Friday, November 6, 2015

Financial comic: The Quick and the Deadline.

Here's a comic I did earlier this week for a company out of Chicago. They needed a fairly fast turnaround time. I'm no stranger to short deadlines, but this one was tough to meet. I ended up having to really scramble at the end.

Here's the sketch:

The flat color:

And the final:

I've probably mentioned this before, but one of the benefits of working really fast is that I don't have enough time to be precious about the drawing. I have to run pretty much on instinct instead of overthinking every line the way I normally do when I have all the time in the world. The result is, in my opinion, much better. It ends up having more energy and life. The lines aren't so stiff, the color isn't so uptight. It breathes a bit more.

This general loosening up is something I'm trying to incorporate into all my work now. I'm trying to keep some of the energy of the sketch in the final piece. I'm trying to be more expressive and not hide my techniques as much. You can see this in the brush strokes on the faces, particularly the face on the right.

So far, I like how it's working. I think I'll stick with it.


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