Hello Again…

Psst! Refresh yourself by catching up on the story so far here.

I’m Back

It’s been a long few months since I’ve posted pages, but rather than getting into all of that, I’m here now so let’s talk comics. Woohoo!

FS_0.9_finalAbove: Page 9

The thing I’m most excited about with these three new pages is that somewhere in the middle of them I switched back to using a dip pen for inking. I wrote a bit about dip pens and markers like the Pigma Micron markers I’ve been using for most of the issue, but basically the biggest difference in terms of the look these two tools achieve is this: the markers have a hard, fixed-width nib, whereas the point of the dip or crow quill pen is flexible and allows the width of the lines it makes to vary with the amount of pressure applied.

20170710_081058.jpgAbove: Dip pen with Hunt 102 nib, Pigma Micron markers.

And here’s a closeup of the difference it makes:

Detail of a panel inked with a micron pen (left) and a dip pen (right)

Art markers like the micron pen are easy to use and great if what you want is a uniform line, but they can also appear stiff, among other things. When it comes down to it, using the micron pens makes me feel like I’m more or less tracing over my pencil lines. By contrast, when I use the dip pen I feel like I’m actually drawing, and my strokes are a lot less rigid.

I tried using a dip pen to ink the first few pages of this comic, but among other things I kept gouging the bristol with the pen nib and couldn’t seem to keep it properly loaded or the ink smoothly flowing. Like most things it was just a matter of practice, and I’m happy to say I can now use the dip pen with a reasonable amount of control and speed. Achievement: unlocked!

FS_0.10_finalAbove: Page 10

Bleed Damage

With my new tool comes new challenges, though, and this time it was bleed. Horrible, fuzzy ink bleed on my nice new pages. Here’s a shot of what I’m talking about:

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Above: some pretty nasty ink bleed

I wasn’t sure whether it was the nib, the ink, the paper, or a demonic curse that was causing the problem (turns out it was the ink), but you know what? I was able to fix the worst of it in photoshop, and now I know.

FS_0.11_finalAbove: Page 11

That’s enough technical stuff for now.

In other news, I had an art show opening last week! I submitted a piece to a group show in Whitehorse called “The True North Strong & Geek.” The show is a lead-up to our local con, YukomiCon, returning to the Yukon next month! I’ll be talking more about YukomiCon soon, but here’s a link to the website if you’re looking for a cool convention in an unconventional city: www.yukomicon.com┬áBy the way, the website banner features some advertising illustration I did for them this year.

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Above: Me with my triptych of greek goddesses at the True North Strong & Geek opening
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Above: Me with my husband, daughter, mom and grandma at the opening

I know it’s been awhile, so thank you for coming back. ┬áThank you.

Jess

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