internal voices please

do you ever find yourself talking to yourself?  maybe in the mirror?  or in the car when you’re alone?  well, that’s just weird.  ok, i’m just kidding.  i think i do it but usually using my internal voice.  i run lots of scenarios through my head and sometimes find myself putting myself in other people’s shoes.  what would it really be like to be in that person’s life right now?  i bring this all up because i think we need that alone time to really think things through.  i think we need alone time to give our brain time to work through issues.  also, it gives us time to take a step back and see what all is really important in life and how far or close we are to it.

i’m reading a really great book by Will Eisner called Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist.  in it, Eisner really breaks down the planning on panels and how they can be used.  i was blown away by the fact that he had thought about really inventive ways to use the comic art form 60 years ago and artists today are still learning from it.  absolutely amazing.  anyways, in it, i learned about borderless panels and what it can do for you.  i’m not saying i’m using it correctly here, but i wanted to give it a try.  the only true border you’re working with is the piece of paper itself.

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a stray dog and an aimless Finn.  ever since the beginning of this year, i’ve sent Finn off on adventures in hopes of learning more about himself, and who he wants to be.  here we are, in the middle of October, and is Finn any closer to understanding who he is?

i’ve read about how as an amateur artist, you should only post artwork you are proud of, and at the same time not get stuck on any one piece of work for too long.  today i present to you a piece of work that i’m not all that proud of, but i felt i should display it anyways.  i guess it’s my way of saying not everyday will get better.  some days you’re just not happy.

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lurking within our life

i wonder what life would look like if we never had to put up with the little inconveniences that pop up.  i think about that future in Star Trek where we have food replicators (thus no more grocery shopping and cooking), transporter beans (no more travel time, especially waiting at the airport and getting delays!), and maybe even robots (no more cutting the grass).  imagine all that time saved and what we could do with it.  then again, maybe there’s an intangible benefit of having to fix that stupid broken sprinkler head or having to learn to cook for yourself.  if only i could quantify the intangible.

i think you know what i was going for with this comic strip – a slow zoom over Finn’s shoulder to something ominous.  in retrospect, i think i should’ve zoom in further in those last two panels.  for example, in the fourth panel, only have Finn’s shoulder visible, and then the last panel shows the details of the blades of grass and bigger eyes in the dark.

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don’t get me wrong, i definitely look up to those who make a conscious choice to control their life instead of those who just chalk it up to fate.  i think it takes a lot of ownership and responsibility to say the reason your life is the way it is, is because of you.  by knowing that simple truth, it opens up the door to change so many things that we would otherwise blame something else for.  there’s just so little time in this world, why wouldn’t we try everything we can to improve our happiness?  i acknowledge though, despite our best efforts, life throws you a curve ball and sometimes it’s a strike, but sometimes it’s a home run.  (yeah, that’s right, i just used a sports reference.)

pretty happy with the artwork for this week’s strip.  i like how i took my time with the console controls to get the details just right.  i do think my art work could be more lively.  for example, that last panel could’ve been more exciting if i drew the car more ‘animated’ and perhaps jerked up.

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how could i forget you

i’ve always been fascinated with the presence a person makes.  i like people watching, especially observing leaders (from world leaders to people to who lead meetings to characters in movies).  i’ve noticed little things they do that i’ll call a trend that leaders do.  for example, they usually come to meeting right on time – not early and not late.  just on time.  also, they usually do not take notes or barely bring anything with them.  i’ve also found depending on how charismatic that person is, determines if that person comes off as effective or a prick.  how does this discussion relate back to today’s comic strip?  i think first impressions count.  i encourage you to work on your first impression.

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feels good to finally get some closure.  i know not all relationships that end warrant this kind of civil discussion, especially not right away.  i would think that if you had the opportunity though, even years later, it might be worth your time.  even though we’ve probably changed and grown quite a bit since, there’s probably still something to learn upon reflection.  if you’re dating someone right now, make sure they’re ok with it before you reach out to your past!

that quote came from Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (1989) by Grant Morrison and art by Dave McKean.  i’m pretty proud of this week’s strip.  it’s not very often the final product actually comes out the way i wanted it to.  i used Copic markers to get the tree backgrounds.

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i understand.

i remember back in high school taking Chemistry.  the teacher was explaining how  rotated at certain orbits around the nucleus, and how elements could combine when they were both missing the right electrons at the right orbit.  in order to make sense of all this, i had to picture in my head what was going on.  turns out, years later, what i pictured was totally wrong!  the point is even if it’s not true, if you can explain it to yourself AND it makes sense, just go with it.  i feel like sometimes to make life understandable, you just have to make up some stories.

well, i’m back to the talking heads in this strip.  i found while i was drawing them, just the face and the hands carry so much of the character’s emotion.  everything else (i.e. the arms, shirt, neck, etc.) just simply fall into place.

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this just in

what do you do when you get a huge piece of new information?  are you cool as a cucumber and nothing gets you too worked up?  or does the slightest change send you in a tailspin?  there’s no right or wrong, just what you want to be and what you currently are.  just take it as a data point and if you’re far from what you envision yourself, then well, it might be time to do something about it.  either change what you think you should be, or start practicing that new you.

this week’s story dropped a bombshell!  then again, most of you guessed.  hey, i never said story writing was my strong suit.  and from the looks of this week’s art, neither are backgrounds!  have no fear, the return of some higher quality art returns next week.  i’m currently building up my backlog again and i work much better without a deadline.

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first off, i never said this comic strip would be funny.  sorry for all the seriousness, but i do have some fun strips planned in the future.

this week we revisit a common theme in finn comics, which is the concept that love is sometimes a matter of timing.  whether it is one person is a relationship not ready to take it to the next level or meeting someone awesome but you’re already in a relationship, sometimes timing is the only thing standing in the way.  what could’ve happened if you were both ready to take it to the take level?  or if you met that person, you were single and able to do something about it?  perhaps life is comprised of all these near misses, like asteroids flying about the universe and none of the big ones hit Earth.  (except for the one that wiped out the dinosaurs!)

what do you think about the background?  not sure if it makes sense or not.  i was trying to be artistic and so something different with the trees in the far off distance yet show a patch of dark grass stuff around the bench.  only proves i really need to work on my backgrounds.

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thinking past

it feels like i used to have more time back then to reflect on things.  whether it was being in the gym longer or more music during car rides, i felt like i had ample time to think about life and all the small nuances of it.  life just seems to get more busy all the time, so there’s probably an art to simplifying it.  maybe it’s through these small moments of reflection that we distill life into the basics, allowing us to see what’s important and not.  and if life is too busy, it keeps getting busier because we haven’t had time to think about it.  life creep.

in the first panel, i used a new white ink pen i found online.  it looks great when you first apply it because it’s so white, but after it dries, it’s not quite as white and the black behind it makes it look more gray than anything.  in any case, a fun pen with silky smooth ink that just flows.   found using white out (although it gave a whiter white) a bit cumbersome to use.  with the last panel, i thought i’d throw in a little color to punch it up some.  pow!

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