Had some time this afternoon so I worked on updating and cleaning up some pages. Especially for visitors that are coming here without buying a book first.
Been toying around with the idea of a BIO section, but again was afraid I'd give something away. So instead, I put some new images (my Inktober work) with the origins of the creation of the characters instead. Take a look if you want in the main book section. Not too bad if I say so myself. Plan on adding when I can, when I can find the time.
I will be adding a store soon, but still plan on using cons as the main way of getting the books out. However, before that, if you would like any copies, use the CONTACT button and let me know, I might be able to make arrangements, especially when issue #3 is done.
This might go along with the (art) style post from the other day.
For years, inking was a great enemy of mine. I would pencil something that looked really nice and then I would lay some ink down and hate it immensly. It just changed my style so much. In addition, inking is a little more technical than penciling. It's a whole lot more than just tracing (and I'm not just saying that to keep Banky from sticking a pen in my thorax). As loose as I was with my penciling, with inking I just seized up and froze.
A few years ago, I purchased Manga Studio. While most of it is more than I'll ever use, the inking component is exactly what someone like me needs to find courage so to speak. It allows me to try things without worrying about ruining the original. It has taught me to be a better artist and inker away from the computer.
Most of my general attitude on inking is from Frank Miller's work in Dark Knight Strikes Again. Yeah, I know. Not a very popular choice amongst some people. I liked it. But it was within that work, I honestly focused on his ink work. In his penciling, he really dialed down the anatomical approach and started what is referred to as "bigfoot drawing" really going out there and not trying to make it look real. But it was in his inking I noticed a real just go with it mentality. Don't worry about every line, or if it makes sense, just go for it.
Whether or not that's what he was going for is beyond me. My interpretation. But it does help when I'm inking, just to go for it. Trust me, the undo feature is the only computery thing I'm doing. That line is my unedited line. And by just going for it, it actually simplifies my art further. I am much more specific in my pencils. But when I hit the inking stage, I just distill things down. It helps with a lot of the forms and helps me come up with my black fills and shadow. Handy tool that I would suggest to anyone being held up by the inking process in their work. Takes the pressure off a bit and does let you breath.
I wouldn't have finished 2 issues without it.
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.