My residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is half over and I’ve been getting a lot of really great work done. It took me a few days to find my working groove, but once I did I felt really good about what I was doing. When all of your daily responsibilities and errands (minus grocery shopping and laundry) are removed, there are suddenly so many more hours in a day! So much so that I had to work to increase my drawing stamina. There’s something very satisfying about going to bed with a tired hand/arm because you spent all day drawing and I haven’t had that feeling in a long time.
Above you can see my work area. You can see photos of the whole studio and the rest of the facilities on the center’s website. Working on comics obviously doesn’t need the kind of space that someone working on large oil paintings or sculpture installations does, so I didn’t take a photo of the entire studio which is basically a converted garage with lighting and temperature control (it’s very comfortable!). The table I’m working at is almost the perfect height to stand and work which made me happy, since I’m used to working while standing at home.
Here is a closer view of what I’m working on. You can see almost every phase of the page except the thumbnail version and a painted version. I draw my pencils on bristol and then use my light box to ink onto watercolor paper. Since I intend to paint each page with watercolor, I don’t want pencils on the same page and I don’t want to have to do any erasing. Plus, if I make any mistakes, I can always retrace. No matter what happens, I’ll still have the original pencils to go back to.
Here is a close-up of a page. I am working on the graphic novel that I submitted a proposal for a few months ago. Whether or not the publisher decides to pick it up, I still intend to shop it around or finish it myself (possibly a Kickstarter?). I should be able to start inking pages, maybe even today, and it’s one of my favorite parts!