Production of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics continues to progress although somewhat erratically due to digressions, delays and interruptions from my ongoing work commitments. My intention of having the first chapter finished by the end of the year remains though. 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 a comic in a few hours, creating a page of art can take from several hours to a few 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 printmaking as a means of image-making I am doing a lot of drawing. I love this process and the mental spaces it takes me into. I enjoy getting lost in there.
The story is set in Sydney when my Doctor Comics alias character is older but contains flashbacks to earlier times. It’s been 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 it is partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, as well as being somewhat cartoony, so the character doesn’t need to look exactly like me. Below is a combined image of the Doctor Comics character and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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
ragingyoghurt says on August 10, 2011
wow. gorgeous drawing! i love the stark shadows in the tower bits. what are you using for the type, michael?
Doctor Comics says on August 10, 2011
Thanks Bobbie. You’re too kind. The bridge looks a bit wobbly to me but I ran out of time. The shadows on the towers were done with a Copic marker and the type I bought from the Rozelle markets. It was a shoebox full of old and worn rubber letters from some printing business. It’s done by hand, no registration, inky fingers. BTW I’m loving your blogging of paper, print and cakes adventures: http://www.ragingyoghurt.org/blog/