Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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5 comments:

  1. Helen looks a bit different here, maybe its the closeups or the anger. But she still looks like Jessica Rabbit ;)

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  2. I need a disclaimer: "Each comic strip is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted product with natural variations that characterize its creator's limited skills and daily mood."

    Sepp, you've hit on something I've actually given some thought to. I have model sheets and think I've done a good job of keeping the characters' looks consistent over time (which is hard to do when you draw them over the course of a year and more). But I'm not a slave to my models; I think you've got to allow yourself to draw in the moment, too. Along the same lines, I have a story outline but I'm not afraid to let the tale wander where it wants for a day or two, as long as it winds up back on the path. I work to get the big stuff right but not sweat the small stuff. It's a comic strip, not an architectural rendering; spontaneity counts.

    What doesn't show up in black and white is that Helen is wearing stockings/tights, which I think makes her look a bit more professional and less cocktail-hour. In designing her admittedly odd dress, I thought about how fashion might evolve in a world that had a Superman. It'd influence everyday things. Helen's puffy straps/shoulder pads are (to me) evocative of Silver Age retro-future costume design like you might find in, say, the old "Legion of Super Heroes" comic book.

    I don't cover the walls of my studio with photos of actors, but I think Helen looks like a young Amy Adams.

    Thanks again for this and your other comments!

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  3. Brian, thank you for the insights!

    Very interesting that the story is not planned out to every last bit. That sounds like a very good way to keep the artist (you!) interested and curious.

    I think it's important to have a "living" line. If you would draw each view of a character as if it were a computer rendering from a 3D model, it would lose a lot of life and spontaneity. You do a very fine job of keeping the characters consistent and still "warm" and interesting. I did some character sketches a while ago, and it is very hard to do!

    Helen somehow gives me a 50s retro vibe... so for me you succeeded with the costume choice.
    And Amy Adams would be a very good fit for Helen!


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  4. I really need to focus on the "today" part of the script but I keep going to back to wondering where the LMM programming is going to go wrong this time. My guess is that Sparky doesn't know about the $20 bill redesign and the LMM rejects everything but maybe a bunch of $1 bills.

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  5. I think Helen looks a bit like Brenda Starr on this page, espevially when shouting.

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