I drew the first thumbnail sketches of Desert Hare Hernandez a good while ago at this point. It came about as part of my daily drawing exercises. I decided to juxtapose two sketches of photographs to see what kind of story the two drawings would imply. The first drawing was of a lounging gal from a "french postcard", and the second drawing was from a photograph of Frida Kahlo. The resulting contrast put me in mind of a scene in From Russia With Love, in which Ali Kerim Bey is lured away from paper work at his desk by his vamping mistress, who ends up having unwittingly saved her guy from an assassination attempt (via a limpet mine stuck to the wall outside his window).
What followed was the concept of an action hero in the form of a woman artists/writer, and hence the Desert Hare was born.
It only took me another year or so of more or less continual struggle to figure out how to flesh that character out. The newly minted page at bottom is the cleanest attempt so far, and represents a process that may make it feasible for me to bring the adventures of Mary Ellen "the Desert Hare" Hernandez to life.
presented here is that original page:
and now, this:
In just over a year! woo!
comic making is very time consuming...
Using a CAD program, I created maquettes and marionettes of the locations and characters that were needed for the scene. After careful posing of figures and setting up of camera locations (based on previously worked out thumbnail sketches of the scene), I exported a graphic of the scene from the CAD program and printed it at only 10% opacity. Then, after warming with pencil sketches of Eadward Muybridge motion studies, I drew over the print out. Color was added in Inkscape, a versatile freeware vector program, using a page from a Tin Tin comic as a color palette.
the process ultimately serves to highlight that my weakest areas are perspective and proportion. Without the CAD "sketch" as a foundation for a scene, I have an enormously difficult time making solid under-drawings. I worry that I won't ever get better in those areas if I rely on cheating. But if cheating looks this good, I can't really argue with it.