This morning I looked at a page of pencil I did yesterday for a strip I'd just written and I was a bit pleased with it. As I said in an earlier post I hate the inking process. Copying the drawing in ink seems to kill the fun that I had doing the drawing in the first place. It's such a slow laborious process (for me anyway) I just can't be spontaneous while I'm doing it.
Today I thought, "You know, I'll just scan the pencil and see what that looks like."
The strip didn't have to match anything I had done previously - these were new characters - so I'd had fun and played a bit more than usual. I scanned the pencil drawing in and it's okay. A lot less constipated than my normal stuff. A bit of tweaking in Photoshop and I'm happy.
Later, while having a cup of coffee, I pulled down a book of Berkley Breathhed's Bloom County strips to read - this is a book that has been sat on my shelves undisturbed for maybe five or six years? - towards the front of the book Breathhead has included a page of drawings from his sketchbook.
Every idea - good or bad - started just like this.
The tragedy is that pencil drawings never look quite
as good once they've been civilized and transferred
in ink onto the blank strip - a pity.
Huzzah! I'm not the only one.
Here's the strip: