Inktober is just a few days away! Who’s ready?!
Sunday comics = color! (I need the practice painting anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a brush.) I mentioned in my last post about my back and leg hurting, and it keeping me from running… thing is, I never imagined it would depress me so bad. I try to hide it though, nobody likes a whiner. And, like always, ART is there to keep me together! (and humor, I’ve been watching a lot of stand-up comedy lately) Anyway, hope you enjoyed the comic, and stay tuned to Mind Circus Comics! Thanks for reading🙂
Back in 2010 I created a comic strip called “Family Night” and recently I decided to re-draw a few them just for fun. But also I wanted to apply some of the things I’ve learned since then, and share with you some of my early mistakes as a cartoonist. Not necessarily as a tutorial on how to make comics (I’m certainly not qualified to do that, I’m still learning how myself!) but to maybe give others a few examples of how we grow as artists, and how it’s all part of the process. My jokes are still LAME, of course. But I think I’m a bit better at telling them now😉
Back then I wasn’t inking my pencil work because I was stubborn and I believe my artwork suffered for it, as you can see from the difference between the comic above drawn in 2010 and the one below drawn in 2016. I think this is a good example of how inking your line work can make your art pop, and simply give it a more finished, polished look to it. I still use my pencils to give some grey tone, but I think inking makes the art look more bold.
This comic was muddy and dirty, but with a little ink and the addition of some simple backgrounds, I think it polished up nicely🙂
My third comic is yet another example of my early failure as a cartoonist in that I often used WAY too much unnecessary dialogue. I took an already not that great joke, and ran it straight into the ground. Booooo! Not funny!
But thanks to the counsel of my friend and fellow artist Stephen Johnson, I was able to learn from my mistake. He pointed out to me that this comic should’ve been a 3-panel strip, period. The punchline was in the third panel, the entire fourth panel was completely unnecessary, and he was absolutely right.
I didn’t really add a whole lot to this one, but I think the addition of the inks, and the subtraction of even just a few unnecessary words made it just a little bit better overall.
Well, thanks for reading! Hopefully I didn’t bore you too bad, and maybe even helped you in some small way to improve your own comics through my mistakes. I definitely would like to re-do a few more of these old comics and archive them in a book someday… but for now I’m off to my next comic project! Stay tuned!🙂
I’ll be at DCCC this Sunday hawking my wares, stop by and say hi! I’ll have plenty of copies of my new comic book Havoc Force for sale, plus my short story collections! Hope to see ya there🙂
Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/399921677/havoc-force
It’s true that I’ve been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil. But if you were to ask me WHAT I was drawing during those early formative years as an artist, my answer would definitely have to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Back when I was a Teeny Meenie Ninja Turtle myself, there was nothing that inspired me more to draw than those Heroes In A Half Shell! And so recently my friend Mark and I decided it would be fun to revisit our childhood a bit, and put together a book of brand new TMNT sketches! This book will soon be available for purchase at my etsy shop, but for now you can enjoy my contribution to the book right here at Mind Circus Comics🙂
Donatello (always been my favorite of the squad!)Leo & SplinterCasey & AprilShredder & his Foot ClanBebop & RocksteadyKrangJust for funAfter their first comic book hit the shelves in 1984, TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird briefly considered changing their heroes costumes to the ones above. I like the designs, they were fun to draw! But I imagine things would’ve been a lot different had they decided to go that route…Some of my original TMNT drawings back in 1991. I was 11 years old🙂
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more updates soon at Mind Circus Comics! -Bruce
So as promised in my previous post, here they are… the villains of HAVOC FORCE! (Vanquish, Dr. Delirium, and Snake Woman!)
I wanted all the baddies of this book to have really wild hair, and I wanted to use a color scheme similar to the golden days of comics where the villains predominately wore green, purple, and orange (while the heroes were typically in red, blue, and yellow). Might be hard to see, but Dr. Delirium’s eyes are purple, and I also wanted the character to have kind of a continuing purple theme as well. I don’t know if its true or not, but I read somewhere that purple is the color of madness, and for whatever reason that just stuck with me.
Looking forward to introducing these characters in upcoming comics so stay tuned for more HF updates, and thanks for reading! :)