My evening plans: turn on music to tune out the rain outside because I hate it, swipe more of the cookies my mom made, then finish page 32 of Aces. Only two more pages to sketch after this, then the first issue will be done!! Okay, not really. I still have to ink, color and letter the whole thing. Then format for printing. So we’re really not that close. But still!
How many dozens of times, in the past 24 hours alone, have I drawn this girl? I don't even want to count. 😂
What I do know is that as I continued to draw her, I saw more and more flaws in her design. Important flaws too: flaws that contradicted who she was.
Instead of refining the design when I first saw tose mistakes though, kept pushing though. I was feeling lazy, and more than anything I was frustrated that I had yet to draw her consistently.
But, I thought, if I was going to design characters as a professional - if that act was going to be a part of my livelihood - laziness and frustration COULD NOT usurp necessary revisions. So, I went to work making her sharper, more sinister, more angular! I didn't draw her consistently, and the design still isn't "just right". But I most move on to the next project. Kana will go unfinished for the foreseeable future, and I next time, when laziness and frustration want to undermine MY work, it will be a just bit easier to do what I need to do.
Inktober Day 19
The henchmen sat by his shisha, unmoving. A thick cloud of smoke billowed from his mouth, highly toxic and almost alive. Its shimmering eyes fixed on Wesley til it vanished into the air.
Post fact: Having faces form in smoke is an idea I really like, and is something I've tried playing with in the past. In this picture it's ambiguous whether the henchmen is smoking for leisure or if its shisha is dark magic, something a skilled user can create smoke monsters with. If the its the latter, the smoke cloud in this illustration is a 'warning shot' not to come any closer 👾🚬🌁🎃