Andrick wrote:Ig! Matt, you've come a long way in your drawing style and it clearly shows with the improvements you've made and the confidence you've shown in taking up greater changes in your art. But, damn, that second perspective shot on 16Dec was way off. The shadowing was a nice touch. Overall, you are getting better - even the mistakes are better. Kudos to you for doing something far and away better than what I could and striving for better.
Hey, Andrick! Good to hear from you.
I hated this strip (Monday, Dec 16) when I first drew it; it didn't look anything like what I had in my head when I wrote it. I hated the first panel, I hated the second panel, and I felt the third was a bit of a cop-out. Then I really
buggered it up inking, and had a lot (read: a lot
) of work to do in the GIMP to clean it up. But after I was done I felt that it wasn't nearly as bad as I had originally thought. It still wasn't what I'd wanted it to be, but it was better than I'd thought. I guess I needed a little temporal distance from it.
I assume you're referring to the the floor-line when you talk about the botched perspective? Because I agree. I find myself with a hard time figuring out how floor lines are supposed to show, especially when they are supposed to be receding into the background, and I muck it up consistently. I also have a bad habit of placing the "camera" at the characters' eye-level, and then drawing the whole picture as though everything were at eye-level; that is, with no perspective. It's very medieval, but it doesn't make things look right.
has said that he makes a regular practice of drawing things in his strip that he can't draw, therefore making himself learn. I don't do this nearly as much as he does, but it's about the only way I'm learning. This is one of the reasons I said that I was relieved to go back to drawing talking head strips for a while. I know that I don't have any problems with THEM.