Added 2 new A* pages:Still light on comics 'cause I finally did some serious catching up on sleep today. :D So I think at least the drawings came out a bit better today than yesterday, eheh. The other thing is that I seem to be spending more time on them, because I'm trying to get the black and white to stand on its own better, so I can use the grays more intelligently, and maybe more sparingly; I think they were starting to be a bit of a crutch.|
One thing that got me thinking about that was a webcomic I found out about over the weekend: "Space" by surlyben, currently running on the front page of his site, Space Pirate Apocalypse. Now get this: his "Space" is a hard science fiction webcomic, in stark black and white, single-panel, widescreen format. !!! Man, this makes me feel so validated, I just can't tell you. :D And I really like some of the things he's doing in his artwork, particularly the long, slender structures, and the very high contrast black and white that eschews backlighting (another thing I've been using as a crutch too much to help define forms); check out how he renders the asteroid on this page, for instance. I was comparing that against some of the asteroids I'd drawn in the past week or so, and realized I'd been slacking on the detail, just slopping grays over low detail black and white--I'd done a more painstaking job with the planet and moons of Lode in episode 8, for instance.
So yeah, its an inspiring comic that's just starting out (the author's been in webcomics for quite some time, though!), give it a look. Not sure where the story is going yet (he's dropped references to "immortal space vikings" or something 0_o) but its already got some really cool space art/atmosphere.