Hello. :) I really look forward to your creations and am currently saving to get a chance to buy your prints in the future. ^^ I wanted to ask your feelings when you started tinkering with the idea of the DGM comic? Was it nerve-wrecking? Plus, you've clearly put so much time and hard work in it for it to look so beautiful. I really admire it. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
HELLO THESE!!! ASKS MAKE ME SO HAPPY THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! o(≧∇≦o) This year at uni is pretty much ‘adapt your projects/interests to our demands according to each subject’, so theoretically we’re free to choose whatever, counting on our respective professors’ private tutoring!! I consider myself more of a creator than an illustrator, I try drawing and writing because I needed to find a way to materialize these ideas!! The past two years I’ve been aiming to combine the visual components of an idea with the narrative ones!! That’s why I started putting effort into comics ‘▿’)/ But comics are like the giant t-rex of art……. They not only were scary as fuck- it makes you realize HEAVILY all the knowledge you’re missing, the limits of your art, how much it sucks in general orz- but also very frustrating. I think I also had huge expectations from the beginning without even realizing… You need lots of patience, sacrifice and self-discipline for comics… _(」∠ ､ﾝ､)_ But!!!! After reading D.Gray-man, BOY WASN’T I VIBRATING THE STORY IS SO AMAZING THE WORLD THE CHARACTERS talking with a few friends one day we were like oh wait but single parent Kanda, AND BAM, I!!! was so thrilled!!!!!!!!! From a slow beginning with the idea it soon started running around in my head, it was the only thing I could think of!!!!! Here is the thing: I started drawing the comic because I wanted to have fun and experiment, so already from the start it was bond to be different than the other times. And!!! As I drew pages I didn’t mind AT ALL that the drawing was ugly, that this panel was wrong, this other could have been better, I should have tried a few more sketches before drawing it like this, OH WHAT IF I APPLY SCREENTONES oh man WHAT IF I USE PHOTOSHOP FILTERS WHAT IF THIS ATMOSPHERE WHAT IF THIS LIGHTNING WHAT IF TAMASHI BLUSHES MAD HOW WOULD A 24 Y/O ALLEN LOOK LIKE and like this you got me squeaking in excitement while drawing and that was such a gift.
I forced myself to understand the comic from an online perspective with the idea of setting a navigation for a future webpage (I focused this comic in the prism of multimedia fields, with the idea of comprehending better visual narratives so I could get to the point in which I could develop /an interactive/ comic (do you know ava’s demon?)). I created the simulation of a webpage to incorporate this navigation and interactivity I was talking about, I recorded it to show you!! https://youtu.be/xlDdbMw0yJU
I realized so many things while drawing!!! I enjoy CHARACTERIZATION SO MUCH- this is nothing knew if you’ve following my art for a while orz but!!! There is something so special in learning to build characters with a specific purpose to give x impression to the reader, configure their body language AND the paneling according to the needs of them instead of the script, but also!!! I was very grumpy for a long time because my spatiality and abstraction are non-existent, so drawing backgrounds/depth/space are very difficult to grasp for me. BUT THEN I REALIZED I… don’t need it???? I don’t need to master backgrounds to situate the reader in scene!! Something like this is enough!!!!:
These are very lazy and poor backgrounds orz but they’re enough to set a background narrative -> they’re in the castle -> they’re walking through the castle -> they arrive at the dining hall. I fooled around with backgrounds for uni assignments this semester too and!!!!! I noticed I don’t want to draw super amazing backgrounds I want to paint atmospheres!!! I think- within the same page- the information of this panel:
is more and better than the previous:
it sets a mood, the direction of lightning helps translating the motion of Allen’s pose, the details of the flowers and the architecture kind of pauses the lecture, sets a calm, intimate atmosphere helped by the palette…? (//▽//)ゞWhich is like an intake of oxygen after the previous updates in which Kanda just sends them all to hell…!!
So!! THIS COMIC FROM THE BEGINNING FELT LIKE!!! A HUGE EXCITING ADVENTURE!! o(≧∇≦o) i can’t wait to see how my art will evolve the different things I will learn what else I will realize/explore how will I try to convey language through color, expression, bodies!! ACTION SCENES!!! I!! want to try drawing pretty!!! And delicate!!!!!! I want Allen to look kind, beautiful, play with his different types of smile, to give off this vibe of tenderness and innocence, BUT ALSO THE FIERCE DETERMINATION HE HAS IN BATTLE, in his own ideals, whereas I’d like to try Kanda looking feral, sharp, play with high/low angles for his panels (so in contrast with allen’s in which the perspective is simple and calm Kanda’s are somewhat visceral). BUT ALSO LEARN TO DRAW LENA, AND LAVI!! Their relationship will be developed between lines so the way they stand next to each other, look at each other, hand language, ALL OF THAT WILL BE SO INTERESTING TO WORK ON!!!!! I’M!!! SO EXCITED!!! orz where is christmas i need it now…