Stranger in the Night is a short story I put together for all you horror fans out there. I wrote and illustrated this short comic based on an old short horror story. I am timing myself each time I do a story in which I write, pencil, color, and letter, all in the same day and have it down to about six hours start to finish. As a result, I use my time more wisely and don’t second guess myself. Short deadlines force me to make decisions that I need to make without allowing myself to second guess myself. Trent Kanigua has some great videos about this. I also have a previous discussion here.
If you have ever watch the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, you may have seen a similar tale to this one. It’s been used a lot in different forms of media but I consider this attempt at Fan Art and an artistic acknowledgement of some great literary work. I do read a lot and I watch a lot of reruns so its no wonder that I’m full of older inspirations.
Below you’ll see the comic and a WIP video I uploaded to YouTube for your viewing entertainment. As always, I hope to hear what you think about my work.
Finding your style takes time and experimentation along with the ability to let yourself know that you don’t have to be perfect. Being too critical about every line that you put down on paper or an electronic tablet in this day and age will force you into frustration. I watched an old Bob Ross video and I remember him saying to embrace the happy accidents and let them help add to your painting. I think the same can be said about drawing as well. This week’s post is of my current horror comic, a time lapse of my work, and some of my discovered insights.
My WIP is from my second story which is part of my horror anthology that I’m working on. The tool I used to create this is actually in Clip Studio Paint. I clearly haven’t been paying attention to some of their recent developments but I’m happy to say it sure works well. This is relatively short BUT I don’t want to give away too much before my book is complete. I’m expecting to release it on Amazon over the next couple of months. If you notice I’m not posting as much, wellllll, it’s probably because I’m going full force into finishing this project.
One of the things I struggle with my line art is perfection. Why does it have to be perfect? I don’t think it does at all. It just has to be be able to tell the story well. Not every line may work the way it’s supposed to. Input I received from other people is that they like the roughness of the scenes and that it gives the story an edgy look. I’ll take it as a compliment and as a realization that art appreciation is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone will like everything but everybody likes something. So when you feel like you are not good enough. Shake the feeling off and keep drawing. Improvement along with style development comes with time.
If you like this excerpt, I have provided the first story for free and it’s right here. You know I’m always looking for likes and comments. Please leave yours. I’ll be sure to comment back. Have a great evening!