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a look at the year



I've never had so many deadlines flying thick and fast around me (well, except for maybe senior year at university) and I'm feeling SO tired. So I thought I'd take a break and get a hug from Vern and Lettuce (they're very accomodating that way) and try out my new manga pen nibs. I'm still trying to get the hang of them but I'm amazed at what thin lines they can draw - everything in this picture was drawn with the same nib; cool, eh?

I just had a look atmr_sadhead's post and took on that meme which quotes the first sentence from each month's LiveJournal entry. It does make for a kind of interesting summary of what I've been up to in 2008:

JANUARY: The two clouds and the airship are real, the others I added to the photo because it made me laugh, seeing all these clouds and stars in my living room.

FEBRUARY: I saw Lucy Knisley's post about Hourly Comic Day today.

MARCH: Here's my entry for Matthew Reidsma's High Maintenance Machine contest.

APRIL: I came back from Italy last night to find Stuart had made me a supper of spaghetti bolognaise, which I thought was incredibly sweet of him, and also a slightly amusing choice of food.

MAY: Here's lucky Shoo's shed.

JUNE: Here's a picture I'm working on for my friend knitfish.

JULY: For my morning sketch, I thought I'd try something in this genre since I've never done it before, and it made me laugh at my ineptitude.

AUGUST: This morning I just made a few tweaks to yesterday's tree sketch to see what might happen.

SEPTEMBER: Animal cruelty! But Vern is fighting back (with Lettuce's help, because Vern is not very good with the computer).

OCTOBER: Another day of London sightseeing with my parents: Today we took the bus from Greenwich to Oxleas Wood, then walked three miles through the woodland to a beautiful English Heritage property called Eltham Palace.

NOVEMBER: This picture is for fellow DFC contributor Gary Northfield, who is feeling under the weather.

DECEMBER: I got a bit obsessive trying to find the magic parcel!

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bandersnatch_02
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Are you serious about those lines? The thick chunky lines of Vern's head and the skinny little crosshatches on your dress? Same nib? Holy smokes!
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Amazing, innit! I found the thick lines slightly harder going than with my regular mapmaking nib, but I think I just need a bit of practice. It's pretty exciting being able to do those tiny swirly lines for quite a long time without dipping, and without getting the occasional big dollop of ink.
carrot_rope
Dec. 10th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ooh, lovely! Unfortunately I'm still not very good at drawing with a nib, I think mainly due to my ridiculous left handed style of drawing where I crane my arm right round and over my work, so my hand points back at me!
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that DOES make things difficult!

I'm thinking you must be used to drawing that way because we English speakers write left to right, and you're trying not to smudge the letters. I wonder if you'd be fine if your first language was Hebrew or another right-to-left language. Hmm. Anyway, your brush work looks fab.
carrot_rope
Dec. 11th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you. I like to think my particular idiosyncrasies come to be beneficial with the brush, for the purposes of fine swooshiness!

When I use nibs I can tend to get stuck going one way, and I do end up smudging things a fair amount. Actually, I do that anyway! Damn arm's always getting in the way. I should really ink from right to left, but I tend to do a bit here and there and pencil and ink as I go. The scatterbrained approach!
jabberworks
Dec. 11th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I smudge things all the time, too. It's so annoying!

I think it's good to draw a bit here and there, helps us get a better overall sense of the image instead of getting obsessed with one corner of it and finding it doesn't really work with the rest of the picture. That's the problem with drawing in Photoshop, you have to zoom in fairly closely to get a good line, and then you can't see the image as a whole. Not good, I think.
carrot_rope
Dec. 12th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, I always have my little bottle of white ink at hand! Sometimes I think I spend as much time doing little touch ups as drawing...

I also take a really long time on comic pages trying to balance out the entire thing like a proper composition, so I'm very much with you on the here and there! But I really enjoy doing things that way; I dont think I'd be satisfied doing things panel by panel because I like to have everything overlapping and bleeding in to each other so much. I've never got my head round drawing directly in photoshop for the same reason - I'm always forgetting to zoom in as it is. I feel quite at home in my little corner of photoshop now, but I'm quite wary of these things. People are always singing the praises of illustrator to me but I'm never entirely sure what to do with it. I'm sure one day it will come!

I also badly need some new glasses so I can actually see what I'm doing, I think it could see my drawing improve somewhat!
harveyjames
Dec. 10th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Awwwww @ that picture
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hey, there! Thanks, what's it like being back in the UK?! Where are you based now?
harveyjames
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm on my sister's couch in green lanes, near Finsbury Park. The UK is oppressive, cold and mean-spirited! Well, that's how it seems after living on Love Island, Korea, anyway.
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that's such a big jump! Come to Greenwich, it's very nice down here. (But still cold, unfortunately!) Are you just back for a little while or for a longer stretch?
harveyjames
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm planning to be here for a longer stretch, but we'll have see how this whole 'being a freelance illustrator' thing pans out.

What's the rent like in Greenwich?
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Very high! But I live near there, not in Greenwich, so it's much lower. For better rents, I'd recommend Deptford, New Cross, and possibly Brockley or a little further away from Greenwich, Peckham. (A lot of comics people and artists live around here.) East Dulwich and Nunhead are nice but the rents aren't the lowest there.
harveyjames
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Peckham, huh!
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Peckham's much better than people give it credit for! It has a lot of nice little pockets, a great artist community, lots of varied independent shops and cafes, it's multicultural, and it's not that far from the centre by bus and train. It does have a crime problem, but you get used to locking up your stuff and, I hate to say it, it's way harder for you if you're a black teenage boy because of the gang scene, but most other people don't have problems. It's right next to Nunhead and Camberwell and Dulwich, which are downright twee in parts.
harveyjames
Dec. 10th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'll have a look, thanks!
nice_cup_of_tea
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
what a cute hug, can you send one on loan to Zürich please?
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Okay! :-)
daleof
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Those pens look really nice! I might look around for them!
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Go for it! :-)
mr_sadhead
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Reading through my back entries proved to me a) I link to too many damn Youtube videos, and b) I made some great friends this year.
jabberworks
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hooray! The friends, I mean, not the damn Youtube videos. ;-) I've met so many people through LJ, too, it's been great.

Reading through my back entries makes me hate Flickr. They changed all the photo addresses just slightly, so it broke all my links and I've only had time to fix a few of them. :-P Photobucket's been much kinder.
tasteslikeevil
Dec. 11th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Oh God yeah, the line variance you can get with those manga nibs is so so nice. I don't think I'd ever be able to go back.
jabberworks
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
They're great! I still have to get the hang of the sweeping wider lines, but I'm very impressed with how they do the small lines.
yunni
Dec. 11th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
Holy smokes, with the same pen? :O :O
Wow! Where did Will order them from?
jabberworks
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
yunni
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Excellent, thank you ^-^
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