taking a cue from my favorite comic strip of all time, Calvin & Hobbes, throwing in some poems with the art.  although, Bill Watterson’s were usually also funny.  i’ll work on that.

so, we wrap up another Finn adventure.  where is his next adventure taking him?  find out next week for a doozy!

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take me home

it feels good to be saved.  whether it is via religion, your partner, or even yourself, the feeling of being safe after struggling for so long is a restful spite.  as much as i’m a proponent of working hard each and everyday to get further in life and in your goals, every once in awhile you just need to rest and really enjoy how far you’ve come in life.  that’s how i feel when i get several hours to just get lost in my artwork or a video game.  i enjoy sitting in my art studio, turning up the volume on my music, and loosing track of time for awhile.

pretty happy with how the art turned out this week.  i’m really trying to work on my ability to fill in background spaces.  i think my strategy may be to go overboard with background details, to get used to it, and then dial back on it eventually.  if i know i can fill in background details, then it won’t be so scary for me.

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defeat on so many levels

what does it take to defeat your inner demons?  does the confrontation happen all at once, or is it gradual, over time?  maybe it’s like how the movie Dragon describes it and how it haunts the family of Bruce Lee for generations.  a feeling of insecurity that passes onto you and now it’s up to you to do something about it.  i have to believe, in the end, it’s always better to have faced your demons than run from it.  whether it is today or years from now, just make sure you address it.

with this strip, we arrive at the end of another Finn adventure.  what did you think?  did you see this coming?  i know one of my friends did!  i was trying to be much more symbolic with that first panel but i’m still happy with it.  i also thought playing off the same pose worked in the transition of panel 1 to 2.  do you see the outline of the sand take the same shape of the kidnapper too?

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fighting angry!

sometimes it’s ok to get angry.  even though i don’t like it, i know it’s a natural emotion.  i feel as long as it doesn’t lead to any destructive behaviors or actions, the feeling itself can propel ourselves to something even greater.  i mean, without the feeling, the motivation to do ‘something’ might be weak.  but if you’re angry, well, you’re super motivated to do that ‘something.’  so, i say, give in to it in a controlled environment, then ultimately use it to do better.  for me, i’ve been getting angry with my slow progression in developing my artwork, so hopefully you’ll see me redouble my efforts to get better.

speaking of art, when i finished that third panel, i was pretty happy.  but now, a few weeks later, it looks a bit off.  i think i should’ve added more dark shadows and shading, to make it fit in with the other panels.  also, that first panel should’ve been a bit more details.  i probably got lazy with those dashed lines.

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let’s dance

when you’re feeling down for whatever reason, there’s really only two choices – to fight harder or just give up.  in that situation, i wonder how people decide which route to take.  is it just something innate in us?  or is it something we can train ourselves to deal better with?  i hope it’s the latter with life’s little struggles and how we deal with them that will hopefully tell the world what we’re really made of.  hmm, i guess that means i should get away from this computer and start exercising!

as some of you may know, Finn comics has first and foremost always been a way for me to experiment with my art and get better at it.  ultimately, i’d love to work in the comic book industry and be a professional comic book artist.  therefore, i’ve been trying to introduce more dynamic and action scenes into Finn, to get me more experience.  i hope you’re up for the adventure as Finn’s story gets more fantastical!

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i know you

have you ever met someone that had you all figured out?  someone who knew your personality type, could predict how you react, and, most importantly, which buttons to press to get you going?  so, what do you do in that situation?  for me, i feel like my back is against the wall and there’s no where to go.  i want to fight, but if this person knows me so well, they will also know how to counter any moves.  what do you do with that person that gets under your skin?

i was going for that really dark, ominous feeling in the first panel.  i think i got lazy trying to make the black shadows from the copic markers.  but i’m pretty happy with that last panel and the contours of his face.

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and just like that, everything changes

how far do you push?  you know you want more.  more is never enough.  (i stole that last line from the upcoming new movie The Wolf of Wall Street!)  so in life, how far do you push before you should settle and just be happy.  if you just resign yourself to being happy and not pushing for much at all, is that so bad?  i guess it depends on who you ask and what they value.  i think that’s when it gets confusing and dangerous – when other people’s values are reflected on you.  now you’re living to someone else’s standard and expectations.  don’t let that happen.

a whopping six panels!  and if i had done better planning, i think there would’ve been a seventh panel where i show that saleslady saying something funny after Finn has been kidnapped.  and yes, that’s what’s going on, Finn has been kidnapped!  clearly this comic strip is going into new territory and i hope you’ll stick with me on this journey.  i feel like i’m breaking one of my cardinal rules for this comic strip, which was to make every story relate-able.  well, hopefully you can still relate to the message i’m trying to make in this story arch.  enjoy!

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skip the reason

so, is this Finn trying to escape or is it him actively trying to find something more than what he had in his life back home?  does it matter the reason why he’s on this journey?  in the end, Finn walks away with a lot more adventure, and a lot more life experiences, which can only make him more well-rounded and worldly.  i guess i’m just wondering if it matters the reason why someone does something, as long as the end result is a positive.  does the end justify the means for Finn?

in regards to the artwork, there were a couple things I tried out this week.  first off, adding some characters that are not just skinny, stick figure types.  hopefully you’ll see more people of all shapes and sizes soon.  also, i’m working on lighting and ink shading.  not sure how well i did on either of these fronts.  and i guess Finn got paid enough (reference the last story arc) to fly first class!

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the future

i enjoy and despise those moments when i realize there are so many possibilities yet i have to narrow it down to just one. it’s so much fun to entertain all those possibilities, but reality has to eventually set in, and it becomes a matter of simply choosing the best option.  we probably do it everyday in making these decisions, some more important than others.  like i heard somewhere once, we consider all the known data and make the best choice we can.

for this week, i was trying to practice facial expressions and conveying as much emotion as i can with just a look.  also, i wanted to test the limits of shading in inks.  well, with that, another story arc for Finn comes to an end.  what did you think about it?

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get over here!

i won’t belabor the point since it’s been made so many times before.  the point being, it’s not about looks and superficial features, it’s the way a person acts that counts.  i recently attended a workshop where they were teaching us about micro-biases.  micro-biases are tiny behaviors that we all do, on average 2,000 times a day, that somehow pre-judge, discriminate, or send some sort of signal what you think.  the key is to try to be aware of our behaviors so we at least control that much before making up our minds.

as for the artwork, what can i say, it was a great excuse to draw some comic super heroes.  for the comic book art, i actually penciled it all, and went straight to scanning.  i replied on Photoshop to make it look like ink.  hope you enjoy it!

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