need science or straight lines to draw a good comic. I was reading his notes on how he draws and his failures and the problems he's had and that's probably the most helpful thing I've ever read when it comes to drawing. I don't need to use the fancy pens if I don't want to. I can use my crappy Hi-Tec V5's if I want. As long as my mind gets on the page somehow, it doesn't matter how I do it. And I don't need to use rulers or inches or compasses. I don't need to use big paper or clean lines. I don't need machines or weapons. It's perfectly acceptable to write about daily life. I can even write about myself. It won't be me, exactly, and I'll change stuff, of course, but I thought that maybe--assuming people would be interested--I might start drawing a comic loosely based on my own experiences.

I started drawing two days ago for the first time in about 5 months and it felt so good. As rusty as I should have been, my pencil stayed sharp and slid smoothly around the page. I wasn't starting from scratch--I was continuing to work on the last drawing I posted here--but the details all came out fairly nicely, I think, and it was fun to struggle over exactly how the goddess's tail fins should swirl and do they detract from the lines of her headdress? and how the hell am I going figure out a background for this? again. I enjoy fighting with my art like that--especially when I'm able to find a reasonable solution fairly easily. If it had been too hard, I probably would have gotten frustrated, but it was good, actually, and although I'm nowhere near done, it's coming along and I think it's pretty--even though one of my students told me in Japanese, "I have no idea what I'm looking at," when I showed it to my 1st-years two months ago.

Before (5 months ago): Image hosted by Photobucket.com

After (yesterday): Image hosted by Photobucket.com

I know it's not much of a difference, but I work pretty slowly. And there was a lot of erasing in there that obviously you can't see. Plus I cleaned up some lines, and there's a whole separate practice page just for the tail. I'm having the worst time with that, but I'm having fun with it, nonetheless.

I went back over some older lj entries today and I kept wondering what was going to happen next in the story, which is ridiculous in both meanings of the word. Which is why I wondered if other people would want to read it, too. It's sort of egotistical for me to say my lj's interesting--of course it's interesting to me: it's all about me! But it got me thinking and, inspired by DK, I felt like it might be a place for me to start. I need something to work on drawing regularly. I decided over a year ago that I'd draw a page a week, which seemed awfully lenient. I think I drew a grand total of 3 and a half pages. Which means that either 2004 was a bizarrely short year, or I reneged on my promise to myself. (Hint for those who were absent: 2004 was standard leap-year length.)

Anyway, off to buy groceries and then hopefully I'll have the energy to post another Hokkaido entry or write about Shinya leaving. ::sniffsniff::

Ugh, I keep accidentally wiping off my eyeliner--it's starting to piss me off. >_


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 29th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)
YES DO IT DO IT!!! I love your art and your life is very interesting, you have to do it!
Mar. 29th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Thank you! I appreciate the enthusiasm! I'll remember your comment when I'm frustrated with the text or the drawings. ^_^
Mar. 29th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
I'd definitely want to read it!
Mar. 29th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yay! That makes three people so far!
Mar. 29th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
as would i :)

oh, and the picture is just GORGEOUS!
Mar. 29th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! With you, I now have four people who are interested. Thankfully I'm not in it for the money! ^_^

And I'm glad you like the picture! (I just hope I get around to finishing it someday....)
Mar. 29th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd love to see how you defeat Godzilla as well as reading about it =)

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