Added 1 new A* page:I gotta go easy on all this microscopic cross-hatching before I kill my wrist. :P Or at least learn to rotate the paper so I'm hatching in a natural direction, gosh.|
I won't be drawing this weekend, though--I'll be putting in some more work on getting the system for selling A* original art online. Here's what a sample "buy" page looks like so far:
So mostly I just have to get the comic displaying script to show a "buy" link for the current comic page if the original art for it hasn't been sold yet, and then I gotta have my little script that listens to PayPal's feedback messages take a page off the market once its original art has been sold. Shouldn't be too tough.
You'll notice the price in that sample page display says $50! I've mentioned $100 as the price for original art before, and I still think that's what the price will be eventually, but I think--I suppose my thinking on this could change before I roll this out, but this is what it is currently--initially I'm going to offer them at the murderously low introductory price of $50 to stimulate sales and cut into the eh going on 300 pages or so pile of original art I've accumulated here in my little apartment since I started drawing them by hand almost a year ago. So if you were considering buying a page before, well now you'll be able to get two! Anyway I think I'll have that ready to roll out within a month or so.
Speaking of A* original art, at my latest art show opening this evening, before anyone showed up I wormed my way into the "graphic novel" aisle of the shop, and what did a find but a cheap copy of Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." I've read it before, of course, but never had my own copy--so now I do! Which is handy because sometimes I'm sitting around thinking "gosh how would Miller have tackled this drawing dilemma" and there really isn't that much that turns up in Google image searches for his art, rather surprisingly. Not that I want to draw like him, exactly, but you have to admit he had some good ideas of how to handle black and white artwork. And overall (I keep telling myself this from time to time but then I forget) I think I should be doing more black and white, and less gray, so a dose of Miller tonight was a good reminder of that. This episode will be getting progressively darker, anyhow, I think.
Oh, and I got the urge to look up Miller on Wikipedia to see if it says what he's been up to since his last movie crashed and burned; it doesn't, but it did have a link to this extremely extensive article analyzing his work on what is probably still my favorite graphic novel: Reading Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. The middle section is a little slow--an almost frame-by-frame analysis of each of the TDKR's four chapters--although it does have quite a bit of his art to look at--but the beginning and end sections, which look at Miller's career up to that point, and the techniques he and colorist Lynn Varley (I don't think I realized they'd married--and then divorced in 2005, an event which some speculate helped precipitate Miller's rather public flameout :P, although...well, enough on that topic :PP) pioneered in order to achieve a print quality that just hadn't been used for American comics before that point--using high quality paper and printers that could capture the delicate line variation of his German inker Klaus Janson, and a color process that could reproduce the subtle hues of Varley's gouache paints--are quite interesting.