Hi guys! It’s been a while. I got bored.
Illustration in terms of exploring media is not that fun to me. Exploring media is more a fine-art thing, something where you can’t just throw a simple word out, like “clean,” and come up with interesting ground for long. To pursue media, you really have to be either entirely free to explore, or (if you’re serious), focused on your particular direction. For me, Illustration Friday was simply a way to get in the discipline of doing something for the internet on a routine basis. The comments were nice, but that was the point. And that’s been achieved: I put that effort now into my comic.
I’m posting again because I found a new way to make Illustration Friday work for me. I’m back into cartooning heavily, and finding that I want outlets besides my online comic, which has a very particular tone to it. (The tone of howling madness, bewilderment, and despairr!) So what I figured I’d do is dedicate this blog to three-panel sequences. They aren’t necessarily going to be funny or even have a point, they’re just explorations in putting pictures in sequence, kind of a freeform formal exercise. I’ll use Illustration Friday and various other internet memes and possibly my library of books once again as jumping-off points. There will be little experimentation with media, though: just three black and white panels per post.
This comic reads like a Carol Lay cartoon, and what I’m going to do here in the near future will also follow that path, because Carol Lay is one of my very favorite cartoonists on this still somewhat green Earth.