You guys have no idea how hard this was for me to letter this comic. I thought saying these words were confusing, but spelling them!? Ha!
Bill Watterson with Calvin and Hobbes is legendary as far as syndicated comics go, so since this is the last of my mimicking the masters, I saved the best for last. I could go on forever about how awesome Bill Watterson is, but I'll just skip that and recommend you all to read his comics if you haven't.
This week I tried out drawing Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace comic. Some of the backgrounds he draws are so elaborate, it's no wonder he stuck with the one-panel format mostly. It was fun mimicking his style too because I love his use of line weight.
For my first step for experimenting with different formats for my new style, I decided to mimic an old Peanuts comic strip- check out the middle one below to see the original.
Out of the three 'mimicking the masters' webcomic strips I've done, (the other two I'll post in upcoming weeks), this one is my favorite! Don't you think it looks great?! And Mama Cat looks so cute! It felt like the most natural transition of storytelling style, and I've always been intrigued with horizontal formats so the short wide panel size was fun to do for a change.
I loved Charles Schulz's earlier strips because they have a slightly different style that looks more cutesy and simplistic to me. It's more noticeable in the top strip. Okay, maybe it's still subtle. Anyway, this entire book was just of Peanuts strips from the 1950s and I was loving it!
OH MY GOSH- Here it is, the new cartoon style I've been playing with! Do you like it?!
I have been having trouble with getting my webcomic post out each week because it's so darned detailed! Blech. So I sat down with my cute little bunny character design, who I love to draw, and drew myself next to it, and this is what happened. Of course, I'm still figuring it out, but that's what drawing a new comic strip each week is for anyways- practice! (You can see I sort of played with new lettering styles too, hehe.)
For the next three weeks, my webcomics will be imitations of comic strips made by some old masters from the Sunday Funnies in the newspapers. I wanted to try out and see how they used their formatting for storytelling. And since their characters are similar to this new style I'm working with, it should be great practice for me!
Here's the first official post of my new blog category, Blog Doodles! It'll basically be a sketchbook blog post.
My goal is to keep myself drawing, to have fun with my art, and see where my art takes me stylistically.
You know, maybe its name was actually Frank...? Anyway, after carrying him with me everyday, my poor little dinosaur lost one of its legs. Oops.
I have a little announcement to make!
This is the LAST of this drawing style you will see. I decided this because each week I try really hard to make sure I draw these characters just like their real-life counterparts, which is a time consuming task. Also, I tend to reflect that level of detail into the background, which doesn't help the whole time-consuming factor.
So, my journal webcomic is going to start a brand new look to it next week. ...And it's going to be cute.
It's always interesting to look back on your past and realize the similarities between then and now. Like when I first started making plushies in my last year of college, one day I went home and my mom had found a drawing of mine I made when I was young detailing the process on how to sew a Jigglypuff plushie. I had no memory of it until I saw the drawing, and suddenly remembered more plushies I had designed and drawn. I had no idea how to sew then, so I never actually made any, but it was so amazing to realize I was doing something I had always wanted to do... and that I hadn't actually changed much at all.