Oh boy, here we go again.
A few months ago, around the time I abandoned color, you may have read that I was pushing my art in a different direction. And I want to think I did – I started doing more work on top of my existing designs, really working each panel.
I recently realized I wasn’t satisfied, and that’s because I was essentially doing more of the same.
I started Atomic Laundromat painfully aware of my limitations as an artist. And thru the strips, I have taken a lot of shortcuts and visual tricks to avoid drawing or going into depth into things I couldn’t do. My notorious claws in the beginning of the comic because I couldn’t draw hands; David not having eyes (only the glasses) because I could not draw men for the life of me; most characters having short hair because I could not draw long hair. Even though the art has evolved somewhat, there are some thing that I’m still doing the same way — mostly because I’m afraid to change them. But I need to break away from my rut and push the boundaries.
The other hard truth is that Atomic Laundromat and comics in general are not my day job. It is something I do after work at my day job. I don’t have a lot of time to sketch and experiment: what little time I have to draw HAS to be invested towards drawing the comic or it is not going up in time. My experimenting has to be on the strip itself – but I have been reluctant/afraid to pull the trigger.
I guess where I’m going with this very long winded preamble is — expect things to change.
I will be trying out new things with the strip. Sometimes it will look weird, sometimes the character will not be consistent with how it looked a few strips ago. A character you haven’t seen for a while may look different next time it is introduced. Or I may decide to try out shading with my pet rabbit dipped in ink. Bottom line, I need the leeway to experiment, to grow and develop more as an artist. And I guess what I’m asking for is your patience thru this open ended period.
Ultimately I have lots of stories I want to tell – both with Atomic Laundromat and completely unrelated stories. And I want my art to do them justice.
Thanks again for all your support so far and going forward.