Here are my rough layout pages for the comic “Bitter Cartoonist” (I think I should have come up with a better name).
I first wrote this out with no pictures (not shown) pretty quickly. Revised it a few times and decided I needed to do a rough of the whole thing to see how it would play out. This helped the whole process but in the end it is still not as tight or funny as I had envisioned it in my head. I have sense come up with endings that may have worked better but life is about learning right?
Anyway, I was originally going to draw the whole comic very rough in the hopes I would finish quickly and encapsulate all the energy and timing of the original idea. But instead I created this cartoonist character and drew the whole thing in a very clean manor which is typical for most of my work. But this time I used the previous panel drawings as my rough underneath anytime I started a new panel so I could retain the character design but also push the expressions. At first I thought it wouldn’t work and my drawing would come out stale but later it did work as I warmed up and I think I pulled it off for the most part. This technique is nothing new I just never used it this much in my comics work before. I really like my work to be free from rules and have my emotions/energy I feel the drive the work I do.
Well there it is. Nothing too ground breaking but it can be fun to see how other artist tackle their work.