Art from 1999: Display design, self-portraits and… Ezra Pound?

The images below are all from a single sketchbook from 1999, and are all that remains of that sketchbook. First, two self-portraits for a solo magazine called IK (me) that I put out in the late 1990s. It consisted mostly of autobiographical stories, some of which made it online. That year, I was also considering …

Art from 1998: White House in Orbit sketches

I’ve gone through my sketchbooks over the past week to pick what all I was going to keep and what was going to get thrown out. Pickings from the year 1998 have been slim: unless I find another sketchbook from that year that I haven’t torn up yet, the images below are all that I …

Two art blogs I like, plus two webcomics to check out

Mythwood – The Art of Larry MacDougal and A Vintage Sky are both sketchblogs showing lots of fantasy art in neat storybook illustration style. I find them very inspirational. Meanwhile, in her blog, Aggie linked to two comics that I need to check out: The Epic of Cuchulainn and Lovecraft is missing. I’ll get around …

Designing webcomics for a range of sight impairments

I posted the following on a Comicgenesis forums thread about comics for the visually impaired about two weeks ago: The assumption among most commenters here seems to be that people are either perfectly sighted or completely blind – a lazy assumption that Bruce Tognazzini, former interaction designer for Apple, has some things to say about: …

Return of the Son of the End of Free, Part II

Over the years, I’ve become skeptical of paid content as a viable model for most of the content being published online, particularly for webcomics. In the previous part, I discussed what I believe are the reasons micropayments have historically failed and free content resurged in the mid-2000s. I believe Rupert Murdoch’s plan to start charging …

Some more fun fantasy comics

I’ve been running a low-cost advertising campaign on Project Wonderful recently, and I’m finding some interesting comics in my referrals as a result: North World is one that I’d seen before. I’m a sucker for styles like that – an effortless blend of American comic strip and European juvenalia. I also love the concept of …

Two fun fantasy webcomics

I discovered not one but two very promising fantasy webcomics today: The Meek, and Lumia’s Kingdom. The Meek has fantastic art and lovely colouring and reminds me a bit of Zander Cannon’s The Replacement God. At only six pages into the story, it could go in a lot of different directions, but from the commentary, …

[Adam] Ursula Vernon has been robbed

Artist Ursula Vernon, of the webcomic Digger, The Little Creature stories, and one of my favourite DeviantArt accounts has been robbed. Here’s her livejournal post about it. She hasn’t lost everything – she was about to move into her boyfriend’s, and that saved her laptop and (I think) her computer, but she lost her scanner, …

On pencil art and time savings

Using uninked pencil art, like I’ve done on Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan for the past three weeks and on American Gothic before that, saves me some time, but not as much as you would think. The time savings don’t come from skipping the inking and colouring phases – all the effort that used to go into …