to the left is a scan of the lines only of the latest comic i'm doing before i rendered the fuck out of them with marker fills and ballpoint hatches.
to the right is the finished page.
i've been struggling with trying to come up with a more stripped-down style of cartooning that i am not insecure about. i was thinking about using digital color for my next comic, or maybe none at all except for some sparse grey washes.
the problem seems to center around a strong tendency to feel/worry that the work looks "unfinished" unless i render every square inch with texture.
i'm really pleased with the look of how i do things now, but i'm seriously beginning to become self-conscious about it possibly getting ignored because it doesn't fit a general view on what comics are supposed to look like.
plus it takes HOURS UPON HOURS to do one fucking page, and 75% of that time is spent on the marker fills and pen hatching alone. if i could somehow reduce that production time even by a marginal fraction i could easily see this leading to me being FAR more prolific.
i don't know, i think i've been spending too much time staring at other people's work recently. issues like this, both minor and major, have a way at nagging at my obsessive-compulsive brain like it's some sort of math problem that has formulaic solution.
thus: thoughts, opinions, criticisms, advice, examples of other people's work are all anxiously welcomed in the comments below.
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