I’m planning on doing a video response to your asks when I get the time, so ask me things! Please keep your questions PG-13 or below (and I’d suggest questions that are more art-related, but they don’t necessarily have to be).
I love animation! I haven’t done it in ages, but all of my inspiration comes from animation, so don’t be surprised if I do some small animated SGARB clips. It probably won’t be original shorts, more likely just scenes from the comic animated.
But not anytime soon. I don’t have animation software anymore, so I should invest in that because that would be fun! Does anyone have good suggestions for animation software (other than Flash)?
Don’t have time to write out a long, descriptive thing or make a preview image. SGARB updated today with more guest content, so go take a look.
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Lots of new followers today! Hey folks, thanks for following!
Coming up with your own style is a never-ending process of discovery. Absorb the things that you like - not just comics, cartoons, and illustrators with distinct styles, but also live action movies and TV, and music. You’ll learn a lot about rhythm and movement, color, lighting, etc. from all of the non-illustrated visual media, and I personally find that music really informs your understanding of mood and, if you’re listening to a lot of different things and really drinking in those lyrics, you’ll learn some things about storytelling, too.
Ross Boston was born originally as an idea for a minicomic that (like most of my ideas) exploded into something bigger because I saw some real potential in it. I wanted something silly and irreverent that featured a main cast of characters who were either gay or inspired by things that are traditionally considered gay: Ross Boston is the cute fuzzy gay guy with an inferiority complex, Sassquatch is the sassy bitch with attitude and an appreciation for a costume change, Brenda Stacey is straight but there’s really nothing on this planet gayer than an 80s workout video instructor, Nicki Noelle is the classy lipstick lesbian that kicks loads of butt, and while Wizard Wayne is a little bit harder to pigeonhole - and also straight - I like to think of his dramatic and over-the-top mannerisms and dialogue as being very…fabulous.
I wanted the situations that Ross and the team found themselves in to always have a hint of “gay” to them. I’m not sure I’ve quite figured out the right balance yet, but I’m working on it. I don’t feel like it’s something that has come through - or will come through - in Episode 1, but it’s something I have kept in mind in considering the scenarios for future episodes.
I’d like to do a series of “The Making of SGARB” posts, maybe in video form? Or maybe just as creative blog posts or something. I think that would be a cool thing to do, maybe after Episode 1 is complete. Be sure to stay tuned for that, folks!
Alrighty, I have to get back to work. It was a pleasure answering your questions and I hope it helps you out, John!