It's still going to be at least a few weeks until the DJB website will be up, so here's a little sample of what the comic will look like. Unlike Sterling, it will be full color, but I'm trying to find a coloring style that has a little bit of depth to it without having to mess around in Photoshop for too long. Right now I like the idea of having lots of solid areas of color, but with areas like eyes and hair getting some detail work.
Thursday 10 September 2009
By Karen on Thursday 10 September 2009, 04:50
Thursday 6 August 2009
By Karen on Thursday 6 August 2009, 04:42
Sterling isn't a webcomic; it's a graphic novel that happens to be online. In a perfect world, it probably wouldn't be.
It's never had a lot of readers, but I tried not to ever get too upset about it, because I knew from about two days into the process that Sterling was completely unsuitable for the webcomic format: I did not care. Well, I cared, but not enough to keep it from being anything other than what it is: A messy, bizarre, uneven labor of love that would require a huge attention span from readers under the best of circumstances, and my updating schedule could never be considered "the best of circumstances."
However, despite the fact that I'm proud of Sterling and I can't imagine it being any other way, the fact remains that I've never really TRIED to make an actual webcomic. Which is a shame, because I think I could make a pretty decent one if I wasn't shooting myself in the foot from the word go. Furthermore, Sterling is very much a writing project-- the art is important, but it's rare for me to sit down to work on a page and be completely in the mood to draw whatever the story currently requires. In fact, a large portion of the time I would much rather be drawing mermaids and unicorns, but the order of the day is to draw someone opening a door.
Do all comic artists come to absolutely hate doors, or is it just me? I plan to kick my door a few times after writing this blog.
Anyway, Sterling can be fun to draw sometimes; Aeka is particularly fun to draw, and all of the 'gameworld' sequences in Chapter Two represent a rare convergence of creativity where something I want to draw actually works in the story. But it occurred to me recently that if I was doing a comic that involved mermaids and unicorns and all that stuff I always find myself doodling in my free time, it would be a helluva lot easier for me.
So, all of this is a long way of saying that I'm starting a second comic. I won't go into too much detail yet, but just to give you a general idea....let's say it's Naruto-meets-My-Little-Pony-meets-Doctor-Who-meets-Immanuel-Kant. There, now you should have a crystal clear image of the forthcoming comic in your mind-- and if you don't, it's YOUR fault, not mine:).