Belly button lint inspired this latest comic. I don’t always find lint in my belly button but when I do I get more excited than I probably should. It’s so much f*ing fun digging it out! Calm down Ben. Anyway, the comic that follows is all about a dude with a totally gnarly navel.
The Creative Process
I noticed that I had done my last two comics in a horizontal format and while I think that works great for web-based comics, I wanted to try something a little different this time. I like how it came out. I thumbnailed this one on a piece of scrap paper I found at my parents house and from there I just went right into the pencils. Very quick turnaround for this one.
What I Like
I love the first two panels. That’s me getting ready for a shower and playing with my belly button. I think I captured the boredom waiting for the shower to heat up and then the surprise at pulling a treasure chest out of your belly button really well. Also, I love that last panel. It was just straight fun to draw and the word balloon? I don’t know. It’s silly and I love it.
What I Wish I Did Differently
Looking at in on a computer screen I can’t help but notice that there’s tons of pencil everywhere. I need to maybe go back and start erasing? Actually I really probably need to use a lighter pencil. Up to this point I’ve been using some your standard #2 pencil… Also, the ballpoint pen just isn’t working anymore. I want to experiment with different line widths, thus I bought a pack of technical pens that I’m hoping will help improve some of my detail work.
I regret not putting a title on this comic. I think panels three, four, and five need some work. I could have put a ton more detail in there. Lastly, I’d like to try working with a longer narrative instead of these one-and-dones.
I think this is my best comic yet. It’s clear and concise and it was really fun to draw. Other than that… I learned that drawing boats is freaking hard and that I still really need to work on perspective. And basically everything else… But I have new pens! We’ll see what happens with that madness. And I’m going to try to find an eraser.
Oh yeah! Check it out it’s the second installment of my Weekly Comics series! This time I’ve got an awesome comic that’s been stewing in my head for nearly a year now, its first iteration done on a piece of receipt paper at my horrible restaurant job. It’s great to finally get it out there for world to see.
The Creative Process This comic took forever to thumbnail. I could not figure out what I wanted to do for my first panel. Initially I had imagined a squire stumbling upon a bunch of knights getting torn to pieces by this dragon here, but I just couldn’t make it work. Again, I probably redrew the thumbnails 6 times or so, and that first panel at least a dozen times. Finally I just broke down and drew something to set the scene, a dragon flambéing some knights.
What I Like I really like how the first panel turned out, and I think I drew the dragon pretty darn consistently up until the very last panel. I love the expression of my timid knight in the third panel and the way the dragon looks in the fourth and fifth panels. I also like how the speech bubble breaks the panel borders at the end. Overall I think I did a fine job with the pacing and created something that’s both readable and kinda funny. To me at least. Heh.
What I Wish I Did Differently The last panel with the dragon… Gah I wish i drew that differently. I wish I had either gotten rid of the flames or showed more of his face or something! It just looks weird as is. Also I wish I had utilized the space on the page more… efficiently. I would have made the panels bigger and maybe moved the title somewhere else. I would aslo have made the title cooler, maybe using fancy medieval style lettering. Lastly, I probably would have made the dragon more dragon-y. Maybe giving it wings or making it look less like a dinosaur. I dunno.
Final Thoughts Honestly I think this is much much better than my first comic. I utilize the majority of the space on the page and the story has a clear beginning, middle, and end. I think. I draw things a bit more consistently, and… yeah, I think it’s pretty ok. I tstill need to improve my materials I think, and not use a ballpoint pen for inking.
Let me know what you think! What do I need to work on? Help me help myself team!