I truly wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays etc. 2016 was such a turning point for me. It had it's really low lows and extremely high highs. I finished a comic project I had been dreaming and daydreaming about for close to 20 years. I went out on the convention trail with it and met some very nice people along the way. A big thank you to those that purchased the book and stopped and talked to me for awhile. It means more than you will ever know. Sometimes it's hard for this 44 year old to get everything done for the day so that he can live the life his 12 year old self dreamed up. But when I get a chance to sit down with my imagination, it's always a highlight. Thank you.
Going to try and keep this and my Facebook as current as possible in the new year. If you haven't yet go to my AMK Comics page and like it or friend me at Mike W. Belcher.
Been a little while since I sat down to really write one of these. I've tried to expand my horizons by joining Facebook. Yeah, late to the party, what can I say. So I've not paid as much attention to my blog in exchange for trying something new.
In trying something new, I'm trying to get back into fighting shape as they say for the continuing story of my book.
After I finished the graphic novel, i was pretty wiped physically, emotionally and mentally. I then went right into the selling of it on the convention scene which takes a lot of time, effort and lots of attention. There were good cons and not so good cons, which is par the course. After the last one, I knew it was time to refocus on what was next.
The experience of creating the book taught me invaluable lessons of my process and what worked and didn't. One of which, was my method of inking. Due to my long hiatus of not drawing, combined with my carpal tunnel which developed due to years using a mouse as a graphic designer, I chose to digitally ink my art.
It was a mixed blessing.
On one hand it gave me a safety blanket to undo bad strokes and experiment with things. But the end result just didn't feel organic enough for me. So in planning the next chapter, I thought I needed to go back to hand inking to get the results I wanted. Before I could do that, I needed not only practice but the feeling I'm showing to an audience as I go.
As I said, late to the party, but jumping in with both feet. I would try to have some fun while working on my inking and use the fact there was at least the feel of an audience push me harder to do my best.
It's worked better than I could have hoped. What was supposed to be just quick pencils and then inks has turned into me doing more elaborate artwork of which I'm pretty happy with.
Please feel free (if you haven't already) to friend me to see what art I've put up there. I have two, one under Mike W Belcher and then I have a page you can "like" under AMK Comics.
Thanks again for reading!
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.