THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY THAT STATUS DURING THE PERIOD OF PRODUCTION.
On this page I shall draw on the series of reports documenting the production progress of my debut solo comic/artist book Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics that have been previously published on my blog. I shall also add further material to these over time in order to build a meaty meta profile of the making of the work to accompany the digital copy of the completed comic currently being built on another page.
Partly autobiographical and partly fictive Blotting Paper draws on selected comics related incidents and reflections from my academic career including attempts to carry the comics flag within art and design education in both teaching and research. It also contains anecdotes relating to my Doctor Comics’s alias’s adventures and to my own longstanding interest in comics studies. Following several false starts the first chapter has been written, the design roughed out and the artwork under construction. Printmaking is employed including wood and linocut, Japanese sosaku hanga, rubber stamps and seals. Drawing, typography and handwriting will also be incorporated as image-making techniques. The intention is to make a comic in an artist’s book type of format.
BLOTTING PAPER TYPOGRAPHY To begin with, rubber type was used to make the title. The letters were found objects purchased at an antique market. They consisted of a mostly random font with a few variations, all in upper case form. The type was glued, individually letter by letter, onto a plywood block of roughly postcard proportions. If a letter fell from the block after the pressure of the printmaking process it was simply glued back into position.
A few variations of the Issue #2 cover. NOTE: whereas the covers of each issue had variations this was more pronounced with the Issue #2 covers.
BLOTTING PAPER TOOLS Various image-making tools have been employed in the creation of the comic across a range of media that includes drawing, painting, printmaking including etching, woodcut, linocut, mono printing and experimental methods, photography, found objects, collage, calligraphy, handwriting and typography.
BLOTTING PAPER DESIGN The dominant design aspects in the creation of the comic were the characters, settings and page layouts…