Thought Bubble 2013
A quick post about Thought Bubble 2013. If any of you get a chance to go there, don’t miss it. It’s a wonderful event, focused on comics and the relation between the reader and the creator and the enjoyment you get out of being both.
It was great to meet some very nice people, some I admire immensly, and to see how generous everyone is, no matter how big they became through their body of work. Geof Darrow, one of my heroes, is an example of that: funny, warm, down to earth and generous - when I gave him one of my books he gave me one of his sketchbooks, that’s how cool he is. Same thing for Brandon Graham, who gave me Walrus in a similar situation. We’ve all heard stories of people being disappointed when meeting their favorite creators. Well, not me.
Also, Leeds is a beautiful city, it’s worth the visit alone. Don’t miss it in 2014. You won’t regret it,
Q:Hello! Will you be at Thought Bubbles this year? I missed your name on the exhibitors/guests page, so I'd like to make sure if and where I would be able to find you. (Have fun with yoour 3 points, just seeing that photo made me itchy to take out my rulers and draw some wicked views! :D) Kaśka
Thanks, it is a fun thing to do, particulalry when it starts coming together :). About Thought Bubble, yes I’ll be there, but not as a guest, just a regular visitor, staring over Brandon Graham’s table or Geof Darrow’s until they call security. So I’ll be roaming around but feel free to say hi if you’re able to catch me.
Q:I would love to see some sort of "tutorial" of your method of doing 3-point perspective. Its the only one giving me problems when I try to apply it to panels.
There really are no secrets to perspective (or to anything else really). It’s just practice and doing it over and over again until you’re comfortable with it.
I could do a tutorial but it’s something already covered up many times in the web, so I’ll leave some links to some very complete tutorials by artist Matthew M. Laskowski, known as Fox-Orian on Deviant Art. Here he covers perspective (including the 3 points one) and composition. It’s good stuff:
A little info on how I do it. I figure all camera angles during layout stage, where I draw freely. Then, when drawing the actual page, I draw the perspective quickly and loosely with a free hand. In case the vanishing points are inside the paper I sign them right away then start defining the loose shapes with a ruler for precision. In case they are outside I tape paper to my sheet as you saw on the picture and pick a ruler to follow my free hand lines until they encounter themselves, and there’s my vanishing point. This allows me a better control over the overal drawing,instead of establishing a vanishing point first and then follow it. What I do draw right away is the horizon line. That’s the thing that guides the position of the elements in the panel and it’s important to have it right away so that you know where things stand in relation to one another.
Other than this, just try it out 100 times. It will get easier… eventually.