BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.17

Art, Blotting Paper, Comics October 5, 2012

Abstract drawing(© 2012 Michael Hill)

This is another report documenting the production process and progress of the second issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. The new chapter  A Blot on His Escutcheon continues the experimental approach to image-making. It involves experimental approaches to drawing including abstract drawing, contour drawing and blind contour drawing. It’s having fun with paper and pencil and the drawing process.

Abstract contour drawing(© 2012 Michael Hill)

Using line as an element of construction and expression, the drawn line as well as the printed line and written line, although restrictive is potentially quite expressive to me. I find that drawing details very carefully of constantly changing scenes with accompanying alterations in point-of-view leads easily into abstraction.

Abstract drawing to music(© 2012 Michael Hill)

Drawing anything that comes to my mind whilst listening to music invariably produces a pattern of abstract lines on paper that is most expressive. I look at the lines whilst I am making them and try to keep up with the tempo of the music. No erasers! A quick tempo produces less inhibited lines and surprising shapes.

Blind contour drawing of toy(© 2012 Michael Hill)

Another fun with drawing exercise I have utilised is to draw a character or object without actually looking at the paper I’m drawing on. I try to follow the outlines of the object but don’t look down to see how the drawing looks. Without the constant checking things tend to drift and shift out of perspective and registration. The contours can be accurate but might be out of place.

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports.

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   Issue #2:   No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29


Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Dr. Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics studies, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Comic Art, and former member of the Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship and the Advisory Committee of the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project, he has delivered public lectures on Comics, Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, Animation, Design and Visual Communication. Having donated his collection of research materials on Australian alternative comics to the National Library of Australia he is now active in the artistic domain, writing, drawing and printmaking, creating art postcards and prints and his own graphic novel Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions of Doctor Comics.

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