This page is old now. I can’t really believe that it’s actually old. I was pretty excited at the progress of this page (ignore the terrible background in panel one). I’m so frustrated right now. I feel like I’m ice-skating uphill while chasing my own tail. I haven’t been this close to giving up entirely on this project ever. But I’m not going to do it. However, looking at everything that I have done to this point makes me feel like an abject failure at what I am doing. I was putting out pages that have been substandard. The art has been terrible, and the pacing has also suffered because of how I rushed to put pages together.
Atrocious. Nothing short of atrocious.
Anyway, this is a scene from what happens once Hit and Run make their attack against the agents. When I drew this page originally, I was hopeful that it was going to be a good one, but when I look at it now, I am not sure it has the same potential that I originally thought. I don’t think that I will abandon it per se, but I am definitely giving it some consideration. Let me see what happens after I adjust some things in Photoshop and draw some more elements onto the page.
With everything that I just said, I still think it has some potential. I just need to pull my head out of my own rear end and get the page done. I like the angles, foreshortening, and the story telling of the page itself. The poor drawing is what is bothering me about the page now.
My frustration may want me to quit, but I guess I am just too stupid to do that. I’ll be working harder–especially over the next few days–to produce more work. I know I start my busy schedule soon, but I will not let that stop me anymore. I can’t set a date for when I’ll be rolling with the weekly pages again, but I want to just get enough done so that when I do I can at least put out, at least, three to six months worth of material.
Anyway, enough of the rant.
I’ve got a back injury that pretty much has me immobilized, so it’s difficult for me to get things done, as I’m pretty much in constant pain (I’ve actually been prescribed valium–wow). I see now why people with injured backs self-medicate; I’ll never look at people who get strung-out on drugs because of the pain in their backs.
Anyway, when I looked over all of the pages for The Cause recently, I came to the conclusion that I pretty much need to redraw almost everything–even the pages that I’ve already shown. Now, I know that I don’t really have the time to do that per se, but I think I will probably be redrawing a few more things than I planned to originally redraw. And, of course, I will be reposting those redraws here as well. The next redraw that I wanted to show was something that I hadn’t originally planned to redraw.
I changed the position of the pose of the main figure because I think this angle and position communicates “pensive” a bit more. And again, I was going for more of a “natural” flow to the figures. I’ll be redrawing the panels with Allan Tabor and Jennifer Rude later this week. I’ll probably even color this page if I get ahead of what I have planned for this week.
What Arnold would say…
Originally, when I drew the page where Agent Black was pouring coffee and providing the reader with his info dump, I was trying to provide visual interest. That is, I was trying not to just have a talking head, spouting information on the page. I wanted there to be something a bit more interesting. Well, this time I think I achieved that. The redraws here look–flow–a bit more effectively:
I know it’s taken me a very long time to do what I am doing, and there really hasn’t been much reward for the people who have been regular followers. But I will try my absolute hardest to make sure that I post something every week–even if it’s a just a note that says “no post today”, I’ll do it.
Until later in the week–Arnold.
Well, I figured that I would share another redraw. This one is for the splash page of Agent Black in Chapter 2. Here was the original:
Now here is the redraw. I haven’t finished it yet, but I think it’s already much better than before:
I promise: I haven’t been just sitting around and doing nothing. I have been producing art that is meaningful to the series. I promise to get back to it, but I really have to step it up.
As always, hang in there with me.
So, I’ve been redrawing and touching up pages. Here is a look at Page One which is touched up and pretty close to what the final image will look like:
Here is a look at Page Two and Three (sans letters):
While I don’t really have the time to go back in and redraw everything, I am going to touch up what I can. I think these pages are an improvement. I’ll be updating the site to include these pages.