Road to a Comic: Week 1-2

Hey all! Welcome to the end of week 2, and an update on how the project is going so far.

If you’ve only just come to this party, you missed last week’s episode. Basically, I am trying to turn one of my short stories into a comic. Now, I don’t mean I’m looking for an artist, I mean I’m doing it myself. This is a huge undertaking, for a couple of reasons:

  • I am still writing a novel
  • I am writing another short story
  • I’ve never tried anything like this before.

I touched on some of the reasons why I’m doing this in THIS POST, but aside from all that – why not?? I realise these posts are not all about writing, but hey are about a story and a way to get my story told, so if you’re looking for a different way to promote your work, give it a try. If not a comic, why not try some of these suggestions for getting your work out in another form:

  • A picture of your main character / setting
  • A poem around your story
  • A choose your own adventure story (more of that another time)
  • A music playlist of songs inspired by your story

Don’t worry if you don’t think you’ve got the skills. Give it a go and see what turns up!

Progress

Below are a selection of sketches I’ve managed this week, earliest first. If you are interested enough to follow along on this journey, you can catch more regular updates on my newly acquired Instagram account! You can find me at author_steve_boseley

These first 2 weeks I have been concentrating on profiles of heads only, in particular, I wanted to try to create an older gentleman, as the main character in the story I’ve chosen are old guys.

This was my first attempt on day8. If you look back at some of previous efforts, you will see that this is a huge improvement.

Everything is broadly in proportion, although I think the nose and ears are a bit small, and the lips just look weird!

Day9 represented a bit of a breakthrough, I feel. I have been watching a million YouTube ‘how to videos’ on drawing profiles, but I think I found one that resonated with me. If you’re wondering, it was from a series by YouTuber, Alphonso Dunn.

My people, whilst still being in proportion, look a bit older. I’ve also introduced shading, but it needs work!

More day9. I like this one; he looks even older than the last one.

I’m still not sure about the ear, but his chin is looking sweet!

Day10. I tried adjusting the proportions of the head on this guy, making it longer, but it seems to have made it a bit slim. It’s okay, but I’m not sure…

What do you think about the neck? Is it too much?

I think I may have cracked it. The heavy brow, forehead wrinkles, lines on face, head proportions.

I’m happy with it all, I just need to see if I can recreate it!

Day11. I copied this one from an image I found on Google. I’m happy with the way it turned out. I even included half-decent hair!

I think I’ve got the hang of profiles now. I just need to repeat as many times as possible.

Another one, this time with a shirt and hair!

Well, that represents my last week as far as the comic goes. There is a long way to go and I am raring to rush ahead to storyboarding and starting the comic, but I think it’s important to get the fundamentals right first. I hope this represents a leap forward in terms of drawing the character profiles, but there is still so much to come – portraits, bodies, clothes. Oh my.

I think there are a lot of parallels with my writing, namely working on my fundamentals, writing short stories, reading books on the craft of writing, seeking feedback, and keep putting it out there!

My question to you: Let me know what you think about this series. Do you want more info? less info? more / less pictures?

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