Occasionally at a convention or online someone will ask me what I draw when it is just for fun? I'm asked that, other pros are asked that. I hear other pros say stuff like "everything I draw is fun" or " this next thing I'm working on is really fun"
You know what I say? ...when someone asks what I draw when its just for fun? Ask me... go ahead...ask...
NOTHING...BECAUSE DRAWING IS NOT FUN. Why the FUCK...if I had free time would I waste it...WASTE IT...drawing. Drawing is the most boring fucking thing in the world. You...when drawing...as just sitting, and moving your hand around a piece of paper. that is ONE step from just sitting and staring at a piece of paper. Which is one step away from being dead.
Think about it....if you are sitting at a table alive, or sitting there being dead...there is no real difference in what you are actually, physically doing. SO...you moving your hand around a piece of paper while you are sitting there is one....ONE small difference from being dead.
"Is he dead?!" .."oh...no..his hand is moving, he's alive"
Am I? AM I REALLY?
I fucking hate drawing! I hate it! I hate it! I hate it!
Excuse the outburst...it's been a long winter.
One of the last things I can think of that kinda started out as something to draw because it was "fun" was this...
Of course it took a bit to get to that point. It started, like all LIFE SUCKING IDEAS THAT TURN INTO HOURS OF WORK...uhm...I mean it started out like most illustrations as a small sketch
That is the last time any idea holds even a shred of joy for me...and THEN you refine it. The background was pretty nebulous in the sketch so I played around with a few angles.
I knew I wanted the viewer to be looking up at the monsters so that requires three vanishing points.
In case you don't know what a vanishing point is, just imagine you are looking straight down some rail road tracks...eventually off in the distance the left and right side of the tracks would come together like this
The blue X is the vanishing point.
This illustration needs three.
A point to the left where everything vanishes (comes to a point) in the distance, and point to the right where things vanish (come to a point) and a point up in the air where things vanish ( come to a point)
Normally I put a tack / pin on my drawing table where each vanishing point is and the use any of several 4 foot straight edges.
or in cases like this where a vanishing point is really far away I'll use a centrolineade
( I'll explain how to use that some other day)
anyways...then you get the fucker all figured out
do the final pencils and start inking
OH...I forgot to mention the Airplanes. See those are both tilting and diving so for the sake of them looking so visually, they'll need thier own sets of vanishing points.
and then those are ready...
and eventually it looks like this.
anyways...you can get a whole issue of my comic Arsenic Lullaby on Comixology!
my own website with more of my work is here
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That's all for now...still waiting on the "okay" from some publishers before I can show you somethings I just finished.
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