So as you could probably see from my last comic upload, things are looking up!
My friend and my wife both looked at what I was doing as said the same thing “keep it simple, don’t overthink it, or obsess about it, remember it’s supposed to be fun!”
And they are very correct. The fun started to disappear when I started to take this too seriously, and in parallel the results went downhill.
Now I have caught myself, and stopped being so serious about it, I have found the block disappearing and I am back to just creating and having fun.
The re-concept of Didget in that picture was not complete. This was more of a test of inking and colouring methods.
However, in saying that, I do like the skinnier version on the left. So we shall see how this works out.
The line work looks just as neat as I wanted, and the colouring method is simple and quick.
I think I have succeeded in finding a method that is both quick, and gives the results I wanted….at last!
One of the style decisions is about the overall body and hands style.
This is something I think I have now worked out, so I’m tempted to just draw out a few examples of hand gestures (not the rude ones, silly!) to get it set in my mind how these will look.
In fact, gesture practice for each of the characters bodily is probably a good idea.
But of course before that I have to finalise the character concepts.
This is so much fun! I should have done this years ago!
It goes to show how easy it is to give up at the first, second or even third hurdle when doing this kind of thing.
However, when you stick to your guns, get some advice from those in the know, and keep trying, you can get through those hurdles.
This whole thing is a learning process, and I am basically self-teaching here.
So when it comes together in the end, even on a small step along the way, I can get a bit giddy.
So you will have to excuse me feeling a bit happy with myself.