Getting ahead of the page count

How do you think indie comic artists with full time jobs get work done? Often slowly, often in pieces, very often in bursts.

I had a good burst while working full time on the Netflix comedy – coming to a netflix login near you. I would get home from work, fire up the Surface Pro and munch on dinner intermittently while trying to pick up where I left off the night before.

I spent every night – with one exception – working on as many panels as possible, writing an re-writing in the two or 2.5 hours before going to sleep. I never wanted to let the sleep thing get out of hand.

I am actually more than week behind my realy ambitious schedule but considering it took me the better part of a year for the last issue of Pages of Eight, I think I am so far ahead of the page count that I can’t help but celebrate a little.

For me, that means I can grab a burger or some pancakes … then get back to it.

And that’s a half truth – let me explain … to the three of you that give a shit.

I don’t tend to draw for long periods of time. I can burst through certain tasks,¬†for about two hours and then need a break. Often I spend that break doing anything but drawing – looking over copy, checking the next tasks on the upcoming pages, thinking about light and lines (spoken lines, not just drawn ones).

It’s a nice way to manage the demands of being your own editor – whiile I am primarily an artist, I write this book as well so I have to give a lot more time to that side of the process which I feel is the far less labor intensive part of it all.

Even so, I manage to write myself into corners – the crowd shots, the weird angles, lots of times. But I know what it’s worth to me, I know what the¬†way it works.

Off to the drawing board (or Surface in this case).

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Coffee-tober

Inktober was started by an artist and it’s really become quite a new animal. I started using coffee for various reasons, but the biggest surprise is that I have never liked drawing cars and preferred depicting them in cgi or more precise mediums.

The coffee mixture is very simple – a teaspoon of both water and whatever blend is in the pantry and then adding more coffee to darken things up. It behaves very much like regular watercolor pigment with the added bonus of there being a lovely aroma as you ink. Paint. Draw.

I can’t guarantee other blends will have the same coloration – I am actually using instant coffee crystals from Stater Bros. It’s decaf if that matters to anyone, but the bigger issue is that it is far cheaper than ANY pigment I have ever used. I think I can get many times the volume of usable ink out of it than I could ever afford for the same volume of actual ink.

Of course I doubt it can ever go completely black unless I started using a darker blend, a mixture of coffee and real black ink, or combine it with other household pigments to add up to black.

All I know is I really enjoy the final color it leaves and of course the aroma while drawing.

#Morris #Marina, a fine coffee blend ink for #inktober #coffee

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