Friday, August 19, 2005

Experiments desk returns

I am still contemplating the artistic process but people have written some very kind and supportive things. I'll just do whatever I feel like and let my freak flag fly, things should be okay.

I redrew an old Bobbins strip from 2001 just for practice, I post it here purely for curiosity's sake.

14 comments:

Blib said...

POING

Piels said...

Gee, Mr. A, that's some nice drawring. I don't know why, but this one just seems much happier than the original.

On the other hand, I am not expert on artwork-based psychoanalysis. The seemingly relaxed curves of this drawing may be a product of fury and paranoia.

Journal of Lies said...

Future artwork in this newfangled, cutting-edge, "hand drawn" style, would not be unwelcome.

Each style you've shown to us has elements I like, even if they're completely contradictory.

I think the appeal of your art style transcends some of the differences various media tends to cause. What's good about your expressions and poses would probably still be good in stick figures drawn in crayon.

Well that may be somewhat of a stretch.

And the art is only half the appeal, of coruse....

Luke said...

Hmmmmmmm.

Tis nice. But tis not yet a vector-killer. The colouring is very nicely handled though!

m!ke said...

i'm not much by way of "sophisticated" or "competent" however, i've got things such as "passable for conscious" and "continent" going for me, so how's this angle...
what about vectored backgrounds and vehicles, and handdrawn characters? because i have to say, the handdrawn characters have so much MORE to them. expression, life, vitality, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will.

John A said...

Mike, can you imagine how hard that would be and how long it would take to get right? I'll give you a clue: both answers include the word "very".

marco said...

the design is more mature if the Bobbins era' one, but the inking is kinda raw. maybe just a too big pen. that said it is cool al ever

John A said...

You cut me, marco. You CUT me.

John A said...

Marco it IS a big pen but I am kind of still looking for a comfortable pen, I have a great fountain pen but it won't put ink on a lot of paper properly. I tried brushes but I didn't like the look.

I've used just about every kind of pen, from insane technical pens that clogged all the time, to ballpoints, to Sharpies, to graphical pens with nibs that wore down really quickly, but i really like the line you get from a hard felt-tip. I think it would be less brutal if I could draw a little bit bigger. It's experimental, I'm trying to find something that works.

m!ke said...

...now i know, and knowing is half the battle.
i just imagine little elves could perhaps come in the night, and arrange some sort of back catalog of scenery or something.
obviously, you rain-islanders don't have the elf workforce we're blessed with here in the Merica.
i'll see about shipping you some.

m!ke said...

i really have to say, it wouldn't make SGR too difficult to follow if you alternated between hand and vector. if there was some sort of pattern to it. freehand fridays or something.

i am now going to start a band called freehand fridays.

Josh said...

The dude reading the newspaper really looks like Pa Beckwith.

marco said...

mmm then try to use the same pen on a 150% bigger layout, it should be very ok. and as for brushes, me too i'm kinda heavy with them, i need to use >10*15 inches layout to be comfortable with them

zxzxlch said...

Love it! I love the old vector style too but this looks more fun!