Wednesday, September 23, 2009
day 21 & 22: Danger Girl
Today I am posting 2 days worth of drawing since last night I was just too dead to finish the first page. I did about half an hour last night -and so today I finished off that page and did the 2ND day of Danger Girl.
I also want to apologize for the fuzzy images. Something is up with my camera - and I haven't had time to work it out, but rest assured it's bothering me so I will eventually fix it.
I hate to say it -but out of all the comics I drew from so far, this one is hands down the most fun. I think the campy nature of it has a lot to do with it.
One of the many challenges I found working here was trying to deal with the stylized proportions. These girls have crazy hips and legs. The Anatomy may not be accurate, but it is fun to draw. I also love the way Campbell draws noses, eyes and eyebrows. He does fantastic hair too -and hopefully as I explore Danger Girl more - I can discover some tricks in these areas and pick up on the design specifics.
For these two pages, I stayed loose with the hair - not trying to match exactly, but tomorrow I will try and pay more attention. One thing that I did try and do was break up the hair into a few chunks, rather than focus on each strand of hair individually. I know I didn't succeed 100%, but I feel that I am on the right track with that.
Another thing I discovered while working on these pages is the use of the right tools. For stage 1 I used an 'H' pencil. For those that don't know - H - is a hard lead, so that you get a very light line. It allowed me to draw forcefully without worrying that my drawing would become to dark. In areas of stage 2 where there was overlap - It did get a bit messy, but I tried to focus on one form at a time to overcome this.
You can see what I am talking about in the 2ND page - 1st panel where the girls left arm comes out of the side of her shoulder. I used a cube for the chest/back and cylinders for the arms. the arm cylinder overlaps the cube which makes it kind of messy - but this is ultimately solved in stage 3 when i cleaned it up.
When I got to stage 3, I switched to an Ebony pencil (that's a brand name) that is much softer (perhaps the equivalent of a 2b or 6b pencil) which meant that I was able to get a much darker line that easily stood out above the H pencil drawing underneath.
A final problem I had tonight was with the shape of the girl's face in the 2ND page - especially the proportion of the jaw. This is something I hope to work out better in stage 2 tomorrow.
See ya tomorrow with more Danger Girl.