Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On Time Delivery.

     I don't expect to be on-time with all I'm setting out to do, which is a lot, but I do think a constant push in trying to achieve all this will result in getting there, maybe even quicker.
    This is based on experience and mostly what has worked for me. I don't recommend it to others.
    It also has a lot to do with what I'm looking to do, and also that I ultimately don't care to be 100% perfect out of the gate. A large part of what I do wish to perfect (over time.) is only accomplished by posting online. I'm a guy, I learn by making mistakes.. not reading instructions.

    What I wanted to chat about here today has to do with a conversation I recently heard. Mentioned was Speed VS Quality. In a way what I'm currently doing falls under speed. I thumb nail a page, I decide its good enough or make changes only in my head.. then pencil and ink. Not a lot of fine tuning or fuss. (though I'm spending a fare amount of time on how it looks online (on-line sizing/ DPI levels, etc. are things I'm figuring out.) Not to say I slap it together but I could clearly spend two days on a page, not one.

    This is my first time attempting the regular production of comic pages, any ones done in the past where mostly sporadic. But it is understood that comic art is a language not an illustration. Although most comic artists of today are some of the finest illustrators of our time! I approach each page as individual camera shots. Linked together they (hopefully) tell us a story. I ultimately wish to be the best of both worlds. As an inker for most of my career my penciling isn't so tight, I'm going with the flow. I thumb nail to grab hold of an image and then pencil it out knowing as an inker I usually tighten images up.. but I find myself wanting tighter pencils to work off of. I'm sure after  few more weeks I may find myself doing just that. If I'm to keep up with my crazy schedule I have to shoot for speed.. part of me realizes a certain looseness is helpful in expressing action and fluidity. Most of my penciling is stiff and I try to breakout of that.

    One of my penciling heroes is John Romita JR, who is renowned for being a bit of a speed demon. Jack Kirby who's work I also love is the same... this is not to say I'll ever reach their status but one reaches.

    So I'm not about to spend too much time penciling, or total time on each page.. I'm focused on completion! Deadlines have always been a sickening, looming, dreadful end to each individual illustration or project over all and its time to give it an overall left hook in the face.

    What's your preference? Speed or Quality?

    I know in the end each page (from a business stand point) represents X dollars, and if you need to make Y amount each month then you need to produce Z amount of pages to survive. But I don't wish to only survive anymore, I wish to Thrive!!!

Here's to making it big,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly posting madness begins... YIKES!

I'm never satisfied, so that's why I renamed my blog!
(Yes, it needs to be tweaked, but I got my list of weekly posts to make... this blog being one of them.)
So from now on Comics or DIE will be my weekly place to chat about making comics, talking about the comic industry or knowing me just about anything!

I hope you will join me, and if you like.. tell your friends.

Let me mention a new community I set up for web comic creators and fans!
Its called simply Web Comics - WEB COMICS Join Now!

If you didn't see yet I got two ongoing webcomics of my very own, Bright Eyes & NEON EDEN

Bright Eyes


I will be doing both in full color, only now they'll be black and white? But WHY Peter, WHY???

Because I have much to learn and practice, going to focus on one thing at a time.. so for now its about getting the scanning process correct. (for best picture size & sharpness.)

That's it for today, got plenty to do... but if you want to ask me something or have a upcoming blog be about a particular subject then ether comment here or message me!

I'll be happy to talk about anything you'd like to read.

So long,