I’ve managed to get out another diary comic this week. When I started inking it I left off the borders and I think it actually works nicely that way. Below is the sketch of the comic so you can see my process a little bit. I’m trying to get in a lot of comics practice right now because I’m working on a new, spooky all-ages comic for a project over at Illopond.com. That being said, if you have any critiques please pass them along! I have thick skin, I promise.
I’ve also been working with my character design for the spooky story (the working title is The Detention). I’m working on getting my protagonist just right so I thought I’d post a few more sketches of him for Sketchbook Month.
I’ve been trying to find the time to do some diary comics now and then. My husband hasn’t been giving me enough fodder for “CPK” (which is probably better for him!) so I’m going to supplement them with these. The whole point is get practice with comics and find my voice and storytelling style anyway.
Last week we were lucky enough to be chosen in the Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey lottery to help bottle the whiskey. This is expensive stuff and we were almost out of after-dinner drinks so the timing was perfect.
It’s not quite a CPK comic, but obviously my husband and the dog have made another appearance. A few big projects have gotten in the way of my comics-making which has been frustrating, but I did manage to get this quick one done. It was drawn on a Moleskine folio sketchbook and I had some issues finding the right tool for drawing in it. I started the first panel with microns but they soaked in too much and when I erased pencil lines it lifted some of the ink. Then I switched to a Tachikawa School G Nip pen which worked a bit better, but it bleeds a little and it’s harder to get a super thick line. I think I’ll have to go with a dip pen for future projects in this particular book. I bought the book so I could collect all my comics in one place. Right now it seems silly but when it’s full of comics I know I’ll enjoy looking back through it.
Finally I am back in the comics game! I’ve spent some time away from producing comics myself, but this year I’m jumping back into them. I am working on a story for an all-ages graphic novel and, in the meantime, I’m starting this webcomic to get back in the habit. I’m hoping to keep it updated on a weekly basis.
“CPK: cranky-pants Kondrich” is a comic based on my adorably curmudgeonly husband who is prone to ranting and overreaction. Don’t worry, he fully endorses CPK and won’t be insulted. Enjoy and please tell me what you think!