Thursday, September 06, 2007

September Is "The New York Four" Month

The bulk of the art you will see in The New York Four next year has to be produced in the next 6 weeks. I don't enjoy the fact that I have to pencil, ink and tone 70 pages in one month, but there it is. I've had to change my way of thinking to a daily cartoonist or a true manga artist. No longer is it feasible to dwell on the kick-ass quality of that panel I just kicked-ass on for 6 hours. It's all about volume, volume, volume. Pages, pages, pages. I'll sleep next year, thanks.


The Minx art boards I was originally sent featured 2 small blueline pages per 11X17 sheet. At first, I laughed heartily and mocked its very existence . But no one's laughing now. I've been reduced to working small, maybe 110% of print size in some feeble attempt to regain some sense of daily accomplishment. The results have not pleased me. The lines are too bulky and my hand has been seriously cramping up and stinging with pain. i've been putting my hand on an icepack every night. technically speaking, It sucks. It's hard to say, under these conditions, that I'm doing my "best work". My ceiling is still very high, and better quality is down the road. But this book will atleast be as good as Local and that has to count for SOMETHING.


My art pages aren't pretty to look at , and I've always considered my art pretty disposable. i don't throw the stuff away, but I practically give it away. Some artists think of their work as priceless jewels , and that's cool. But my art is full of patches , white-out and correction tape. I have to redraw and make corrections on translucent vellum. I agonize over lines too.


The New York Four layout sketch. This is what i send to editor Shelly Bond.


Inks and tones. This page is still in process and needs to be cleaned up. The art's still messy. All the girls can be seen here eating sushi. In the booth, from left to right: Lona, Merissa, Ren and Riley.

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9 Comments:

Blogger John G said...

70 pages in one month.... you are destroying my mind!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous jnr said...

take care of that hand.

maybe some dit da jow would help? this guy is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, and he makes great jows for a variety of specific healing uses.

http://www.coilingdragoninternalarts.com/ditdajow.html

11:32 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Cripes! Is there any way Shelly can throw an extension on that? Tingling in your drawing hand isn't good man.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Felipe Cunha said...

is there a particular reason for Minx´art boards being so small?

8:07 PM  
Blogger RKelly said...

"is there a particular reason for Minx´art boards being so small?"

They're tiny. I don't know. But Minx pay is much less than DC/Vertigo.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous ross said...

i was talking to Josh Howard and he got those mini-boards too!! i got normal size ones for my book, though.. but the actual art is only about 8.5x13.5, so i don't know if i even needed the full-size paper. anyway. man those are some small pages you got going there. maybe i'll try that next time..

i have problems with my hand/forearm/wrist, too. i hear ya, dude. i feel your pain. can't wait to read the book!!

11:40 AM  
Blogger RKelly said...

Ross,
I drew the first 70 pages at the 8.5x13.5 size then i gave up and switched to drawing at 7 X 10ish to catch up on my schedule...Unless, it's a 6 panel page. no way I'm drawing a 6 panel page at Smurf size.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I couldn't do that in a year! You are crazy! Crazy I say! Good luck to you and reast your hand!

I found your site surfing around and it's really great. I liked your stuff in LOCAL.

6:28 AM  
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