I've been looking to push myself into drawing more from the gut, leaving all purpose behind. Working on my project has me looking for ways to approach the art style that doesn't feel like your normal comic but still fits in a sequential world.
I've been inking OZ and the rest of my work with a brush for the last 4 years. It's a blast and I love how it looks and feels. But the story I'm telling needs a bit more emotion in the lines. I've been studying a lot of artists who just go crazy with dead lines and use a pen or pencil in a more manic way. I feel that there is something bold about an artist that trusts the idea to rise above a technique or tool. There's something exciting about the scattered feeling of just scribbling and not fearing that there will be "mistakes." It's fun to draw and fun to look at.
For some reason I was really moved while drawing this today. I drew in my traditional puffy, cartoon like clouds that you've seen from me over the years. But got rid of them and decided to go with new shape. I just drew a big oval. I had been reading Shaun Tan books so I'm sure he was creeping in there but something about the simplistic shape just shook me. I was thrilled. It was strange and didn't look like a cloud. But it is. It's a cloud. I love it!!!
Ok, so I'm feeling very inspired today and you get a big mushy, artsy post out of it. (Don't worry, I'm listening to a Star Trek podcast so I haven't sent off the flowery deep end :)