New Artwork: VLADRUSHKA - The Box
I drew myself a new thing and in real ink. It's good old Vladrushka! Who's 15 years old this month. I have not used actual ink in a while.
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After finishing the most recent chapter of LULU, I found myself, after a decade, missing using real ink. I started inking in Photoshop (later Clip Studio, a great program) about halfway through MARTHA in 2008, after I got fed up with my cats splattering my ink if I walked away for even a second, never mind leaving the jar, or my crowquills, out.
It got exasperating and, when you add in security deposits, expensive. I already had been using a tablet for adding greys, but I changed over to actually inking scanned pencils in digital. On Bristol, though in the most recent LULU chapter I decided this was pointless and just pencilled the pages in a large sketchbook. I just couldn't let go of the material. the Special Paper Cartoonists Use.
In any event, that's how I've done it ever since, except for two pieces on illustration board with Vladrushka I did in Seattle. Vladrushka is usually how I try new things. I created a new style for myself of very full pencil-only art for her original stories. I use her to experiment with new materials and techniques.
But over time I've found it kind of alienating. The way I do comics pages for LULU or SUZY SPREADWELL makes such heavy use of layers, it would be impossible to go back to real inked pages. But I miss real ink, its smell, the fact that it doesn't crash in the middle of a brushstroke, and more than anything, having a big piece right in front of me. Not a printed copy, a thing in ink I put on paper or board directly myself.
So I started with this. I'll be doing more. It was fun. The thing is, digital drawing isn't as much fun. Plastic on plastic isn't as fun as pen or pencil on paper. And it never really feels like you completed it, not as it does when you finish an actual piece of paper.
This is also the first time I used water brushes, which is how I applied the grey wash. Extremely controllable and fun: I recommend them.
By the way, you can get a print of this at Deviantart, or the original art at Paypal.
Also, my Patreon now can include adult content, so I think I will be bringing her back soon. And after all the censorship, I'm in a mood to. I don't think I want to moderate my content anymore. It didn't help please Comixology or KDP, so why bother? I'm just not interested in anything but what I want to make.
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