reaching another level

so, this week’s strip is a throwback to the comic strips of March to June 2012.  it was about when Finn had a falling out with a friend and decided to cut him out.  after some growth and maturity, we may realize the decisions we made back then, we would do differently today.  the question is will we correct our past transgressions?  it’s hard and humble to confront our own failings, so no wonder it’s not done very often.

for the artwork, i am pretty happy with that last panel since i drew it with no model or live picture reference.  everytime i do that, the body posture may not turn out right, but it does make it more cartoony, and thus more ‘life-like.’  as fo that second panel, i took that from a a picture of a President pondering out the window.

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what is this all about?

i wonder how many of you all out there have had such a journey or moment n life, when you experienced a new level of insight and self-awareness.  i don’t think it happens too often, but i think you have to both paying attention and open to it, for it to actually change you.  for me, i find myself all too often running between event 1 to event 3 and onward to event 50 before i catch my breath.  but when i do, when i choose to take a moment for myself, boy do i feel great!

it’s back to the “talking heads” type comic strip!  when Watterson had to do these, he’d put Calvin & Hobbes in a toboggan and send them over a hill crashing.  for me, i’m working on body expressions and gestures.  hope you like it!

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well, this is it folks, time for a new beginning for Finn and his upcoming adventures.  today, we say goodbye to a cast of characters that has been with Finn throughout for several years now.  Ace, representing the part of Finn that has the confidence and charisma for any situation.  Remy, the part of Finn that’s in touch with his inner self.  Alex, the academic and knowledgeable aspect of Finn.  Owen, the hands-on, no non-sense kind of man.  and Ivy, the ever-present part of Finn that is vain and selfish.  without them, his friends, Finn would’ve been nothing.  from here on out, we’ll see what the future brings!

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it’s in the air

that’s right, sometimes you just need a change.  i think, even if things are going ok and things aren’t broken, you should STILL invoke a change.  i think through change, we learn about so much about ourselves as well as the world around us.  and i for one, want to learn as much about myself and what i’m capable of, if only to know my limits.  so, as we approach the new year, what’s going to be your resolution?

artwork wise, i enjoyed the subtle perspective changes throughout the panels.  very slight, but i enjoyed the challenge of arranging the characters to make the dialogue work.  also, i can’t deny i love any excuse to draw a cape and cowl!

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style guide

there’s the athlete.  the hipster.  the mystery guy.  there’s all kinds of people out there, each with their own style when it comes to being attractive to folks.  i think my only point here is you can’t just copy another person’s style.  trust me, i’ve tried copying Justin Timberlake’s look but all i end up with is Jackie Chan!  i do like those Esquire, Details, GQ magazines, but i read them to pick up tips, in hopes of making it my own style.  so, i encourage you to find your own style and be yourself!


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watch closely

i really enjoy people watching.  every so often, when i’m in a restaurant or a dance club, i just like to look around and make up stories for people.  are they on a date?  why haven’t they said a word to each other for the past half an hour?  some of the most interesting is when you catch someone making a move.  you get to see what tactic they use and if they crash and burn or actually pull it off.  it’s all very exciting!  like most things, the more you observe, the better you’ll be at identifying things within yourself.

so, i’m not really big into background details.  so, when i started this, it made sense to have Ace in a chair.  but then i realize, why would a chair like that be at a club, if that’s where they are.  in any case, i have to do a better job creating a believable atmosphere but like this strip, i have no idea where they are!

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give in to the game

let’s all agree on one thing – we don’t like to play games in relationships.  but… what’s considered a game?  how about manipulation?  how about influencing or persuading?  where do you draw the line?  does it depend if the motive is for selfish wants or for the betterment of the relationship?  it just seems that we’re all very quick to agree that playing games  is bad.  but let’s consider what we ourselves do when we want something, from anybody.

artwork wise, i’m sporting my new technique, which involves using thicker outlines for the characters at 0.7mm and thinner lines for the details, at 0.2mm.  and i’m really digging working from models again.  it just looks better!

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should friends ever fight?  i’d like to think not but i know the majority of friends do fight and they’re all the stronger for it.  but what can you reasonably fight about?  politics?  religion?  girls/guys?  let’s focus on that last topic.  is it really ok for friends to fight over a potential love interest?  most of the time, it’s the love relationships that come and go, and the friends that last through it all.  but in the grand scheme of things, when you meet the right person, that love relationship will last your entire life.  so, should you fight for it?  hmm.

yeah, i apologize for that last panel.  going without reference, i was trying to figure it out by hand, kinda like sculpting using a pencil and paper.  in the end, i don’t think i got it right.  but i do like that second panel with Ace!

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talk to me. for real.

so, are you speaking the right language?  i mean, when you talk to your friends or family, are you saying the things that will resonate and actually mean something to them?  chances are you do, but it’s always good to make a conscious thought if you are doing that.  let me explain myself a bit more.  some people like to talk about themselves.  are you asking them lots of questions?  some people want to laugh.  are you playing off each other and joking a lot?  some want deep conversations.  so, are you opening up yourself enough?  and then finally, ask yourself, what do you want out of a friendly chat.  and see if your friend and family do a good job of doing just that.

i enjoyed the art this week.  i really feel like i’m about to break into another level of art.  this week i didn’t really use too much real-life references, so that’s gotta mean something.  and the car ‘jumping’ off the pavement and the half-head of Ace.  i’m telling you, things are a changing!

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find the true reason

let me be shallow and you can hate me for a bit.  i think there’s actual scientific proof that hotter people get more leeway in life.  for instance, hotter people get more dates.  BUT, just because you’re hot, doesn’t mean the relationship will last very long or be very happy.  if you’re hot,  the relationship may last longer than if you weren’t, but in the end, it’s still a doomed relationship.  so, what’s the message?  that it takes true compatibility or some type of connection to actually sustain a relationship.  whether it’s one week, one month, or one year, there will come a day when you realize, “wow, i’m dating this person because they are awesome, inside and out.”

super fun drawing this week.  c’mon, Finn doing a bird impression!  and a tiny side story of how Ace is such a player by getting girl’s numbers in the background.  classy.

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