New Tricks For An Old Dog
Two people–in one week–asked me if I was still drawing. I hadn’t seen them since the last charity event, maybe a year ago. When they ask me, they make a scribbling motion in the air as if they were asking for the check.
It isn’t the first time someone poses that question.
Thing is–I don’t know how to answer, so I mumble, uh–sure–yeah. They seem happy–reassured. No idea what else I would be doing, since I would draw even when not paid for it. (half the story of my life)
Late at night, my wife Ruth says goodnight and asks what I’m doing.
Drawing I say, shrugging my shoulders.
Trying Sketchbook Pro, Smoothdraw, Softdraw, Art Rage, Manga Studio, sketching zombies, space probers, German soldiers…everything that doesn’t bring in a dime.
Do the library often, load up with GNs. Occasionally I find a new artist, or a GN I haven’t read yet.
A recent, late, discovery was Jaques Tardi–wonderful, total cartoonist.
Working paperless is like only eating potatoes. Makes me hunger for some of the things that were; paper, pencil, ballpoint, crowquill.
Then I wind up scanning it all anyway, so I can color it, letter it, panel it. It’s all drawing–so–what difference?
Some of the Inner Sanctum book was done in ballpoint, scanned and washed in Photoshop.
One of the formats I go to again and again, is vector. It has a lovely clean look I like–but it is so laborious and so not intuitive. It requires more structure. Doesn’t lend itself to lazy artists.
This is a small experiment in vector I did for a project my partner and I are working on, 3/5ths of a Man, The History of Slavery in America. Would love to do it like this, but I don’t have ten years and I don’t have a team.
It can be done, of course, with tempera–now I think of it. Of course, that wouldn’t have the advantage of vector’s small file size.
Is that relevant anymore? Can anyone tell me?
After the jump, check out several pieces of Ernie Colón’s presented for the very first time.