Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Rooster Story

I mentioned in the first post a project that is presently on the drawing board. Here's the protagonist of that story. I'm not sure what his name is yet, or if this is the final character design. I have about five more pages to draw before I have to have an answer to either of these questions. Plenty of time! Right?


J Chris Campbell said...

How about a little info on what you use to create these wonderful illustrations? Whaddayah say?

Joel Priddy said...

Nothing too fancy. These images all happen to have been drawn in the same Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook. These have really nice paper, but I'm just as likely to be working on Bristol Board or an a regular old Strathmore Recycled sketchbook. I pencil with whatever is handy, usually a school-yellow No. 2. And I use whatever ink is near to hand.

The only things I tend to be per-snickety about when it comes to drawing are my brushes (Winsor-Newton red sable Series 7 No. 4), and the humidity. I hate it when those crisp little ink lines bleed out. And, living in the swamp-murk of gawdforsakenmemphistennessee, this is a common issue. So I have this massive dehumidifier in my studio, which keeps things at a martini-like 35% humidity.

J Chris Campbell said...

Wow. That's neat info to know. I'd never heard that humidity effected bleed. I always thought it was all the paper's fault.

I've never used a brush for drawing. I don't really have a steady hand so I'm sure it would be a total mess.

You've got some pretty nice line work.
How much do you usually reduce your drawings?

Joel Priddy said...

I tried for years to figure out how to use a brush, and gave up in frustration every time. Then, one year, it clicked. Probably because I had just discovered the New Yorker cartoons of Peter Arno. His brushwork is gorgeous in a simple, overstated way that makes it easy to learn from, if hard to replicate.

The rooster book I'm working on right now is being drawn at 200% of print size. This is unusual for me, I tend to stay in the neighborhood of 120%. Pulpatoon: Pilgrimage was drawn pretty much at reproduction size, if I recall correctly. But I now have this oversized scanner, so I thought I'd give myself the luxury of drawing big. I hope this won't result in cramped, over-rendered panels.