Tag: ink

“Montreal Fall Wind” WIP08 – Plastic Wrap Technique

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I started inking and creating texture in the background. Once again, the plastic wrap technique where plastic is laid on top of wet watercolour to distort it while it is drying. Hopefully, this is a better image to explain that idea.

What kind of New Year’s resolutions do you have? I wrote about it a little in my latest update on my website.

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J’ai commencé encrer et développer la texture du fond. Encore un fois, je laisse de la plastique rester sur les aquarelles lorsqu’ils sèchent. J’espère cet image est meilleur.

 

Quelle sorte de la résolution d’année avez-vous? J’ai écrit un peu à propos de ça dans mon mise à jour sur mon site web. (Seulement anglais.)

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Avatar Korra and Raava WIP6

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There’s way more going on here than the last image! Here, I masked off the edges of my figure, the water, and the Raava spirit. I admit this was kind of tedious and annoying, but such is life. The background is a layering of red, orange, and a black/blue mixture with some salt. I really liked the way it turned out, but I had to change it because it was too close to the skin colour. I’m also going for
night time, so this wasn’t going to work. When I put the next layer on, I immediately felt some regret because the way the salt and colours worked out here is amazing.

Metallic Taste Cover

Montreal Comic Con?

Metallic Taste Cover

So this is my final cover. I don’t seem to have an image where I applied ink, but you guys know how that usually goes. Maybe it will find itself later on. As you seen, I inverted the background to be green/white instead of pink/black. The main reason being I realized all this black is a hell lot of ink to print. That kind of sucks, because it’s not the tone of this comic at all. It just looked too flowery with pink and white in the end, so it had to go all Matrix green.

After this, I had to really carefully select a font. You know when it’s late and you pick something that you fell in love with that moment, but you just know you’ll hate it later? Yeah, at first I picked some kind of heavy metal, goth font. It looked like some blend of Evanescence and Nickleback album cover. I had to pick something that I could stick to for the next issue.

The next issue is already 75% written, by the way. I’m just not happy with how the scenes come together yet. Then comes layouts.

Sorry for disappearing but I guess it’s hard to keep up with a blog amiss preparing for the comic con, printing problems, personal problems, daily commitments with how inefficient my process for posting on here is. I have to take all my phone photos, upload them and process them through my computer, then upload them here. Too many steps, so I also made an Instagram that I have been posting to meanwhile – look for artkarolina, as always. Man, I hate apologetic bloggers. Life happens right? Right now I’m writing this because I finally have a chance to sit down to do it, but it’s also because I can’t stand up from hip pain.

The good news is that Montreal Comic Con went well for me and exceeded my expectations. It’s unlikely I’ll go again next year, but maybe the next. Right now, I am awaiting to hear back from TCAF, which is right down the alley of indie comics. Montreal Comic Con is great, but also very expensive. The table fee is going up to $275? I will probably have to go alone or find a new table mate, as that friendship failed the trials of this artistic and business venture. That’s one of the things I’ve been dealing with just on an emotional level, because it’s hard to cut down a friendship that’s been alive for a decade. I was pretty excited to quietly celebrate it being a decade, but instead I will be celebrating a “break up” and a search for a new best friend.

If you’re interested in buying my comics, as I have plenty of inventory left, I made a StoreEnvy to finally sell things directly and properly! I also have a proper page setup here talking about my comics. Oh wait, yeah my website is cleaned up and new since I finally fixed the technical problems with my CMS – thanks to my dad.

I will slowly start posting my overdue posts. I have been on hiatus from drawing, just to recharge. My drawing table also has some negative feelings lingering around it thanks to my break up, so I’ve been drawing in bed or painting.

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SFX Strips WIP

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This is an “exercise” collaboration I am doing with my best artist friend person, Natasha Petras. It’s a comic strip project where the narrative is driven by sound effects while simultaneously being completely abstract. I’m using sepia ink here, which has a different effect. I coloured this in Photoshop using masking layers.

Here’s the tumblr post. I suggest follow me or carryalaser if you’re interested in keeping track of this project. We’re thinking of potentially printing this in a little book…maybe selling it at a comic con (stay tuned?).

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Rant about writers, publishers, and other vague individuals commissioning art

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Here’s another one from this year’s archive of unposted stuff. I held off posting this because it’s a sample for a children’s book. I get frequently approached specifically for children’s books. It boggles me. What on my website gallery captures this particular interest? Maybe it’s the choice of style… but you know, just because you wrote a gleeful children’s story and it’s fashionable in our desperate economic time to put on a happy face, it doesn’t mean I am suddenly going to drop everything and draw bright, friendly, optimistic pictures. It’s artistic integrity. I have a firm commitment to the sense of realism to everything I do, whether it’s the anime/cartoon style, or super realistic images. Realism doesn’t mean it looks photo realistic, it refers to the conceptual aspect of a style.

Now this guy didn’t do what typically happens. He had a story that actually fit my style – it was a darker, grittier story, and it was more for boys I’m guessing or girls with that strand of interest.

But what I’ve experienced and seen happen to other illustrators has been that people inexperienced with working with artists treat illustrators like mindless puppets. Let me get this out there…I really don’t give a fuck how good you think your idea or story is. You’re talking to creative people…creative people have ideas all the time. It’s easy to have an idea, but it’s hard to have a truly great idea… and then when you do, that doesn’t make you king of the hill. An idea by itself isn’t worth anything until it’s actualized. You have an idea, but you can’t draw, so you go to an artist. Because you can’t draw, you must treat the artist with respect. For me personally – I’ve been kicking around doing this for 8 years professionally. I think I have some idea of what I’m doing, and I don’t need a condescending tone from a client like I need them to tell me how to move my hands to make the lines. I have a professional demeanor, so it’s not going to show, but I do get really irritated when I deal with this. And you know what? That irritation ends up going into the work, unfortunately. It’s subconscious, and I am human, so it’s hard to let it go sometimes.

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