John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Artsy Thoughts

Well, I didn't get to do any sketching, but I did do some more strips. I have through April 4th done now, with the exception of April 1 which is going to be a double-size, so I am doing it on its own bristol sheet. (Normally, I do two strips per sheet, it just happened to be that Wednesday Mar 30 and Monday Apr 4 fell together.)

I'm pleased with how the art for Apr 4 came out. I've been trying to use more realistic reference in my drawing (the exterior shots of "Chez Predatoré" for instance are based on a photo of a real restaurant), rather than the big and blocky "virtual world" I've tended to use. Thus, for April 4, Leona's townhouse is modeled on real houses that I see every day (i.e., the ones across the street from me), rather than a cartoony representation of the idea of a town house. This is one of the things that distinguishes cartoon art from comic book art ... generally speaking a comic book artist draws a realistic image of a chair, while the cartoonist draws a picture of the idea of a chair.

This is something I've been working towards, off and on, for a while now. It's not purely the influence of Love Hina, but I think it's safe to say that Love Hina has accelerated the process. Love Hina has a strong sense of being in a "real" place, which is emphasized by the very realistic backgrounds and extensive use of real-world landmarks. Suburban Jungle is, of course, not in a real place, its location being rather glibly referred to as "New San Angeles" when it's referred to at all, but I do want it to seem like a real place. And putting the characters into realistic settings, rather than in front of cartoony backdrops, will go a long way towards achieving that, I hope.

That's all for now. G'nite, world, and have a really awesome tomorrow!

-The Gneech
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