still no word


They still haven't blown the starting whistle at either Big Fat Job. So I got to mess around with Fred some more tonight. Here's the blueline mash-up for the first story page.

6 comments:

Jed said...

Glad to hear your working on a Children's book project. It's a real art to write one of these "easy reader" sort of books--Dr. Seuss, of course, being the master.

Anyway, about this mashup technique--are you going to paint right on top of the blue? And interesting strategy. I've recently been using Sketch-up models, cars and house interiors from the 3D warehouse-- I pose them how I want them, put the camera where I want it to be, and cheat like mad! I just pop it under my tracing paper and redraw it to make it look interesting. I find straight up tracing looks just that--like you traced it. I've been ambivelent about this technique because it felt like a cheat, but the results are what I want them to be. You still have to know how to draw to do it right. I wouldn't do it with a figure from a photo--the surest way to make something look incredibly stiff--but stuff that's supposed to look incredibly stiff, like furniture, seems cool to me. I hate perspective anyway.

eeTeeD said...

i have a really hard time seeing this. =(

Mark Martin said...

Yeah, harder to see onscreen than in reality. I'll post the pencils next.

I don't paint on this blueline. I'll pencil and sketch some more, then manually transfer that over to a hard illustration board. OR I may scan the pencils again, and refine them again. Sometimes I go through 3 or 4 rounds of refining.

I hate perspective too! Meaning I hate obeying the laws of it - it's hard work! But I love playing with it and exaggerating it and forcing it to be my bitch!

SRBissette said...

YAK! Blueline tougher to read online than in life! ACK! BLUELINES!

Jed said...

Perspective refuses to be my bitch. I've conceded to the computer model method, because it's like math to me, and my clumsy attempts at working it out are very very time consuming. Getting a computer to do the work for me, especially when it's just primitives, seems perfectly cool to me.

Jed said...

You understand of course, that this is a cry for love. Am a perspective pussy Mark?

I say, yes. But I'm ok. you're ok.