[Media Meandry] Wafflehouse Drafts Two-Part-Three

For this ENDLESS WAR contest comic I accidentally bit off more than I could chew, I’m reaching its minimum viable product stage. I have one more panel remaining, then I’ll go back through, do major remaining detailing, and call it good enough. For something like the picture below, I could add more details, but I spent two hours and 40 minutes coloring and texturing this picture from its first draft, which was maybe a twenty-minute drawing?

It’s fun, but I don’t think I have the interest or energy for big projects like this.

As I’ve considered before, I might if I could get some financial incentive from making comics or if I could use the comics format like this to tell my own stories, but doing something like this was a little bit more work than I wanted to do. As it goes. Sometimes, you’ve got to experiment with your limits to see where they are, and figure out that, sure, it is possible for me to crank out a six-panel, full-color comic in less than two weeks, but there are other things I’d rather be doing, especially if they can help recalibrate my spine.

Still, it’s been a fun project and I’d like to do more in the future.

I would just need to reduce my scope for future contest entries. It’s nice to look at the picture and think back to certain sections of podcasts I was listening to, or general thoughts I might have been having, which is different from writing where there is no abstraction of thought – it’s all right here. There, you’d never know what I was thinking as I was detailing Khan’s hoodie unless I told you. [It was the section of the podcast where they were talking about martial artists.] I do like the idea of having more artistic expression now, thanks to these contests, and thanks to pushing myself artistically as I have, but I’ve also been writing these essays as a way to prevent myself from not going all in as much.

As you can see from this drawing, I’m decent at perspectives, but not great.

There are weird idiosyncratic choices that might get ironed out if I were to draw like this for years, but for me, this is more of a meditative thing that I can do to just zone out to for a few hours. I was mainly stationary for the two-plus hours I spent detailing this picture. I don’t think I even took a sip of water or anything or than moving my mouse around to color, undoing misdrawn lines, or switching over to ENDLESS WAR to !haunt someone. It’s in that sort of body stasis where the mind is more open, and since the sort of art I was doing didn’t rely on my critical thinking, as it does with writing, podcasts – and audiobooks – works well.

Once I’m done with this batch of podcasts, I’ll switch to audiobooks.

There are bits about the page above I’m not happy about.

However, I don’t know how, exactly, to change the tiling to seem to fit more in-line with the wall, so I won’t go back to tough it up for the third and final draft, unless I come up with some good way of making that happen later on. When I look at it now, I’m happy enough to call it done, but I know I wouldn’t be content with calling it done until I go back through and add some textures to the cushions, table, walls, and glass. I don’t imagine it will take too long. I feel like I’m almost done and, worst case, could upload these first five panels as-is and be happy with the results.

This is a battle against the perfectionist in me.

That’s the major reason why I’ve kept to the 20-color format of MS Paint. Given the full-color palette, I could go bonkers, and if I took the time to learn a fancier program, then I could really make something out of all this, but for me, what’s most important is conveying the information. In other shots, I conveyed the details of Cole Slawman’s rickshaw, so here it can be a little less detailed. His table and his appearance were mere stick-figure implications, so here, he gets more details. I drew, applied colors, and some shading, to this picture in… well… now that I think about it, I misspoke earlier.

Both pictures took me three hours; not just the one.

That’s significantly more reasonable. I probably spent one hour on the drawing below and two hours on the drawing above, plus a little more as I wrapped up the last podcast I was listening to, so I’ll leave the numbers above in as they were, in part because when I draw, I don’t think as logically. I will still think critically, but it’s more of a passive listening environment, where my mind is actively smoothing lines out or looking to see what makes sense, so I wasn’t thinking about specific timeframes, nor did I think to take screenshots of when I started or concluded.

I have some screenshots that give me timestamps for certain events.

Drawing Cole Slawman’s face and the texture behind the text on-screen took me 23 minutes. I tend to forget to take screenshots of in-progress shots of drawing the face, but I would say a video where Picasso painted a bull on glass was a major inspiration for how I paint textures by building up lines, even with a 20-color limit. I’m not interested in hyper-realism. The table looks like garbage but you know it’s a table, so there’s no real need to spend much more time making its legs appear better. The focus here is on showing Cole Slawman’s menu of items for sale. That’s what I should remember when I go back through for the final drafts:

Is information being clearly conveyed through the imagery?

If the information is not clear, edit for clarity rather than creativity.

Quotes: None.
Sources: My personal experiences.
Inspirations: For these essays, I haven’t used many writing-related tags, and I’m not convinced anymore of WordPress’s tagging efficiencies. Maybe it will help my readers find similar things by tag, but the subject matter should be enough, I suppose.
Related: Other Media Meandry essays.
Picture: Some more panels.
Written On: 2020 August 04 [1am to 1:30am]
Last Edited: 2020 August 04 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]


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