Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Here's a little thing I finished working on last week. It was originally formatted to be a two page spread for my book, which was going to be 8x8, but I have since changed the format to 6x9, which didn't take a lot of work, and actually looks much better. Its nice to be working digitally again. My father bought me my tablet as a high school graduation gift, so its always been special. But for some reason MECA and its staff were against the use of digital work for my first few years here, so I stopped working this way. Now I'm back and working away with a vengeance. I did the line art traditionally, and colored it up cell-style.

I admire the painterly styles of some digital artists, but I've been unsuccessful with it myself, so far. I plan on giving it another shot. But speaking of painterly, my boyfriend gave Comic Book Tattoo for a Christmas gift this year; its filled with some pretty amazing digital comics by various artists. Its also huge, and loaded with inspiration. Apparently all the comics are based off Tori Amos songs, but I'm not really a fan of her music. The book is definitely worth looking at anyway.

On an entirely different note.
I'm spending an awful lot of time in the studio lately, and though extremely tiring, I'm beginning to realize how much I'm going to miss it after graduation. I realized that the studio and the people in it, my friends, some of the most amazing people I've ever met, are the reason I was meant to go to MECA. I've become so jaded and so angry with the school and everything about it, that it is amazing to finally see the good in it all. Was it worth all the bullshit? If just for the little moments in the studio that stick out in my mind at the end of the day, then yes. It was.


Anonymous said...

I think it's an understatement for you to write "Here's a little thing I finished.." Umm, you worked your ASS off on that. Pardon my French. You have been working super hard and it's been inspiring to watch!

I have the newest Hi Fructose, if you want to borrow it. It's full of the same painterly styles you like. On my desk! I also have the newest American Illustration, that has some nice stuff in it too.

If you are lucky, you will make it so that you can have your own studio in a building with other studios where all of your friends can get together and create. Or similar. Don't think that the studio is why we're all in here. I mean yeah, it's a good chunk, but if we didn't have it, we'd find means to get together regardless!! Don't get too upset about it!

J.Shea said...

the studio time and all the people in it are totally worth all the stupid shit you have to deal with while at MECA, definitely. I sure do miss that place!