Ok, here it is... the comic strip I've alluded to. It's called "Goofballs" (as in hopped up on goofballs) and is an attempt to enjoy traditional materials a bit more, and draw a few gags in the process. These days I do a lot of illustration, and I miss the comic strips I used to do for my own comic Cruel World and magazines. I've really tried to keep things simple with these. It's all old-school materials; #2 sable brush, india ink and ink wash for grey tone on bristol or watercolour paper. I do use a couple of japanese pens for the lettering, too. And while I love black and white art, I know there are many people out there that need a colour hit... so I've added a quick wash of digital colour as well.
While I could do these a lot cleaner digitally, I'm using the strips as an exercise in 'letting go' a little. I'd like to see these get looser, still. And I'm trying to work fast - even leaving in most of my mistakes after I scan them. It adds character right?
Please let me know what you think. I'm still finding my feet in terms of the style, characters and humour, as well as trying out some new papers, inks, pens, and brushes to see what works the best. I'm not locking myself into a set cast or format; I have a single panel gag on the way, too.
But enough waffling...
A Visit From God