Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Robot Comic #4


(newspaper format here.)



Everyone who makes comics seems to do things slightly differently. For me, the great unseen portion of any comic, be it a page from a graphic novel or one of these little robot comics, is the thumbnail sketch. Often these little compositional drawings really are not much bigger than my thumbnail, and often barely legible. Sometimes they even have a liveliness to them that never quite makes it into the finished work.

I used to do my thumbnail sketches on loose sheets of copy paper, but lately I’ve switched over to keeping most of my roughs and thumbs and thoughts in big sketchbooks. Those sheets of copy paper are long gone, but with the sketchbooks I can always go back and revisit the ideas when they were raw, or see pages as they might have been. For me, it’s a better way to work.

8 comments:

Tim Canny said...

Ha! In the sixth panel I can just imagine the little robot thinking "That does not compute!".

I really like the blue wash and the light coloring in the middle panels. I look forward to seeing all the robot comics in an end of year book.

NOD said...

I think you should call the robot "Artupio." Is that Latin or a Star Wars reference? or both?

The Diatribest said...

To quote the favored hipster phrase, your little robot could say "Your argument is invalid."

Red Herring Jeff said...

Great work as usual, Ben! LOVE his look when the picture waves at him. There's been a couple of late nites when I've felt that way. Ha-ha-ha! Thanks for sharing!

Margaret E. Perry said...

this is exactly how i feel today

Connie said...

Charming! Love the thumbnails too. I'm trying to become more fluent at those. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Ben Hatke said...

Thanks guys! I'm glad this comic seems to have resonated.

Artupio!

Connie: Thumbnails can be almost like writing. It's a way of drawing closer to the speed you think.