On Scene: Failure

I’ve been using the liquid latex mask like a junkie for almost everything. It seems like the perfect, brilliant solution to every masking problem…Just throw it on there! No problem!

I used this splatter ink effect for shading on this heavily stylized eye reflecting the aftermath of a crash in my comic, while giving a sense of the onlooking character’s shock. If I used regular ink shading, I feel this image would’ve been far too clean, and wouldn’t fit with the current style of my comic. I’ve always been aware of splatter effects, but I didn’t think of using them till I saw Shannon Wheeler use splatter to shade everything in a full-page comic panel in Too Much Coffee Man. (The hand-drawn version of the comic, not the digital…Mr. Wheeler, stop using digital, please.)

I have all the action shots of this because I anticipated it working, but let’s just sum up the failure in a few. This is an example of where using a latex mask, which is rubbery, is a horrible idea. I created a mask over the green/yellow iris with latex, splattered ink, and removed the mask with an eraser – typical process.

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For one, I didn’t tilt up my drafting table, which is why most of the ink ended up on my white curtains. Don’t feel bad for me. Those were left-overs from the last tenant. This was situation of pure genius where I decided to wear my favourite white skirt, and yeah – that’s ruined.

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