Sunday, April 16, 2017
Barnard page 7 frame 1 inks
This isn't the usual way I draw things, as you might be thinking. Where is all the detail, the ink cross-hatching, the academic simulation of three-dimensional reality? This is more like a cartoon and that's what I want. This is being inked like an old-fashioned comic book, or even a coloring book, with simple, defined areas that can easily be colored in whether by hand or by computer. Photoshop's "edge-finder" and "filler" can instantly drop a wash of color into any one of these areas. You risk being stuck without the ability to correct, as the quick way bypasses all those confusing "layers," but it looks clean and clear. I'm inspired here by the Belgian and other European "ligne claire" or "clear-line" style, as well as the wonderful work of American Windsor McKay, author of "Little Nemo in Slumberland."
In this panel, 1 of 4 on a single page, one of the Cloud Creatures presents a fabric object to our main character, who is still unsure of what is going on.
Inks on Fabulous Fabriano illustration board, 3 1/2" x 5", April 15, 2017.