Sunday, March 6, 2011

Here Comes The Nightmare



I did this three page comic as a sort of extra feature. I did it for fun, because I love monsters, but also for practice. I do enough of the same four-panel schtick every week, and I wanted to see if I could break away from that, and from the usual goofiness of the strip. Sometimes it's fun to put your characters in a completely different tone and setting.

I also need serious practice with shading, and I set this as a challenge to see if I could come close to my hero, Jeff Smith's style of dramatic black-only shadowing. I still need a lot of work, but I had fun doing it.

All credit for the ending to this comic goes to my big sister, :iconlily-fox: who actually used to do this with her Calvin and Hobbes books to ward off monsters as a kid. I fully believe it would work.

4 comments:

  1. Damn! Try reloading and if that doesn't work, you can go see it here: http://elephantblue.deviantart.com/

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  2. I really liked this! Though I had to follow the link to deviantart. I agree with many of the comments about pacing and texture, etc. But I do have to say that the monster in certain views owes a huge debt the Jeff Smith and "Bone." I hope you do more of this.

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  3. More highly-stylized, dramatic, yes--I could go on in this vein for as long as preachers preach.
    Which is 'way too long, mostly.
    A nice tribute at the close.
    But your 4-panels are like haiku humor; not a medium to disparage.
    Much of Watterson's work was realized in short form.
    Brevity is, indeed, the soul of wit.
    Don't give up.
    Grace and peace,
    Pastor Harry, preacher of "Brevity Gospel"
    (a registered trademark of The Brevity Gospel Corp.)
    KISS

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