I did draw a comic, but I’ve just not felt like scanning and texting 429 (the next comic). Subsequently, more sketches and a long rant.
[100613: Four dead links]
This a rare update being written early!
So recently, I felt that I was in an artistic rut. First, I felt that I’m really just doing the same thing over and over. Second,I felt that my art is no longer improving.
Well, first is pretty much true; though, when you’re drawing a comic (even at the snail’s rate at which I’m drawing my comic) this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it keeps the comic consistent. And consistency in a comic is by all means a good. But in a holistic sense (Why is this not spelt “wholistic”? Or is it actually “wholistic” and everyone else spelling it wrong?) this is not such a good thing. More or that later or next week.
The second, after some thought, isn’t true. Or it may be, but to a lesser extent.
When I last reflected about artistic evolution (d105), I had moved from what I called the “Sloppy Line II Period ” (Or something like that) into the now coined “single-line-with-too-many-gaps-and-minimal-shading period”. In retrospect, as of d131, I was already moving into the next “period”, though I didn’t know it at that time.
As of now, the current “period” (relative to single-line-with-blah-blah-blah) consists of: 1) [attempted, pseudo-successful] variation in line widths, more comprehensive shading, more detail and drawing larger (which goes hand in hand with the previous two for the most part). A good example is in last week’s sketches  and  [100613: Two dead links]. Compare that to Philia in d131 and the sketches from Episode 123  and  [100613: Two dead links]. There’s other stuff I’m sure, but subconsciously done, or that I’ve just forgotten.
The “periods” tend to come about when I screw with something and it turns out pretty good. I usually don’t spend too much time trying anything drastically new on my day-to-day drawing (hence, my first point at the top of this reflection), but once in a while I’ll come across something – by chance or on purpose – that works better than what I was doing before and after a while it’ll work itself into my art.
Sometimes it’s a “style change”. Other times it’s say, a “tune up”.
So today’s sketches are the tip of the iceberg of what should be my artistic endeavors for the foreseeable future. It’s a long to-do list. We’ll see what it brings in a couple of months…