Below is Part 2 of my strange boxing/monster comic. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.
What I Like
To be honest, now that I see this on a computer there isn’t too much I’m a fan of. I suppose I like that I actually made panels and used a ruler and all that. I like the way I drew the face of the dude getting hit in the second panel. I also like that I actually finished this one to a degree, oh and panel five looks kinda sick.
What I Wish I Did Differently I wish I had been more consistent with some of my line work while using the inks. I think the story itself is pretty obvious, but using tiny pens and then much bigger pens, I think I could have done a better job with that. For example, I think that panel six looks very strange compared to the other five. In panel four I would have centered it a little more, in panel three I would have made our boxer’s fist bigger. Gosh, I dunno, there’s just so much that I could have done differently. Good thing is that I don’t any of the artisstic decisions actually hurt the story.
I’d just like to give a shoutout to every comic book artist EVER! Son of a bitch just using that f*ing ruler on my 8.5×11 piece of computer made me want to stop. I suppose when it comes to drawing I’m not very detail oriented. I think I’m going to stick to stick figures from now on… Anyway, let me know what you guys think!
The idea for this most recent comic has been boiling in my head for a while now. It started after I read The Barfighter by Ivan G. Goldman. I love boxing, having done it for all of one summer between my sophomore and junior years of college, and the book follows a down and out boxer taking anger management classes. It’s a great little read, but one specific moment stuck in my head. The main character, while he was boxing for the army/navy, something like that, when he was on the ropes, would dig deep and unleash someone he called “The Mongolian.” The Mongolian was an engine of destruction. He didn’t know fear, couldn’t be hurt. I thought that was the coolest idea, that you could awaken this thing inside your mind, become it, and overcome.
That little moment provided the spark, but a book about the history of boxing laid the foundation for this cool new narrative I was planning. You want to talk about manly men? Look no further than some of the original boxers in ancient Greece or in less-ancient Britain. Brutal contests of physical fitness that could last hours. I wanted to focus on a specific time period, right after the British boxing community, ragtag as it was, decided to ban kicking and wrestling from the matches.
This is just a taste of what I’m working on, a very rough draft, and the very first time I’ve ever put this narrative to pictures. And I used my fancy new pens, which I really don’t know how to use yet… Anyway, enjoy!
What I Like
Oh my gosh I got something on paper! I got to use my new pens! The monster looks kinda cool!
What I Wish I Did Differently I got super carried away with some thumbnails that I was doing. It was just meant to be a couple of sketches, but then I got cooking and couldn’t stop. I should have taken a step back and done a page of story. I don’t know how to use my pens yet though, so I’m going to try and get that under control while I get a ruler and some other stuff to make my work look a little cleaner.
So this is my first personal art post here on the site. I’m no artist but sometimes I just feel so gosh dang inspired that I have to put a pencil to paper, no matter how crappy the end result.
I got the idea for this little strip from @adultbraces over on twitter. He was talking about drawing a sad Namor and I couldn’t stop thinking about him being jinxed by the Human Torch while he was yelling “IMPERIUS REX!” Don’t ask me why, though it may have something to do with Spider-man/Fantastic Four #1 by Christos Gage and Mario Alberti. This is the fruit of my labor.