The fastest way to post – a) scan 11 x 17″ b) 2 sections of 14 x 17″ c) 2 sections of 19 x 24″ [ photo the full size b) & a) ] * * not connect until ready to color. minimal captions, all on one page ( for now).
Photos (24 MP)*
*Photographed April 15 2020, Midday Sun
19 x 24″
14 x 17″
11 x 17″*
*WIP, always faster to photo – I can scan once a week for a main update
( 4 hours – scans , level corrected in CSP look better – but take longer – so for WIP, photos show progress)
Studio work, including work done, earlier this week, and today.
Completed pieces, will be different – those I can take the time to meticulously edit, precisely connect, color – make variations. For WIP (works in progress) scanning, and photographing, gives a thorough idea of whats happening in the studio (without expending time – 6 – 10 hours, that could be used to make the pieces better).
14 x 17 ”
It may seem lazy, at first glance; like less -but the actual amount of drawings I will post, should increase. a) Now I am at a level where I am comfortable posting my daily pieces ( prior, posts were staggered, so things posted, were scans made 2 to 3 weeks before) – These are drawings I did yesterday, and the day before.
19 x 24 ”
I see that serving the Weekly pack quota I set up, will only create more quantity of unfinished pieces. Over a year, scanning, and processing ( connecting, editing composition layouts) losing 2 days or more per week, and having no inked colored illus, and no comic (just pieces, unfinished)
Over the next weeks, the benefit of the new posting method should be clear. When better looking, finished pieces, and WIP are embellished.
editing the writing (scribbled notes – takes hours)- Not worth it. Any one still subscribing, is a trusted member – who has never reposted anything elsewhere to my knowledge. The only advantage of removing the text, is that there is less way to trace it to me.( not that I’m ashamed, but I don’t like giving fuel to enemies)
Comicbook Page Layouts
Ultimately, the goal is to ‘complete the artwork’, promote it, successfully. Taking time to remove all writing from my drawings, takes up time I could enjoy drawing. So, in general, I will scan, and post. There is nothing in the hand written text that is different from the typed scripts. With a specific group of long time trusted members, it would be more productive to spend the time making the potentially great artwork, that time on task enables.
Background 14 x 17 “
The next step is to study faces of executioners, from comics, covers, paintings ( Frank Frazetta, Fumetti, Mainstream comics, cartoons, films, actors) – the above would look better, if the face was improved –
Study (Reproduction) Drawing
My observation, is that most pieces by artists, have one item that is drawn well, and other areas that aren’t. The really special pieces, have multiple areas that are drawn well.
My goal, is to work on the pieces, including the comics, until, as many items as I can improve, are. That’s what I meant by Lurid ‘Max’.
Todd Macfarlane , described why his toys looked so remarkably detailed: “I had the sculptor keep working, till the sculpture looked like the reference – every one says it’s amazing, that I was the first, and want to give me an award — but any one could have thought of it, or done it earlier; but I was the first one to do it.”
[ These take longer than I am interested in working on them – but it’s this discipline, that makes the earlier pieces posted here, look better, each time – so it’s worth it; and the pivotal method, to improve each item – systematically.
( most artists, skimp on hands and feet – as you can see, feet and hands, with some informed quality, improve the overall presentation: as will backgrounds, clothes, and other characters; anatomy, poses)]
I will try the streamlined method, until some key items get accomplished: backgrounds, logos, completed character designs, – embellished at a professional quality.
Costume/ Character Design
I used to draw these on composition paper ( but the scans have lines, and writing- fountain pen – bleed through)- the cheap paper, ultimately cost more in time, spent using CSP to remove said blemishes. Here, I start, getting the same raw ideas, on to paper, that I can later embellish*.
* ( the focus is the clothing, color notations – that’s why some aspects, like faces, and anatomy art less detailed )
I hate the idea, that technology, is slowing me down, like a traffic light; and superior work isn’t getting done, because a microcosm of editing software, has swallowed up 2 days a week of better spent Studio productivity.
This New Schedule is my effort to rise above what I see happened in the past year. I feel much better, moving forward, seeing how productive I can be in two days, when I prioritize the art, sleep at a regular time and streamline editing/posting for works in progress.
Had some leaking rapidograph ( from shaking the dry pen too hard – (first use in 6 months)(it took an hour or so to figure out how to get them to stop leaking – some of the stains are from the plastic barrier I use between my hand and paper, touching the upper sections of blank paper, where I let the pen bleed out – and then having it drag across the paper below, ( Can be edited, in software , when time to color)
– A stock, pre -code horror style Caption – unique to the medium of comics, that was designed to add ambiance to the artwork ( that I can layer, with any image I post – eventually). [ there are many variations of captions, I have designed – warming up the pens, on the lettering; until I assess whether they are working properly, before I ink my drawings with them.
– If they keep leaking, I will clean, and change the cartridges, when I have time. Meanwhile, I have plenty of microns I can use. Unlike felt pens, and ballpoint, – Rapidographs, are designed, to keep a precise consistent width; but must be used regularly, or the ink dries inside.
While I was gone, on the road trip, and the time since I returned, taking care of work needing to be caught up, the pens slightly dried; when I shook them, it created pressure in the cartridges, making the ink flow out too fast ( – I had to read about this common problem, online).
Laying them flat, can normalize them, as can turning them the other way. So far, I reduced the leaking, to almost none, in the first hour of use, 2 days ago. So I don’t forsee any long term problems ( since I can just change the cartridges, if the problems persist – 3 pens; .5, .25, .35)
Here I just processed (28 ) images. In (3 ) hours 43 minutes . Gaining me (2 ) hours* to embellish (detail, ink, color).
[ In 2 hours I drew the ” – Al rio style image”. In 3 hours, the “Vandala” expression variation. ( both 19 x 24 ” ) ]
It’s 10:33pm. Though I have more to post – stopping here, leaves you with the bulk of a Studio Art post for this week. And I am able to be productive in the studio tomorrow for 8 plus hours.
Then in the evening – I can add things I want to post, but (staying up late – as I had done in the past year)would detract from the actual art production.
Script – general outline – for the comic. Scans of high value vintage pre-code comic B-Bar -B Riders #14 ( and Interior 24 MP photos).
Photos ( mentioned above, of the pieces larger then 11 x17 ( which haven’t been connected).
The Art of Sex and Horror : Emanuele Taglietti – arrived today!
More 6th Scale photos, ( eventually, video game animations – a lot more ). Several soundtracks!
I can post progress, regularly, on ‘Coming soon ‘ blog feed.
For Subscribe Star – since all members there, have access to the website, I will try to either complete new work, to post there; or use it for major updates, when I have time ( rather than try to follow a status quo, of weekly, posts)*
it is mainly a place to receive payouts, and a gateway to new members; even the Subscribe star Adult info, About, suggests keeping the more ‘controversial Adult content’* on a website, and using the site primarily to get payouts.
*Though I have posted to it regularly, and frequently at first ( to populate it with content). More work will get done if I post to it, when I have content worth posting ( rather than recycling old images, and keeping track of what has been posted, out of the thousands of images I have processed in the past year. )
Today I spent about 4 hours posting a weekly main update here on the website.
So if I work mostly uninterrupted for two more days, I can finish about as much content as I posted above. ( taking time in the evening, after I am done creating new work- I can photo the pieces I mentioned, and post the remaining over the week, as time permits.
And any work that gets completed before the end of the week, that I want to color, I can scan and connect, edit as normal ( and post to coming soon) ASAP ( with a post on Subscribe star, to inform those who watch it for updates).
Ideally, – I maximize studio time, by posting weekly as above – 4 hours in a day. ( minimizing subsequent text/commentary ( saving it for script narrative ) And updates of WIP or vintage scans ect, to Subscribe star, twice a week ( each post, a simple as an email seems – invariably takes more than half an hour – 6 posts a week, could be another 19 x 24″) .
I look forward to the New Comic Book Schedule! And what’s to come from Lurid Max Studio. Thanks for your patronage, that brought us this far : and to exciting new Lurid Pre-Code Horror comics and illustrations.