A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics
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Monday, May 04, 2009

Movin along...

It appears I like to wait until the last minute to begin these undertakings. The scenes for chapter 2 of Cora's story were conceived quite a while ago, but it seems I need the dangling sword of press time hanging over my head to actually begin producing in earnest. The production of the book is now a 7 day a week affair, but that's what it takes to get these things done at this late stage. I work best under pressure, and am happy with the way the pages are turning out.



The beginning of the clean up phase is always a struggle. I made a conscious attempt to push the drawing style of the book, by working looser and introducing more black to shadow areas, territory I have been intimidated to venture into previously. What resulted is a lot of difficulty finding the sweet spot where everything flows smoothly, so I went back to the exact process I used on the first book and am much happier. I'm realizing once again that artistic development and evolution should be natural and not forced. I feel myself heading in new directions artistically and it is a result of trial, error and discovery. If you feel yourself in a similar situation, don't force it; let it happen naturally.



Thanks to everyone who has left comments, sent emails and supported the books through blogs and websites, and the retailers who are carrying them. It means a lot. Cheers.

14 comments:

craig said...

looking great. Really like the rough energy of the panels

Sanjuro said...

Ooooh, each visit, the book looks nicer and nicer!

Anthony Holden said...

Thanks for those words. Artistic development should come naturally and over time--why rush?
This is looking wonderful--good luck with your deadline!

Anonymous said...

Lookin' great! I love these comps. Glad you're cranking along & enjoying the process.

Moth

OV! said...

T,

honestly i dont want to see your books super-duper cleaned up.
i REALLY like the looser approach you have naturally.

its what gives it its charm.

Ev said...

These are great Ted!

Dave said...

Man, it's looking fantastic!!!

Heidi Gilbert said...

These look really awesome Ted! I can't wait to see the whole thing.

tristonius said...

Ive been following your blog for a while now, really love your art style.. its just disheartening that I cant buy your work from New Zealand!

Anonymous said...

Hi, i'm a french fan.
I just wanted to reach you and say how great i find your style.
I discovered afterwards that you were a storyboarder, it didn't surprise me much. Some of my friends can't stand the naive touch of your characters, but man, they're so expressive, and your comic is so fluid to read...
Anyway, I still think that you should get yourself a writer. I found lots of crap in Rose and Isabel. Maybe it's subjective, but I definetly think that the story and thematics aren't as powerful as your drawings. It's so hollywood and blockbuster like...(the bad ones i mean). For example:
The serious of the introduction did not feet with the poor examples you are giving us...
The south is the evil, you never expose the fact that the yankees may not be always better, ethically, it's a bit shocking.
Lots of other things kept me from beeing totally on. I saw your ideas, but i never really believed your story. The way of exposing your thematic was too light...

Anyway, that's my opinion, but still it won't keep me from buying your next comics! But please, try to consider the idea of coworking the story!

Alina Chau said...

Love the style in these panels!

kalonji said...

hey ted ,i can wait to read your book no doubt !i just love your work,all the success for you my friend see you in san diego:-)

Jorge@jlacera.com said...

Hi Ted, I'm a long time visitor of your blog but I haven't commented before, just wanted to say that I love dropping by and seeing and reading about your work flow and process. Very inspiring and thought provoking stuff!

Cheers,

JL

Anonymous said...

Very interesting.A pleasure viewing your works.