A handful of early illustrations and comic strips from the personal finance zine I’ve been making
I’ve been focused on making my zine Intentional Finance. It’s been an enjoyable project to work on and a fun change of pace from fiction comic creating. I recently finished laying out all of the text, so I’ve been drawing a bunch of comics and illustrations to go supplement the writing.
After a bit of a break between projects to focus on developing my skills, I’ve started Lunar Space Colony in earnest. I decided that I’m going to publish the project online in weekly episodes as vertical comics instead of print sized pages. Printing my last project was a good learning experience, but I want to instead focus on accessibility and publishing regular chunks of the comic.
Also, with this change, I started drawing digitally. When I started making comics last September, I set out to focus on using traditional tools because it seemed like a nice way to take a break from the computer. After taking some time to think about it, the power and ergonomic implications of digital started to really appeal to me. I don’t have space for a drafting table or a setup that would serve me best for traditional art. But I do have enough space for a tablet. I’m going to write more about this switch soon.
After taking some time to get used to drawing digitally, I began Lunar Space Colony by designing the characters.
I’ve heard so much about the benefits of meditation over the years, but I’ve never given it an honest try until now. I’m grateful I did. I’m going to do my best to continue to do it.
I haven’t had too much to share lately because I’ve been studying drawing and comics. But this week I started working in earnest on my next project, Lunar Space Colony, and I’ll be sharing concept art and details soon.
I just finished inking Terminal tonight, and I’m so happy with how the process has gone. All that’s left is to scan the last three pages and then add screentone. Above is a panel from one of the pages I inked tonight.
I’m hoping to have the comic ready to share online within the next two weeks!
The best resource I’ve found for people wanting to make comics.
In January and February, I spent most of my free time going through the book Drawing Words & Writing Pictures to learn how to make comics. I stumbled across it at the bookstore while looking for books on illustration and comics. I decided to give it a try, and to my pleasant surprise, the book has been fantastic.
At the end of each year, I’m going to put together a journal entry of my favorite illustrations and comics that I made throughout the year. What follows are my highlights from 2017. I’m just starting out and only have four months to pull from, so I’m not overly confident with my ability. Nonetheless, here they are!