Added 1 new A* page:I've been doing something silly on recent pages--I've been drawing a figure with detailed interior, spending a lot of time doing hatching and cross-hatching on it, and then finally getting tired of that and blacking out most of it; if I could just go straight to the solid black phase I'd save a lot of time! Here's an earlier stage of today's page:|
I think I often feel like I start drawing in too cartoony of a fashion--and I don't really want to draw cartoonishly, but that just kind of happens because it's easier.
I'm also not drawing quite as I keep imagining I would like to draw, which is this sort of nutty slashing at the paper and carving things out in tapered lines. Maybe I've got that idea from looking at brushwork by Sean Murphy, who gets very angular brushwork somehow. I dunno. But these nice and expensive sable brushes I've been using bend and flex and make squiggles rather than slashes. I suppose I could try diluting the ink a bit and going with lighter pressure on the strokes, but eh then it wouldn't be dark enough.
Anyhoo on G+ yesterday a reader asked if I'd done any sumi painting, and I said no but the ink I used up through the bar scene in the last episode was black sumi ink, which is pretty much like any black pigmented ink really. But that got me thinking about those cheap-ish bamboo sumi brushes one sees at art supply stores, with their really stiff bristles. They don't seem like they'd be capable of really intricate detail work with the rough tips they have, but I've been wondering about them enough that maybe I'll pick one up to play with and see what it does.
Reader Latrans strikes again with his interesting A* inversions; this one is from a recent page that showed an exterior view of some domes on the surface of this planet, Nena:
Switching the black and the white makes it look like something else entirely, doesn't it? :o Well...we won't get to that until later in the episode. ;)