Hmmm . . .on June 9, 2012 at 9:07 am
I’m facing a bit of a dilemma. I’m considering switching from Photoshop to watercolor or marker when I color future comic pages for Starcrossed.
Anymore making a new page is like pulling teeth, not because I don’t enjoy the comic itself, but because I’m just bored with digital art anymore. If you’ve followed my other artwork recently, you’ll see I’ve been doing a lot of watercolor and honestly I enjoy it. The only time I do digital coloring anymore is here.
I’m trying to find something that sets my stuff apart stylistically from other webcomics and there aren’t really a lot of comics done in traditional media anymore. My watercolors have been getting a pretty good response recently.
I’ve always said Starcrossed has been a learning exercise of sorts, this is my first story driven comic, and I still feel like I’m finding my style. I don’t want to settle in on something I’m bored with.
My only hesitation is consistency. It would be a huge departure from how the colors look now so I’m wanting some feedback from readers.
If you want an idea of what my watercolors would look like, here’s some of my sketches. The pics in my sketchbook section are life drawings and took about 10-15 minutes to do, so drawings for the comic would be more cleaned up, obviously. But that’s the gist of it. And most of those are burlesque models, so some NSFW stuff in parts but nothing too explicit.
Anyway, I kind of feel like I’ve made up my mind but still want to know what you guys think.
Also in terms of really artsy comics, I recommend checking out any of Dave McKean’s graphic novels, specifically Batman Arkham Asylum or Black Orchid (Black Orchid is my favorite) if you want to see full on paintings in comic form. He’s one of my favorite artists and his collaborations with Neil Gaiman are brilliant.