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Then and Now

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 7, 2015
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“Save ALL your work. Never throw your old art in the trash!” was a repeated mantra from all my art teachers over the years. The reasoning behind this idea makes sense: Old art is like a time capsule for fresh ideas and it can be a great addition in a portfolio to show the starting point and progression of improvement. Whether we saved our art on purpose or by accident, old art has a way of following (or haunting) us when we revisit it again. Always think twice before uploading a comic because the Internet has a great memory and is quietly waiting to show us old art we thought had been deleted.

I have heard that ten-thousand-hours of practicing a single task makes anyone an expert. I have not read a comic with a ten-thousand page archive, but I can assume that a ten-thousand page webcomic would show a phenomenal level of improvement from the first page to the last. One trend I have seen is when a comic reaches its 300th page and the creator decides to return to the first twenty pages to redraw it with the new evolved style. I have redrawn pages in my archive to see how the pages would have looked in my current style. There does come a time when the redrawn pages start to look dated and then there is a need to redraw the redrawn archive (rinse/wash/repeat). Sometimes it is better to continue moving forward while making new pages with an improving style and just hope no one ever sees the early work.

When I read new comics that are just starting out, I enjoy the rawness of the art even if I can see stray sketch lines. I often find the dialogue very funny even though the text bubbles are not perfect. The magical thing about the early stages of a comic is that it is meant to tell a story or a joke and often succeeds in doing it without a lot of flashy art. I would encourage anyone who wants to create a comic to just get all those rough ideas, lines of dialogue, and scribbles down on paper because you can always redraw it after your art improves.

I am sure we have all seen an old drawing from yesteryear that we would not want to share with anyone. These pictures might make your eyes bleed or induce a serious fever, when in reality, they were the best example of your artistic talent at the time they were drawn. So the next time you read through the early pages in your comic archive, remember that the art in those pages WERE the bomb-dot-com in 2007 and that you have come along way as an artist.


DRUNK DUCK FASHION FORUM

#Pageant2015 #Pageant2015 #Pageant2015

Yes, yes, yes Fashionistas! The Drunk Duck Fashion Forums have been VERY active over the last six months thanks to VinoMas, the “friendliest Vampire in the world”, and they have been having Pageants throughout the whole summer. The Talent, Swimsuit, and Evening Wear themed competitions that spanned July and August have just concluded.

Check out all the submitted entries:

DDFF Pageant 2015 : SemiFinals : Evening Wear Competition JULY & AUGUST 2015
http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176969/

DDFF Pageant 2015 : SemiFinals : Swimsuit Competition JULY & AUGUST 2015
http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176966/

DDFF Pageant 2015 : SemiFinals : Talent Competition JULY & AUGUST 2015
http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/176967/

and GUESS WHAT!?

Our very own ozoneocean is gearing up for the brand new fashion theme for September 2015!!

This month's theme is: MAD MAX
details:

OK, it's September and it's MY turn to do the theme this time.
You have entered the O-Zone!
My theme is Mad Max.

Bellow I will post a whole lotta pics from the movies of the post apocalyptic glory that is Mad Max.

There are a lot of different styles, it's not all just torn leather jackets and shotguns…

- You have fascist police all in leather from the first film.
- Tina Turner in a stylish chain mail future dress with huge shoulder pads.
- MasterBlaster, the dwarf riding on the shoulders of the helmeted giant.
- Virgina Hey all dressed in white and gridiron pads.
- The War Boys from the latest film with their white torsos, black strappy trousers, army boots and black or chrome over their eyes.
- Immortan Joe with his hair and teeth mask.
- Max with long hair and a cloak.
- Children of the wilderness in tribal costume.
- Furiosa in he T-shirt, with her shaved head and prosthetic arm.
- The breeding women from the ltest film in their gauzey sexy gear.
- The wasteland women of the latest movie in their cool cloaks and goggles
and more!

Visit the Drunk Duck Fashion Forum September: MAD MAX for all the juicy bits and details.

DDFF September : MAD MAX
Link: http://theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/177357/


Happy Labor Day!!
Hopefully, if you live in the United States, you are not reading comics from your work computer today.



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VinoMas at 8:30PM, Sept. 9, 2015

Kawaii - Great articie! Love your photos and changes and Leona! Thanks for the DDFF shoutout! Interview is our second competition before Swimsuit, Talent, and Evening Wear and it's coming up next for you to vote in the webcomic #Pageant!

Ironscarf at 5:38PM, Sept. 8, 2015

When I look at old pages I always feel as though I completely missed the point of what comic art is supposed to be about, even if they're reasonably well drawn. I remember reading an interview with Jack Kirby where he said it doesn't matter HOW you draw, it only matters WHAT you draw. I didn't understand that at the time but the mists are beginning to clear. I reckon another 9000 hours should just about nail it.

Luccia at 10:22AM, Sept. 7, 2015

I actually love looking at older pages and seeing the art transform on everyone's comics, including my own. Plus, there might be some things that you really liked about those older pages, like the way they were colored or layouts, that may have gotten lost during the transformation and completely forgotten about. So when you go back and look at them, you think maybe you might try to incorporate those little details in with your new art. The transition of old to new art creates a treasure all its own.

Banes at 10:10AM, Sept. 7, 2015

My brother recently told me my art looks the same now as it did when I was 10. He wasn't putting it down, just saying it looks the same to him. Must remember the 10,000 hours is hours of EFFORT, not lackadaisical drawrin'. But then...shortcuts! Oy, I'm so confoozed...

usedbooks at 6:22AM, Sept. 7, 2015

Yeah. My eyes bleed if I look at old pages. But I must move forward. Scripts are crying to me with impatience to be transformed into pages.

KimLuster at 6:05AM, Sept. 7, 2015

Ditto, one page = 10+ hours for me!! Ha yah my early pages... I'm never gonna redo them unless I redo the whole comic (which ain't likely either... :D)

usedbooks at 4:47AM, Sept. 7, 2015

10,000 pages = 10,000 hours? I must work slowly. :P Takes me 8 to 10 hours for a page. :P but you need practice and talent to excel at a task. One or the other doesn't cut it. You hit a mediocre plateau with one alone.


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