Things continue to progress with the production of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics although somewhat erratically due to digressions, delays and interruptions. I’m still managing to keep it moving along with the intention of having the first chapter finished by the end of the year. In my transition from comics studies to comics production the most striking discovery has been the amount of time required to create the artwork. Whereas I can sit down and write a thousand words about someone else’s comic in a reasonably short space of time, to create a page of art seems to take hours and hours and days. From all of the comics creators that I have interviewed in Australia the common rate denominator was “a day per page”. I wish!
In addition to the use of printmaking as a means of image-making I am doing quite a bit of drawing. I love this process and the mental spaces it takes me into. I find that I enjoy getting lost in those places that only seem like twenty minutes but are actually closer to two hours.
The story is set in Sydney when my Doctor Comics character is older than I am now but contains flashes backward to earlier times. It’s been quite fun trying to imagine what I shall look like then and trying to recall via photos how I appeared when I was in my twenties. In any case as it is both partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, the character doesn’t look exactly like me. It goes on.
For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports relating to Issue #1: No.1 No.2 No.3 No.4 No.5 No.6 No.7 No.8 No.9 No.10 No.11 No.12 No.13