Archive for December, 2007

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Blog: A Tablet a Day…

Blog: December 15th, 2007

TabletI am terrible at using drawing tablets. I must have practiced using the thing for years and still can’t get the hang of it. Sketching directly into Photoshop without waiting for a scanner to warm up would be a huge timesaver. (Yes, Breakpoint is still drawn with pen and paper, albeit colorformed together in Photoshop.) In practice though, using my Wacom tablet is like trying to draw through a black hole, hoping that what comes out the other end isn’t a pile of scribbly anti-matter.

Not sure what it is about the tablet that I get hung up on. Part of it is the “feel” of drawing, in that the tablet has none. The markers I use have a little grip to them upon contact with the paper, while the plastic nib on the Wacom stylus feels more like drawing on frictionless ice. I’m one of those folks who mashes the pen into the paper like a gorilla, so maybe that’s the problem. Then there’s the whole mental block of drawing in one place while looking at another. I have no clue why my hand-eye coordination can move Mario through the Mushroom Kingdom with the grace of a gymnast, but it can’t let me blindly draw the same cartoon dog I’ve rendered 10,000 times before. It could also be I’m using the dinky, low-end Wacom tablet pictured. Not a lot of surface space to work within… I usually have to put down a line, move the canvas, put down another line, etc. Not very paper-like.

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Blog: You Nauseate Me, ABC.

Blog: December 8th, 2007

They’re selling a $30 DVD now that’s a compilation of all the major animated Christmas specials. Rudolph, Grinch, Frosty… even a few oddball Rankin/Bass specials for good measure. “Hah!” says I, “Who would buy that when they’re on TV for FREE?”

Welp, after catching the holiday trilogy that is The Grinch, Rudolph and Charlie Brown, I think I finally see the reason.

Networks have to fit in 18 or so minutes of commercials every hour– that’s just the way it goes. But these specials were made 40 some years ago, back when that number was a lot smaller. I’m sure they’ve been trimming the fat from the cartoons for years; it’s possible I’ve never actually seen the full version of A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV. But some of the phantom edits being made lately struck me like a frozen can of Who Hash to my skull.

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Loading… SS Inevitable off the port bow

Blog: December 3rd, 2007

Well, who didn’t see this coming? Realized I needed two more panels than I had.
At least the next comic is pretty.