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  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
    Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
    by Scott Mccloud

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Welcome to my Sketch Blog!  Here is a posting of musings on comics and comics news.

Wednesday
Jul042012

Battery Drawings

I have been drawing on my iPad at Dr. Sketchy's for several months now. Last month, I forgot my stylus! I didn't want to draw with my finger. I searched my purse in hopes of finding...a battery. Yes, a battery. A battery is conductive and can be used as a stylus on touch devices. I used a dead battery to draw with at Dr. Sketchy's. There were a few artists surprised at my impromptu tool. I liked the drawings that resulted from the battery drawings. The only difference in drawing with a stylus is getting used to holding a small instrument.

These drawings were done in Sketchbook Pro on the iPad. I have other drawing apps but I am must comfortable using this one.

Have you tried drawing on a iPhone, iPad or android device?

What has your experience been? Feel free to comment below.

Sunday
Feb192012

My iPad drawings at Dr Sketchy's

I used my DIY iPad stylus this past Thursday at Dr Sketchy's. It worked pretty well. I ended up drawing more on the iPad than in my sketchbook. I love the share feature in Sketchbook Pro. I uploaded one of my sketches to Facebook. I even attempted a little "digital painting." I didn't get too far with it, but I am very happy with what I did, though.

Sunday
Feb122012

DIY iPad stylus

I watched a ton of YouTube videos last night on how to make an iPad stylus. So I made one today. It didn't take long to make. It works and I am going to use it this Thursday at Dr. Sketchy's.

Here is the first sketch that I did with my stylus in Sketchbook Pro:

Below is the link to the video that I followed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opm0B1jd19A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sunday
Feb052012

Avenging Spider-Man #3

So I read Avenging Spider-Man # 3. This issue is the concludes the initial story arc of this new book. While at my LCS, I learned that Joe Mad will not be penciling any more issues for this book. I found that to be a little disappointing. I held out a little hope that he was actually returning to a regular book. My hope was lofty and challenged the facts.

So anyway,on with the review. I enjoyed the story. I thought the story was good. I didn't think that Red Hulk died in issue two (I knew he was just down. I didn't think that his death would be taken so lightly. It wasn't made into a big deal.) In this issue, Spider-Man gets Jonah Jameson out of Subterreania. He goes back to avenge Red Hulk. He challenges the Morlan ruler and wins in a way only Spider-Man would. MoleMan regains his kingdom by default.

Spider-Man and Red Hulk get to back to New York and join the Avengers. MoleMan begins another plot against New York.

Overall, I thought it was okay. I think that the story was well told. I am not sure if I will continue reading the book.

Sunday
Jan292012

A Piece of Buried Treasure Inspires Recommitment

Seeing as my studio is set up enough for me to continue to document my work, I dug up a pile of drawings from college. I looked through the old drawings and was pleasantly surprised at the work that I found. I didn't remember making every piece, but the feelings of making them came back. I remembered the classroom and the models and what it was like to be in college studying art. I was so excited everyday! I loved every experience to learn and grow. I know it sounds corny, but I really enjoyed art school and envy thing I got out of it in terms of making me a better artist. I missed those days. I know I can always go back to school and have different experiences, but that time was special.

There was a lot going on at that time. I was able to balance my fine art and commercial art interests. I produced a lot of art during that time and took some risks. My time was focused on making myself a better artist.

The biggest challenge is finding that balance again. A full time job and boyfriend weren't in the cards during college. I have tried several methods for creating a productive art routine. The latest iteration involves spending time in the studio at least ten hours a week. Five hours on Sunday and two hours a day Monday through Thursday.

I can put in the time on Sunday. The weekly commitment seems to the big challenge. I can get in maybe once during the week. Now, that I am writing this, I feel even more determined to get in the studio more this week. I have a few items to take care of this week, in order to get a head start in February.

Please feel free to comment on this or any of my posts. Thanks.