BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.32

STARTING TO GET A MOVE ON! In this third report documenting the production process and progress of the new issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 3, The Chthonian Turn: The Cats’ Revenge I can say that things are starting to move on the design front and scheduling of the creation of the planned pages is beginning to fall into place.

The production schedule is up!

The production schedule for Issue #3 is up on the wall!

The intended dates for completion of the five 8-page signatures have been approximated and with a good run could be ready for binding as early as June.

The art table has been established.

The art table has been established…

Ink more so than paint appears to be the dominant graphic ingredient in the production with dip pens, drawing pens and brush calligraphy involved although some of the inking will be made onto painted paper.

...and particular tools selected.

…and particular tools selected.

There are some pencils in there too, as well as the pens, with drawing and handwriting components plus my regular use of printmaking.

Ink tests are underway...

Ink tests are underway…

The mess of ink tests and mark making has begun.

...and drying on display.

…and on display whilst drying.

Further developments and an update on progress will be posted on this blog next month. 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   Issue #3:  No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.31

This is the second report documenting the production process and progress of the third issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 3, The Chthonian Turn: The Cats’ Revenge. I am currently sorting out the script, refining ideas, and developing others. There has been some unscripted image-making and printmaking activity with the intention of using this as a loose but parallel means of creating vaguely conceived and experimental visual content. Examples produced through this printmaking strategy are featured below.

Red face print #1–© 2013 Michael Hill

Visage of first red shade–© 2013 Michael Hill

In the present chapter the cats deliberate over what to do following the sudden departure of Doctor Comics. Meanwhile the latter character continues his travels in the chthonian world confronting various vaporous forms and ghostly figures including a trio of red shades that roam there (see the three red shade illustrations). The raw state of these printmade images will most likely be subject to further graphic manipulation.

Red face print #2–© 2013 Michael Hill

Visage of second red shade–© 2013 Michael Hill

Red face print #3–© 2013 Michael Hill

Visage of third red shade–© 2013 Michael Hill

More visual developments and an update on progress will be posted on this blog around the end of the month. 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   Issue #3:  No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.30

This is the first in a series of regular reports documenting the production of the third issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. It continues on from those posted on the first chapter/issue The Ingurgitator (see posts #1-13 below) and the second chapter/issue A Blot On His Escutcheon (see posts #14-29 below). The new chapter, The Chthonian Turn: The Cats’ Revenge, deals with the cats’ reaction to the demise of Doctor Comics and that gentleman’s adventures in another dimension to which he has travelled. I hope to self-publish it before the end of the year.

Title page for Chapter 3 The Chthonian Turn–© 2013 Michael Hill

Title page for Chapter 3–© 2013 Michael Hill

As with the two previous issues printmaking is involved in the generation of images via woodblock, linocut, Japanese sosaku hanga technique, rubber stamps and wooden seals.  In addition other visual communication techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, cartooning and photography with the intention of producing a limited edition artist’s book kind of comic.

One of the spirits in the underground sky–© 2013 Michael Hill

Design of one of the spirits in the underground sky–© 2013 Michael Hill

I also intend producing more colour pages in this issue following the use of sporadic spot colour in Issue #1 and the 8 full colour pages in Issue #2. The colour will assist in the graphic representation of both the real and imaginary worlds featured in the comic.

Another of the spirits in the underground sky–© 2013 Michael Hill

Design of another of the spirits–© 2013 Michael Hill

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   Issue #3:  No.30    No.31    No.32    No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.24

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post shows more examples of the image-making aspects of the project including assemblage, drawings, design, photography and printmaking, plus a bit on project management.

Some roject management-the blog log.

Some project management-the blog log.

This Doctor Comics Blog and the series of posts on the Blotting Paper comic have provided a means of monitoring and scheduling the progress of production of the comic. The posts also required some project management in the form of a colour coded blog log.

Bloody fish (woodblock print-© 2000 Michael Hill)

Bloody fish (woodblock print-© 2000 Michael Hill)

Both fish and cats feature in the comic, the fish more realistically rendered than the cats. Above is an image from an earlier fish animation, with added blood. Below is a sketch for one of the feline characters.

Red cat (pencil and ink drawing-© 2010 Michael Hill)

Red cat (pencil and ink drawing-© 2010 Michael Hill)

There is a lot less photography in Chapter 2. Nevertheless it has again been used to anchor some of the earlier scenes in a physical reality (below).

Down the garden path (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Down the garden path (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Designs for Doctor Comics (pencil and ink drawings-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Designs for Doctor Comics (pencil and ink drawings-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Some sketches (above) for consideration of Doctor Comics in older and somewhat obese form. It turns out a little more kindly in the comic.

Blotting paper comic concept (ink drawing assemblage-© 2012 Michael Hill)

Blotting paper comic concept (ink drawing assemblage-© 2012 Michael Hill)

An assemblage suggesting a visual statement: characters, location, content (above). 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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.23

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post shows more examples of the printmaking aspects of the project.

The inky black lake scene (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

The inky black lake scene (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

A deliberate ‘blotting’ effect was obtained from pressing a saturated inked block onto highly absorbent paper for a scene from the forthcoming second issue. After the printing, the paper had to be peeled from the block quite carefully to avoid tearing due to the combination of the wet inked areas and the paper’s very soft and fibrous tissue texture.

Proposed cover or insert (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

Proposed cover or insert (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

This unused print, above, from the first issue remains a possible inclusion as a cover or insert in the second issue.

Fish tail print (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

Fish tail print (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

Tails and fins of a cooked fish were inked and printed for some images used in Chapter 1. This approach was inspired by the Japanese sosaku hanga printmaking method in which inkable flat objects were employed as ‘blocks’ as an alternative to woodblocks. The resultant graphic effect is shown in the print above and photos of the image-making process involved in making that print, below.

Printing the fish tails (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Printing the fish tails (Photos by Louise Graberl)

Proposed back cover print (Monoprint-© 2010 Michael Hill)

Proposed back cover print (Monoprint-© 2010 Michael Hill)

Another unused print, above, from the first issue is a possible inclusion as a postcard insert in the second issue. It was constructed from a combination of woodblock and object printing. Decisions, decisions! 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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.22

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post shows and describes the use of some of the note books, sketch books and design processes involved.

The main note book used on the project wherein details of the character, environment and story were developed.

The main note book used on the project wherein details of the character, setting and story were developed.

The larger note book (above) is primarily used for writing in. It is lined and contains notes about the characters and their traits, the environment in which they live and move around in, plus ideas about the narrative and its construction. On the other hand, the smaller note books (below) contain more drawings and rough sketches than words and were developed in response to ideas worked out in the large note book.

Two of the smaller note books in which design ideas and thumbnails were developed.

Two of the smaller note books in which design ideas and thumbnails were developed. These are moleskines.

 

Notes and sketches for one of the memory sequences.

Notes and sketches for one of the memory sequences.

 

Thumbnails for a story sequence.

Thumbnails for a story sequence.

 

Character design sketch in story sequence setting.

Character design sketch in story sequence setting.

Early design for one of the feline characters.

Early design for one of the feline characters.

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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.21

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post describes more aspects of the use of printmaking in the image-making process, this time in the creation of landscapes of subconscious terrain.

Dark glade-first impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-first impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

As documented in an earlier production report Doctor Comics finds himself in a heavenly yet shadowy and vaporous landscape as a result of an intense dream experience. In an attempt to express the airy, floaty and papery feel of this etheric landscape that he must traverse in search of an exit a series of monochromatic monoprints has been utilised.

Dark glade-second impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-second impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

This landscape can be seen more clearly, sequentially, as more light is added by means of a longer exposure to each successive image. Despite the extra light he still finds it hard to trace his way through.

Dark glade-third impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-third impression. (Monoprint-© 2008 Michael Hill)

These prints were made using an etching process with a novel method of printmaking that involves exposure of the design drawing to a light sensitive plate via sunlight that marks the lines on a gelatin coated metal plate. The plate is then rubbed with a stiff brush under running water to carve the lines, so to speak. This process is known as solar plate etching.

Dark glade-the etching plate following exposure to sunlight and wetbrush. (Design-© 2008 Michael Hill)

Dark glade-the etching plate following exposure to sunlight and wetbrush. (Design-© 2008 Michael Hill)

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