January 26th, 2006

2010

Sleight of hand

Good morning my cyber office mates and innovators of the future.

For the past few years I sketch my comix layouts at approximately 7" tall by 4.5" wide, and then eyeball them as I transfer each page to bristol board [or, in the case of FALLOUT, watercolor paper] by enlarging my ideas to 15" tall by 10" wide. In that process, I often kick myself for losing some of the raw energy of my initial markings. One solution is to rush to the nearest xerox place, enlarge the layouts, and lightbox transfer them onto the master boards. But, with looming deadlines and 101 reasons to procrastinate, who can afford the time to stall the process with such mechanical sleight of hand? This is an awful conundrum most brilliant cartoonists face on a regular basis.

So, when I sat down to imagine FALLOUT - Part 3, I experimented with reducing my layout phase to 3.5" tall by 2.25" wide in order to achieve two goals: 1] keep some of the raw energy of my layouts for the pencils, and 2] if the narrative looks clear really small, it will sing in its final form. After employing this new method on page one [not shown here], I am happy to report the trick worked.

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