First, let's catch up on the recent comments...
On the subject of bargains:
(a bunch of delusional crackhead rambling, and then...)
Which is why I no longer give a shit about making beautiful unmarred originals when it comes to my commercial work. Their Magic Specialness doesn't even rate a quarter of what somebody paid to publish it once. That just seems sad to me. It's great that these pages will undoubtedly find their way into the hands of those who will appreciate them, but where is the magic specialness Mark? You know, the magic specialness that rates more than minimum wage for the time and effort it takes to make one of these things?
You lost me again, Jed. What true artist works for money? Unless you're outrageously successful like Thomas Kincaide, you're constantly juggling the fun of creating versus the duty of feeding and housing yourself and your loved ones.
The magic specialness is in the creating and the sharing.
I like art pages which look like they've been made from scratch. The pencils, the white outs, the overlays, the lettering (remember when you read the DIALOGUES on the actual art pages)
I agree, Anonymush! All that stuff lets you know that somebody sweated over the art. I have a couple of Mark's originals and they're swell!
But are they sweaty?
I work on a salad bar, so the sneeze screen also deflects any sweat droplets that fall from my furrowed brow. I also wear animator's gloves and a full-body condom, after showering with pure Clorox bleach.
This reminds me of a conversation I had with Voice of Reason recently. He sent a link to a news article declaring that "Scientists reveal the smell of male sweat is an aphrodisiac to women!!!" (paraphrasing) and I wrote back "How many times are they going to "REVEAL" that? They revealed that YEARS ago!" After a little more debate on whether or not this was "news", Mrs. VoR piped in and said that she, too, remembered hearing this years ago.
At this juncture, VoR and JR asked where I heard this, and I had the pleasure of saying "Why, on the Rush Limbaugh Show, of course!" thus totally smashing their long-held belief that there was nothing of any value or credibility to be learned from that show.
And it's all true. That's where I heard it. Years ago.
OK, back to "REAL" art vs "DIGITAL" art:
I LIKE BOTH!!!
Here's a screen shot of the new Teeny Weeny I am working on today. At the very bottom you can see a sketch of a panel background. That little scribble is the only "original art" that exists for this entire Teeny Weeny page. Tons of work goes into these things, and after it's all over I got nothing to sell, no tangible evidence of the creating. Where is the magic specialness???
1. In the handsome page rate those wonderful people at Nickelodeon pay me to print these things.
2. In the complete ownership of the character that I may collect into a collected volume someday, or who knows, maybe even turn into the next Hello Kitty.
3. It just looks cool! I love the clean "geometrical" look of TW comics, and it would take me months, if not years, to achieve that look on paper - if I could even achieve it at all. For all this talk about my super-neat originals, I am actually a VERY sloppy, unsteady artist.
How about you, eeTeeD? Have you ever tried that $2500 wacom superboard? I'd love to have it in my arsenal - but I gotta weight that against getting the house painted before it rots and stuff like that. If you have tried one - WHERE did you try it? Any advice on where to go in Massachusetts and test drive such a thing?