Friday, January 30, 2015
Issue 23 is going smoothly. More or less a page in a day. It's a fun issue to draw, but there's not too much of a plot. And who needs plot! So why does this drag on? This is why: I have an issue outlined telling the prehistory of saamo people. Would really like to do that one but it has absolutely nothing to do with the main story.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
After 22 issues I can say this from certain experience:
Starting an issue is always hard. Every single time I have to figure out how this thing was supposed to be drawn. First I cut the pieces of scraperboard (essdee, white) in a haphazard manner. Then I draw the outline of the pages with a textmark marker. Then the panels, four each page, sometimes two. Then draw the boxes for the narrative 29 mm high. Then the guidelines for the lettering. After this preliminery work I write a final script and letter it to its place, making some changes while doing it. At this stage I should reread the thing, but sometimes I don't. Now I pick a panel I would like to do first, very often something quite abstract or then something drawn from a source. I don't trace, but use various photos and drawings for reference. I don't draw the panels in any specific order but start with those that I either feel are easy to do or fun to do or that i have a specific clear idea for. I don't do pencils and I seldom sketch, unless the picture is especially hard to do for whatever reason, then I sketch. After all the panels are drawn, I read the story and make corrections to the text. If the corrections require a lot of scraping away, I make a separate piece of the correction and scotch it to the side of the page. When all is done I send it to my publisher for scanning and lay-out. After reading the story from pdf.s I make corrections if necessary. Then I start a new issue.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
My 2010 book is coming out in French in June, or so it seems. Next week I need to draw a new cover. Might be a bit hard since I should do it in my old scraperboard technique. I will be posting some sketches, but you have to buy the book to see how it came out.
Started to letter the "final" text of issue 23. Already making changes. Sometimes a word sometimes a sentence... From the actual FIRST draft to the lettered... final... version it takes three to four working days. Not always the most intense working days but still. Tomorrow i hope that part is done
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Is everytime like jumping to cold water. Well despite of this the first version of issue 23 is now written. Today I'll do the second version. The third is then the one i write on the actual originals.
Starting after a break is hard. And 2015 will be filled with many extra things. The first is that I need to do the cover for the French edition of Silvia Regina. And with my old technique too. Boy... I don't turn that easily.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
starting the work for this spring. Issue 21 soon to arrive to subscribers and issue 22 heading to printer during the weekend. Tomorrow i'll be really starting on issue 23. And as soon as it can be confirmed I have some sizzling hot news regarding Läskimooses. Maybe in february maybe a bit later. Excelsior!