24 September 2009

2009/09/24 - Jirou

Yesterday I went out for lunch and didn't realize that the leaves were turning colour until that day. It was very beautiful. Autumn is already here upon us. Can you believe it? A year has passed since I decided to draw more comics.

A few days ago I finished the pencils for OSCP4. It is something like 95 pages. I wonder if how many pages I will have to throw away and whether what I have right now makes any sense at all or not. Comics take so long to do yet they are so easy to read quickly. What takes me several months to produce probably only takes an hour to read at most. How long will it take me to ink all this?! D:

I scanned in and started inking parts of the first page today. Here is a part of a panel. I'm kind of out of practice. Already I feel that the drawing is going to superior to OSCP3 in so many ways. I can't even look at OSCP3 without cringing or thinking about how I would draw a certain thing different. If I start a new comic project someday I want to try doing it in a different style.

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13 June 2007

2005/10/16 Butterflies of the Night

My favorite part of this sketch is the guy making that girl drink a can of some liquid.  Is it soda?  It is juice?  Is it medicine? It is hard liquor?! LOL  Can you guess why this is called butterflies of the night?

I've been so tired recently that when I wake up I have to take a nap after breakfast. D:

Anyway, I realized that my last entry wasn't so clear.
The Ogata book will come out sometime this August!  I'm so excited about it!  I need to prepare a few more materials for the book, but I haven't found the time or the energy to do so.  There's so much to do. >_<;  It looks like there will be five people or more working on the book, so I think that it will be something very wonderful and awesome!  Please look for it when it comes out! ^o^

Also, I realized that I wasn't so clear on how I work.  Usually what happens is I try to immerse myself in the mindset of the characters.  I don't usually write a script because it tends to be very stiff.  What I do is think of scenarios and various ways in which they can play out in my head.  I like to draw funny things, but I don't know if what I do can even be called comedy. Anyway, I run through these situations over and over almost to the point of obsession until I find one which maximizes the situation to hilarity or absurdity (but do I succeed?).

I then think about what I would like to happen on each page and plan out about two or three pages in advance. I also think about what the characters should say even though I never write down the words. I do the pencils in detail the first time, and these are what I use for my inking. I love using the light box, but to use it during the day I have to close my binds in order for the light to shine through well. Recently it's been getting hotter so I try to restrict my inking to the evenings when it's cooler and there's some wind.

Looking at the way I draw comics, I'm not surprised that I can't draw anything epic. Maybe my pages seem to have poor planning and the transition isn't that well done. Still far far far far away from being any good. Yet! I continue to draw. I guess we can't help ourselves!!!

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