A talking cat and a teenage ghost.

Posted: 26/04/2012 in Update
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When it comes to the comic world I am a complete novice, but like most people I have heard of Marvel and DC comics. Naturally when I started to take more time over my doodles and pay attention to the detail I started to look at the styles used by the artists who draw characters such as Thor and Spiderman. Although people like Stan Lee are undoubtedly fantastic artists I felt like I had to try too hard to get my drawings to follow that style.

I can’t quite remember how I came across it but I stumbled upon a web comic called reMIND. From the offset I could see that Jason Brubaker was a fantastic artist. The way his graphic novel looked instantly appealed to me with his amazing detail and almost dirty textures. The way he composes his pages makes each one a treat to read and visually his style is something I would love to be able to emulate even just a little bit.

During the many internet searches for web comics and graphic novels I kept coming back to Manga. This is something I never really paid much attention to but since looking at it more and more I have realised it is a style that I like and more importantly enjoy drawing. I have also noticed that how many of the kids cartoons I watch with my 3-year-old are influenced by manga art.

As I sat trawling the internet one day I decided to have a look on YouTube for how to draw videos to attempt to improve my skills. The first video was a ten minute affair from an artist called Mark Crilley. His drawings were amazing and the way he explained techniques and styles has really helpful. I think I’ve probably sat and watched all of his videos over the last few months and feel that my artwork has come on leaps and bounds because of him. Mark is the creator of a few published graphic novels but my favorite is Brody’s Ghost.

Between Mark Crilley’s how to draw videos and Jason Brubaker’s hints and tips on his blog I have come to create my own website for my own web comic. I am quite happy to admit that it isn’t the greatest artwork in the world but really I am using this as a way of improving my skills at both drawing and colouring using Photoshop, I am the kind of person who needs a goal to aim for to get things done so what better motivation could I have than creating a website. Although there have been other artists and there will be many more who have influenced me through out this process I aim the most credit in the direction of these two fantastic artists. If by some freak chance either Mark or Jason ever reads this then I hope they take a bit of pride from the fact that they have inspired me to stop doodling on phone pads and actually create something, even if it is only for my own pleasure.

Laters.

Greg

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