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13

Aug
2009

Thoughts on the Process

0 Ish Good!

CS-preview.jpg This week, more than most weeks, I've done a fair amount of sketching -- of both nemu*nemu and non-comic related stuff.

The way I draw the comic now is quite a departure from how I normally draw (or drew) characters. So every once in a while, I feel the urge to just draw in different styles, sort of like "cleansing the palette" and breaking the monotony.

What I find is that my sketches when I'm not thinking are really good rough ideas on paper. It's where our t-shirt ideas and clip art usually come from. However, when I switch gears and am presented with a task and have to complete it, it's a lot harder to come up with something creative. Brain gets stuck in task-mode and ideas just get all jammed up.

So today, after finishing up Chapter 34 (2 more after today's strip), I started working on an illustration. In it's rawest sketch form (practically stick figures...), it's actually a really great idea! But when I started to tighten up the forms, it started to fall apart and look "forced"... so I broke it down into "parts".

The first part is the wallpaper of the month, the Riders. The second part was supposed to be the Crimson Scarab and Cyan Cicada. The third part would be all the Dark Hole enemies. Then I'd put them all together into a finished poster or wallpaper or something.

Part one looked great and went live. Part two is taking way too long. What you see if the lineart for the Crimson Scarab -- but the finished effect just isn't what I was looking for... so I might put it aside and come back to it later, and maybe use the completed image for something else.

It's strange how something that's really fresh and has so much potential can somehow dry up in the process when too much thought goes into it.

Do you think too much? When you're over-thinking a task, what do you do to get back on the right track?

Share your thoughts

5 Replies

  • Naktarr

    Turn your work upside down and stare at it ^^

  • Ron, the Beast of Middlesex County

    I put it aside, walk away, and do something completely different. I generally have a lot of things on the go at once, so it's perhaps easier to do that than it ideally should be...

  • enibly

    I would put it aside for the moment, and doodle or find shapes in the clouds or something. Something that gets those creative brain juices flowing again, and lets those thinking/analyzing parts calm down a bit.
    I find that it's a lot easier to work right after you let your brain wander around for short while.

  • Mandie Lynne

    I get a couple laughs at www.thereifixedit.com, www.failblog.org,
    www.probablybadnews.com, www.savagechickens.com or look to see what people are selling on www.craigslist.org.

    **At work I have scored a new computer for our office($100), a new coach bag($60), Sex and the City-- complete series($50)**

    I believe a little distraction is always worth it in the long run.

  • Audra Furuichi

    Hey all! Thanks so much for the suggestions! I'll have to put some of those to work. ^_^!

    I tend to be very one-track minded... and love to start projects, but somehow hate to finish them. (Bad combination for me. XD;)