Friday, January 07, 2011

Day 4 - True Grit

2 more pages done and in good time!

(2.5 out of 5 for difficulty / challenging)

Roughs:      2.7 Hours
Pencils:          1 Hour
Lettering:    1.2 Hours
Inks Pg 1:   .65 Hour
Inks Pg 2: 1.25 Hours

Total:           6.8 Hours

This has been a pretty challenging week (that only started on Tuesday for me) but I'm really happy with the progress so far. I'm getting a good idea about what it takes to do this stuff on a proper schedule and how long it takes me to do the work. It's also reminding me what it's like to look forward to the weekend so I can take a break!

Tonight's reward: Going to see "True Grit"!
Tomorrow's plan: Tumbnail out next weeks work and do one page.
Sunday: I'm taking Sunday the frig off.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Day 3 - Going Public!

Another page done! A little bit out of order; I left my thumbnails for Pg 55 at home so I jumped into Pg 56 as there was no continuity issues that required me to have 55 done first.

I roughed out the page at the coffee shop and then Livestreamed the inking later that night. Unfortunately the Livestream didn't seem to record so if you missed it, you missed it forever!

Today's Stats (one page):
(I'd give it a 3 out of 5 for difficulty / complexity)

Roughs:    1.8 Hours
Pencils:     .65 Hours
Lettering:  .55 Hours
Inking:     1.65 Hours

+ Ruling out 20 blank pages:  1 Hour

Total:     5.65 Hours

Roughing the page while hanging out with Brenda

Tomorrow I'm going to shoot for a 2 page day if I can manage it. 

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Day 2 Results


2 more pages in the can! 

(I'd give these a 3 & 4 out of 5 on difficulty / complexity)

Rough pages:  2.8 Hours
Pencils:            1.1 Hours
Lettering:         1.5 Hours
Page 1 inks:     1.5 Hours
Page 2 inks:      2.2 Hours

Total:                9.1 Hours

Not bad, but exhausting!!
I managed to finish the first page inks my 5:00, then finished up by 10:00 (after some food and a "few" episodes of Avatar).

Now if I could only manage to be FINISHED by 5:00 or 6:00. That would kick ass.

Tomorrow's only going to be a One Page Day, got other things that need attending to!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2011 - Mathematical!

So for me this is my first day back on the JOB since the holidays. Starting a fresh new year is all ways exciting and I couldn't wait to get back to working on comics.

December was fairly productive despite all the December distractions. I started using a time tracker app on my iPhone to see just how much time I actually spent working on comics over the last 3 weeks. Yeah, stupid time to start tracking hours when you're knee deep in the holiday season but there you go.

Things broke down as such:
Week One:    17.6 Hours
Week Two:     9.8 Hours
Week Three: 13.5 Hours

I attempted to not start kicking myself with only minor success seeing the results.

It got me thinking though. What IF I actually managed to put in an 8 hour day / 40 hour week doing comics in this "full time" manner I've been yammering on about? Deciding (agonizing over) to only work on one book at a time I figured I should be able to do 1 - 2 page of Angora Napkin a day. So today I got to put theory to test and clock my time while attempting 2 finished pages.

I had thumbnails for Pg 51 & 52 done before I started today at 8:30.

I roughed out the two pages on 8.5 X 11 paper while sipping wicked hot coffee at Starbucks. I really hit my stride somewhere between "Song 2" by Blur and "I Can't Stop Partying" by Weezer on my iPod. I guess that's when the caffeine kicked in.

Finishing that I ran some quick errands, picked up a new pad of Bristol board and a syringe for ink refills and made my way home. Note to self: driving downtown for coffee every day ends up A) costing a lot of money on coffee and B) eats up a lot of time. (None the less, I need to get out of the house once and a while or I go mental.)

Home, and the blank pages await!

I lightbox pencil one page out before stopping for lunch and a chat with Brenda, then back at page 2. Here it is all lettered.

And then... The Moment...

My awesome girlfriend got me this SWEET new brush pen for Christmas and today's pages would be it's trial run. I've been long using the Pentel Brush Pen (and love it) but came across this one on a pen fetish web site one day. It claimed to put the synthetic Pentel to shame with it's real sable hair bristles. I'm probably more excited about this then I should be. Brenda asked me if she should be jealous.... The jury's out on that for the moment.

So, I pop in the in cartridge and spend some time getting the ink flowing. I ink a panel, frown and go rise out the crappy ink in the cartridge and refill it with good old Rotering ink. Ahhh - satisfyingly black! 

It's a tricky brush pen! Shorter bristles then the Pentel and it really holds a lot of ink! I smeared a lot of lines because the ink came out so fluid as to not dry quickly enough for my impatient inking. Also, I had to (with great fear) scalpel off the very tip of the brush as it was a hair too long and kept catching on turns. It's going to take some getting used to but by the end I was getting better at it.

Too much pen info? Deal with it.

And so, having not drawn much of anything in a week or so and wrestling with a new tool my wrist was killing me by the end of page one. I checked the clock and took a dinner break. 

Determined, I set back to it after pizza. (Thank you Mom & Dad, I love my new toaster oven - you can cook a whole pizza in it!)

How did things break down?
(I'd gauge these pages as being a safe 2.5 (out of 5) for difficulty / complexity.)
Note to Self: I'd only finished inking 1/4 of the first page by 5:00

Roughing 2 pages:   2.1 Hours
Penciling 2 pages:    1.4 Hours
Letting 2 pages:       1.25 Hours
Inking 1st page:        2.0 Hours
Inking 2nd page:      1.6 Hours

TOTAL:                  8:35 Hours

SUCCESS! I completed 2 pages in one work day!

I think I'll continue to clock and blog my work week and see how things go. Might even set up the web cam and do some Livestreaming at some point, so stay tuned!