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  • Q & A!

    It’s like T & A, but not. Eric Newsom is graciously letting me post a couple of questions he had that I often get asked but never think to blog the answers.

    1. When you’re drawing a story that you’ve also written, do you go
    through the whole scripting process? Do you sketch out the pages as
    you write?

    Sometimes. When it’s more of an action scene, not so much. I generally go with however things start coming to me- if the dialogue comes to me first I write all that and then figure out the visuals, if it’s pure visuals I rough it all out and add talk as needed.

    2. This one’s the one that’s giving me the most trouble: Any trade
    secrets you can reveal on drawing characters so they look the same
    from panel to panel? Is it just practice?

    David Hahn is better at that than me. He always draws three-views of the characters like you would when designing them for animation. The trick is giving them a distinct skull shape. Even better, make the head out of sculpy to refer to. I usually try to give everyone a “tag” like this guy has a hat, this one a black shirt, and so on. It’s not cheating! I don’t think….

    3. Was the Cutty Sark fire last year an accident, or arson?

    It was definitely done on purpose, and you’ll see my theory in the new arc of Virgin Comics’ GAMEKEEPER. Okay, Eric didn’t actually ask number three. But if you have working questions you don’t mind being answered in the public forum, send them on.

    Comments

    Comment from Eric
    Time: January 16, 2008, 4:22 pm

    That’s definitely helpful, especially the part about the skull shape.

    I have this weird idea about some comic artists, that their art has become sort of a simulacrum of real life because they learned how to draw from comic books. Somewhere along the way, the art becomes recognizable only in the frame of comics. I think that’s one of the problems I’ve run into, that I’m trying to draw the head of a comic book character instead of the head of a person. If that makes any sense at all.

    Anyway, thanks for the help!

    Comment from Parker
    Time: January 16, 2008, 6:22 pm

    I’d go ahead and call that a Weird Fact. It makes lots of comics artists unusable for any other art jobs if they ever veer out of staple land.

    Seek the path!

    Comment from Eric
    Time: January 17, 2008, 2:08 pm

    The other weird thing I should point out, by way of advertising, is that if I flip through the Toth Doodlebook for even just five minutes, my drawings improve immensely. It’s not even a conscious thing, and I’m definitely not trying to (or even capable of trying to) ape Toth.

    But it’s inspiring, and I thank you and Mr. Hitchcock once again for publishing it!