Ugh…check that post up there out. Yeesh.
I mean it’s always good to see how far you’ve come but there are so many things wrong with that face on the left that I’m embarrassed. For me it’s the best illustration of right idea wrong wrong execution. This is also just about the only early image of the samurai I have. Because of some bad previous partnerships, I got into the bad habit of viewing everything I draw as inherently disposable. Like it was never going to go anywhere except the trash. This also developed a tendency to immediately conceptualize things in my head, I then move to Photoshop where I can just erase and reiterate until we have exactly what we want. This is a bad mindset to be in especially if you’re a comic artist and people may one day want to buy those original sketches, so I’m trying my very hardest to draw on paper more and to keep character design sketches like this. Case in point, The Merchant.
At the bottom of the post you’re going to see some of the only concept art for The Merchant. Most of it I drew in anticipation of having to “sell” the character to Jimmy who was, until this point, very opposed to any sort of supernatural element to the story. We both were, really. We didn’t want it to become a stereotypical “Samurai fights demons in feudal Japan” story because there are hundreds of those. But this character, his design, and the purpose we’ve determined for him are very supernatural in nature. But, as you’ve seen with how we use color, this kind of content is very purposeful. So don’t expect to see him fight a dragon or anything anytime soon.
Remember to come back next week for part 2 of our Merchant arc and to ask us anything all July!