Saturday, November 22, 2014

Last Sunday of 2014


Here is the last Judge Parker Sunday of this year, which I finished and delivered to King Features this week. Next year I'll be heading into my 6th year on the strip--where does all the time go? It goes into millions of little lines that equal a huge pile of strips by now!!  I might start selling some as I need to manage my space in my archives, its almost filled to the brim. The gang is still stranded in the trailer park and who knows when they will be able to break free and get back home. It's been 2 days in strip time but at this point its been 26 weeks of storyline, as time works much slower when you have multiple story lines and only three panels daily. I enjoyed drawing the baby squirrel  here the most--though sexy gals are always a joy to draw and a constant pull for the message board trolls to fantasize over. I know a few of the trolls haunt my blog.

I think teenage girls are the hardest to draw as the teens all look much older today that when I was a teen. A 16 year old can look 22 now pretty easy, they are way more affected by fashion trends of celebrities. I teach a lot of young students, a bulk of them young women, art schools are full of way more women than men in my experience,  so I do get to see many trends and ideas from my students. In my Illustration Class I have 99% female students so I see a wide mix of fashion styles, though i realize since they are artists they are probably a bit more eclectic and stylish.

 I still wish we had a full page for the Sunday strips like the great golden age, but I suppose we are lucky to even have the size we get now. I haven't seen a Sunday paper in a long time myself, and the last time the strips were printed so small it was a shame. In a change-up I inked most of this Sunday with an old Esterbrook nib.

Between JP and the DC work it's double duty for a few months in the studio, but being winter I suppose that's OK, I wish I could squeeze out a few more paintings as I have a show with the PPAP in January.

1 comment:

Ann said...

You mentioned the difficulty drawing teenagers today. I am not an artist, but the character's eyes can really make a difference in their age. Here is an amateur observation / suggestion.
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In the second panel of the rough draft of Sophie feeding the squirrel, her face is perfectly reflecting her teenage youth. However, when one switches to the clearer finished picture, her eyes, brows and lashes are highlighted with sharp, detailed makeup. I believe this is the effect that makes her look older than the rough draft. I think if you can remove, soften, or lighten the mascara & eyeliner, etc... in the finished picture, it will make her look younger without any loss of beauty.