Thursday, 22 December 2011

Thursday 22nd December - Evolution of a 5 page comic.

These were the initial 4 pages I designed, working from some pretty chaotic and unorganized thumbnails, these were a draft more than anything.

Making limited changes (I should've made more/done some alternative pages, but it was the summer holidays, and Artsfest was more important). I redrew the whole thing onto A3 Watercolour board, and inked with dip nibs and indian ink.

After much rage and frustration was shared over the lettering, the solution was to get more board and pretty much draw over the initial speech and stick it on, hiding it.

An annoying task, which was sheer tediousness at this time of year. But, with that done, it was an easy task to then add digital lettering, with movable and adjustable speech bubbles, so if any issues arise now, it's an easy task to edit.


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Thursday 15th December 2011 - The Ins and Outs of Paper.

Well, ambiguous title, actually, only the concerns of paper within the arena of screen printing. As I recentley had the opportunity to give silk screening a bash with my xmas picture (Can see here: ), I also unintentionally got a crash course in papers which were good, and those not so good.

This is the original: It was made with Indian Ink and Sable Brush on a Highly textured Fabriano Paper at around 325gsm - something which is perfect for inks and watercolours. The original has yet to be painted.

In order of worst to best, this is first. Fabriano Artistico Paper at around 240gsm. It has a slight texture, but even that played around with the silk screen - It was hard to achieve a clean and defined line with all the bevels and nicks in the paper.

This is next, which is a shame, as I bought it especially for my screen prints. Another Fabriano paper, this one has an unknown weight and slight texture. But even that was enough to grant a fuzzy and discontinuous line. The squeegee had to be pulled twice to ensure a half decent line.

This stuff is amazing for anything I've thrown at it so far. Some miscellaneous Bristol Board type paper stock I nabbed from Uni, it has a highly smooth finish, but not glossy. This once again required two pulls, but the lines achieved were the closest to the original out of all the paper stocks tried.

And the best possible that I found. Somerset Watercolour Paper at ~280gsm. This has the smoothness of the bristol board, but combined with the harmonious effects of watercolours achieved on the heavier fabriano papers. The only thing that stopped the Bristol Board being best is it's aversion to inks and colours - it's a very absorbant board.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Friday 9th December 2011 - Working Process Case Study

Yeah, we had to do a 3 minute video outlining our working process for a uni assignment. In short; I hated it. However, the physical act of making, editing, and then reviewing a video is far better than doing a presentation. Plus; I now have something to spam my blog with!

Enjoy, or don't. I don't really care.