2. How does the work in our concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?
The work in my concentration displays my desire to refine a "comic-book" style of art because all of the pieces in my concentration are all part of one big piece. All my pieces tie together and create a ten-page story. This definitely displays the exploration of my idea, because instead of having ten "pin-up" drawings of various people that are unrelated, I have ten cohesive pages that flow together and create a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Each page took at least four hours, with some pages taking up to eight hours, but it really shows. Each page was drawn up with stick figures first, then penciled lightly, then penciled darkly, then traced in black ink to create a professional looking black and white comic book.
I think that this year my area of concentration really represents my artistic direction for the first time ever, in previous years my concentration has always been a random collection of decent art that I threw together at the last minute, this year, I thought of an idea for my concentration and I followed through with it, creating exactly what I wanted to. I was able, for once, to create something that I am proud to share and proud to say represents my area of concentration in art. I think that someone who wants to draw comics created a ten page comic for their ten page area of concentration is very fitting and definitely shows some patience, determination, and skill.
My comic is inspired by artists such as Dave Mazzuchelli, John Romita Jr. and Frank Miller, all of whom I have commented on earlier in this blog in separate posts. Some of the more difficult things about creating this comic book were inking it, which could be very difficult because there was no room for error. Also, pencilling some of the combat positions was very difficult, especially those from weird angles. I found that I had to get everything right before inking it though, because I would never want to ink over something that I thought to be anatomically incorrect, because I would feel like I was cheating myself by not doing my best. My own sense of perfectionism sometimes was the thing that made me take much longer than I thought I should take on some pages. Page five is a prime example of such perfectionism creating alot of work for me. In the bottom panel of page four, I created a giant jungle scene that the hero, Stopwatch, has fallen into after traveling through time. For the beginning of page five, I heavily illustrated the jungle in the first panel and found that I had backed myself into the corner of having to recreate that hyperdetailed jungle in every single panel for the rest of the page. This jungle took at least three hours on its own, not to mention the other five hours that the other parts of the page took up. It is examples like that, of me feeling like I had to add just a little bit more detail, that made drawing this comic very time consuming but also very rewarding. I have never in my life created anything as detailed and comprehensive as this comic book. The other reason it took so long to do is that the pages are not the average 8.5" by 11" that is the general size for most sketches and drawings but rather a much larger piece of posterboard with a much larger area that had to be filled.
Drawing ten pages on this type of paper is no easy task, it was not a task that could be ever be accomplished in one weekend, even if I spent every waking minute on it, I would only be able to make a couple of pages maximum over the course of a weekend. That is why I'm so proud of what I've accomplished over the last couple months. It is the first time in my artistic career that
I have set a very lofty goal and accomplished it without slacking and without rushing. I took my time and perfected every single detail on the way to created this comic, this was truly a labor of love. It was a concept that I cared dearly about, one that I would not cheat myself by rushing on, one that I devoted myself to for hours every single night for mid-November to mid-January. This comic represents the peak of my abilities right now, the absolute best I have to offer to anyone artistically, my art does not get any better than this. That is why it is my concentration, not because the teacher told me to create ten pieces for an area of concentration for a grade, but rather because I wanted to create something that I could be proud of, that I could keep in my portfolio for years to come, something that I could use to show people what I excel at and to show people my passion for drawing art in this style.