Friday, 31 December 2010

Things to come


So here we are, on the cusp of the new year. I wonder what the next twelve months have in store? Where will my li'l alien buddy take me, once this first adventure is all wrapped up?.. What strange new encounters might he have, as he follows that signal through the depths of space?... Whom might he meet?.. What might he see?... And what about all my other strips and characters, how will they slot into place?... It's going to be a fascinating year, that's for sure!...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

I should be happy

Crikey, I've finally finished colouring parts one and two of BLIP, just like I promised last time I blogged here, and... erm.. actually, it's a very curious place to be. I mean, I should be happy, I've hit my target and I have all these lovely pages to show for my efforts. In fact, I've pencilled, inked and coloured more pages than I've ever managed before. Yay. But instead, it's somewhat sobering. See, what I'm already learning is, you never really finish a page. You can sign it off, and it can go off into the world pretending to be completed. But you know it's not. You can see all the errors and mistakes and colour adjustments which mean it's far from finished. I don't think I'll ever be properly happy. Mild contentment might be the best I can muster. And I already know I'll be going back to many pages to tweak and adjust them as I proceed with part three...

Ah, yes. Part three. Now that's truly put the mockers on any celebration. Those thumbnail sketches spilling out of my sketchbook remind me that, actually, I'm still only half-way through my cosmic encounter. So it's all a sham. I haven't finished anything. But parts one and two are nearly, just-about, I-should-be-a-lot-happier-with-them, they'll-suffice finished. And that's as good a place to be, as any, I guess!...