Heya heres the newest panel in The Adventures of Fin & Louie. Try to ignore the writing around the comic. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m back on the road so I’m back down to one notebook for literally everything.
I’m not sure if this interests anyone but sometimes I wonder how much real artists rely on visual references or how closely they follow those references (if they use them). Anyway here’s my visual reference for this panel.
Now before you stomp all over my face and say “YOUR VERSION LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THE ORIGINAL YOU FUCKING FAKER” keep in mind that I’m not going for photo-copy replication. I personally just need visual references for scale/perspective, some texture/pattern ideas, and everything else I just make it up as I go.
Stay tuned, there’s only a couple more panels left in the “Count Rubber’s Keep” arc. I will, someday, re arrange the website so that all the comics are in one place and in chronological order. It’ll probably be close to the end of this story arc.
Also I don’t know if you’ve seen but I’ve begun a video log of my life as a western bound nomad. I’m flying out to San Diego Sunday and today my friend from Thailand offered me a place to stay, so I have a new goal to get out to Thailand by September for my 30th birthday. Who knows, this might be the beginning of my “around the world in who-cares-number-of-days” adventure. Besides, I do have a lot of friends to visit in Europe and Thailand is one step closer back to Europe. I’m pretty deeply optimistic and excited about this whole situation. Thank you to Elaina who inspired me to leave the country in the first place, thank you to Rico for bringing me back to St Louis, thank you to Morgan for inspiration and motivation, thank you Marc for kicking my ass over writing, but most of all thank you Evan for being my rock, god knows I probably would have given up or went back to being a drowning work from home deep sea diver if it wasn’t for you.
Anyway come watch some of my video logs, they’re getting better. Here’s the newest one.
Anyway stay tuned! The next time I post maybe from San Diego. Wish me luck!
Phase 1 complete, Phase 2: Framing (pictures to come)
Happy Halloween from us at Offbeat Onpoint! Have a safe and wonderful holiday.
I’m making a Halloween present for my favourite little dude. What do you think? I’m pretty happy with how the wooden handle texture looks on the axe personally but what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below or share if you liked.
FYI I will be taking Monday off but I will be posting my first St Louis Shines interview with an incredibly interesting and entertaining man, Lucian Storm. Check back in on Halloween for the full interview.
A few weeks ago I did a write up for a cartoonist I found on instagram, Talon’s Treehouse, and I got in touch with Talon and told him how funny I thought his stuff was and we got to talking and which lead to me asking if he wouldn’t mind doing an official interview with me for OBOP and not only did he agree, but he proposed a totally tublar idea: he was gonna animate reading off and answering the questions I sent him. No commitment but we might be ready next Thursday. Here’s the teaser trailer:
This idea was really cool and reminded me of another channel on youtube called “blank on blank”. Their youtube description reads,
I really like the last sentence “The future of journalism is remixing the past.” I think that’s really inspiring, in the way that there were always be an audience for good content even if it is old or lost or once rejected. Then remixing re-introduces cultural icons to a young generation and probably reaching new audiences by turning interviews into animations unique to each personality. Blank on blank is a PBS Digital Center productions and celebrated their 6th year on youtube and have almost 100 videos of stars from all over the spectrum with playlists organizing their videos into writers, actors, musicians, plus a bunch of other categories.
This was one of my first comic ideas inspired from my childhood favourite, Garfield. The specific comic I had in mind was this one.
I bring this up today because I’m working on my final portfolio for my creative non-fiction class. Before starting the revision process I felt like “YEA! I got this, I’m least worried about this of the coursework I have over winter holiday.”
Just replace “FB post” with “writing”.
However looking over my peers’ and professor’s comments, I now realize I’m going to have to re-write everything because when I started the project at the beginning of the term I had a vague idea of what I wanted to say but what was most clear was the stories I wanted to tell. However when it comes to art/writing/creating, intention is everything. We have all, probably, read or seen something where we can recognize that it’s good but we have a doubt as to what the creator is trying to achieve or say. This is something I know I personally struggle with and not to step on 2B or Not 2B’s toes for writing tips, I’m no good at giving writing advice but she is and you should go visit her and see what she has to say, but the one thing I can advise just because I’ve gotten this feedback more often than not is “Why are you writing this?”.
To answer the question, about this post, is to share with you my monkey-touch-monolith moment I had the other day while working on my portfolio.
I stole this phrase from Alton Brown from Good Eats, but this is also an excellent movie and book. 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Apart of the portfolio is a reflective essay describing “why” you do what you’re doing, from formatting to choice of content, and what purpose it’s supposed to serve. Exploring the “why” rather than the “what” is kind of like the next step up from the basic lesson of “show don’t tell” in writing. After writing the reflective essay, I got a greater appreciation for what I was trying to say with my portfolio. Now knowing that, revision will still be a pain but much clearer in purpose because after all if art doesn’t have a purpose, then what’s the point?
How I feel every time I look at my comics’ scores on imgur.