Well the sketch night was fun. Very small turnout this time. Just Luis, Brandon, Trinidad and I. But I really had a blast. We took our first try at doing “one hour” comics. And I think the results were very promising. I feel like this is the most fun I’ve had drawing a comic since my very first one back in 97. No rules, just stream of consciousness. It’s funny how suddenly your obstacles can become a wealth of material when you just throw out the rules. I could have gone on all night if I’d not agreed to meet my girlfriend at midnight. So I’m really looking forward to doing more of these. And looking forward to doing some certain types of material I’ve always wanted to work on in this format.
I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere now. Thinking is my enemy these days. It’s been killing my creativity for years. Normally I would sit down to do something like this and all I could think about are the “rules”. 360 rule, perspective, anatomy, style, storytelling, dialogue order, contrast, shadow, etc… all the thousands of rules I’ve accumulated over the years in my quest to achieve the “perfect” page. But the rules don’t do me a damn bit of good if I’m not having fun. And I haven’t been. Not for ten years. There’s a time for your brain to process the rules. But there’s also a time for just letting your brain play. I lost that somewhere in the portfolio reviews and 5 page previews. I lost that somewhere in the shadow of other talent. But I’m slowly getting it back.