UNI!?!?

For the last couple of days I have been trying to stay away from my computer and my pencils as much as possible so that my wrist can get a little break. Even though it hurts using my hand for more than 10 minutes it hurts much more not to be able to draw and doodle. Right now I have so many ideas stuck in my head and I fear that once I can pick up a pencil again all of them will be gone. Nevermind.

So, tomorrow is going to be a pretty cool day (or at least I hope so).

After finishing school I took a year “off” to work on my skills as an artists and to do some freelance work. During this time I was still working for/ with my current boss (I also will continue working there – just for you too know). But I was also preparing to get into uni.

For those of you who don’t know much about art/ design universities let me give you a few information on that topic.

I had to apply with two different portfolios (each 20-30 artworks), one was given a theme the other one I could design to my liking. There are unis who just demand one portfolio.

Then I had to survive an interview, which actually wasn’t that bad but the girl who had the interview a couple of minutes came out crying and sobbing.

All in all it took me 700 + hours to work on my portfolio. Luckily I got in because I don’t know if I had done another one for the next year.

So tomorrow is my first year at uni!

Around last October I was preparing for another Uni/ Academy which offered a Bachelor in “Illustration” which I thought would be the perfect match for me. So I went there to attend some … sneak-peek classes. I was pretty disappointed because a huge amount of the things they taught had already crossed my path in one or another way.

I though a lot about alternatives and settled for communications design. I really like the idea of learning how images work and how they influence the person looking at it. How does advertisement affect me, why does it have that effect, how can I create such effects for different things.

I’m aiming to be a professional comic book artist one day but it can’t be bad to understand how that kind of thing works, can it?

I’ll let you know what life has in store for me.

Cheers.

Comics Looking Weird

I’ve spent the last days laying down the basic colours and getting more pages done.

It really looks like I’ll be able to finish this step tonight and start the proper colouring tomorrow.

Before I started working on “Warden of Time” I knew that making comics takes an incredible amount of time but dear Lord – I still underestimated it! But that’s why I loved making it even more. I’m a great friend of challenges. Especially working with tight deadlines gets me!

I split up the process in different steps and work my way from step to step instead of page to page. Some artists do that but I don’t really like it that much. It works with smaller projects like 4- 6 pages but definitely not with 30 +.

Here’s my list of completed (and coming) steps:

  1. Rough layout of the pages
  2. Pencil sketch
  3. Inking
  4. Flat layers
  5. Highlights & Shadows
  6. Lettering

I didn’t included the step of creating the characters. This took me a couple of years. But it doesn’t necessarily have to take that long. I was just playing with that story while I was still in school and developed the characters and the plot over the years.

But as you can see – it won’t take me much longer! I’m so excited! The exhibition will be in 5 weeks and by then I will have it finished!

I remember one teacher who was really … supporting when it came to being nice to his students. He promised me that I would never get anywhere in life. He got an invitation to the exhibition.

While I was checking for mistakes in my flat layer I temporarily hid the lineart (inks) layer and it turned out to be pretty weird-looking.A bit of another sneak peek here!

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Artist off duty

This weekend I actually had some time off! Which is quite rare because I currently have so much going on that even if I had the time I couldn’t relax properly.

However, this weekend one of my closest friends came to visit her family. After we finished school she moved to a big city to take up her university studies which is why I don’t see her as much as I used to. We already spent some time on Thursday but met up again on Friday to just have a good time. Upon reflecting on how different “adult-life” after graduating and starting uni/ a job is and how easy life used to be as a kid we remembered that we still had some toys lying around, collecting dust.

Of which use it to be a 20-year old who reads more comics than the kid next door, who considers Batman socks and a Batman belt as “dressed up nicely” and who still takes her pencils to the restaurant to wait for the meal to arrive if you can’t play with the toys you had as a kid? The toys you loved dearly.

So, we decided to call it a girls night and we started cleaning the dust of long-forgotten treasures.

We set up the slot car racing track and embraced the inner child. I loved it as a kid but it never grows old!

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I hope you had a great weekend!