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my ink is getting thicker

From Mood of Google I get sad sometimes, when I reduce the artwork down to a sensible size. Sad about how the lines become a hazy approximation of themselves and the tones begin to munge and lose their variation. Compare this excerpted panel to this week's strip to see what I mean. In order to make the features visible, I had to fade the washes on her face way out, apocalyptic drama sacrificed for the sake of legibility. It happens a lot. Disappearance through reduction of Tony Blair's head on a melon. Even the Insensitive Crow lost detail. So I've picked out some panels and posted them over here, in a gallery imaginatively called "illustrations", to soothe my troubled sense of artistic achievement. I always did mean to sort out a better way of posting my strips. Another of those things I never get around to ...

add it to; buying a new duvet, hoovering the sitting room floor, sorting out that bag of toys, de-duping the early 90s comics, getting rid of the dresses I wore at precious parties, cutting the scary thorn tree, tiny shiny dykes, putting some of the rarebits on ebay, making the upstairs table into a workspace again, getting rid of that stupid barstool and the broken chair and the old leather jacket I loved so much, getting back on my bike, repotting the bathroom money tree, going through all those damn photos, phoning my mum, going to visit my sister, going to visit my sister, going to visit my sister and going to visit my sister.

And so on, and so forth, for ever and ever.

Comments

( 21 worms — Feed the birds )
stylishbastard
16th Feb, 2005 23:52 (UTC)
Tiny shiny dykes?
cleanskies
16th Feb, 2005 23:56 (UTC)
toy cr*p
http://www.alleged.org.uk/jrd/2004/20040119.html

it was supposed to be the first of ... well, never mind.
stylishbastard
17th Feb, 2005 00:01 (UTC)
Re: toy cr*p
I find that faintly arousing..I think it's the lack of nipples and big eyes. And the labrador.
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 00:23 (UTC)
There's a pin-up somewhere, too --- ah, here she is -- the third side of the love triangle.

damn, that bleach really was on for too long.
stylishbastard
17th Feb, 2005 00:32 (UTC)
I like you. You're fun!
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:14 (UTC)
ahhhh
I went to bed before I read this. So not all that fun.
jinxremoving
17th Feb, 2005 01:56 (UTC)
OMG! tony blair's head on a melon! i am in love with that cartoon.
jinty
17th Feb, 2005 10:43 (UTC)
I like your new gallery a great deal
it's more like seeing the original art.

That panel 'I hope for end' is scary. I like that a great deal too.
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:35 (UTC)
the interface has some annoyances
like that the descriptions don't allow html, so I can't just pop a link to the strip in question underneath it. But it's nice to see some decent-sized pictures online ...
ceciley
17th Feb, 2005 11:54 (UTC)
Tony Blair as a melon
How? How did you do it? How?
ceciley
17th Feb, 2005 12:05 (UTC)
Re: Tony Blair as a melon
What would you say if I asked if I could print out a copy for Andrew Smith's office? Fully accredited of course. I could put it up by the tea and coffee to surprise the volunteers.
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:10 (UTC)
Re: Tony Blair as a melon
Be my guest! Just chuck a web address on it so people can look up more of the same if they want to ... ( www.alleged.org.uk )
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:14 (UTC)
shanghai the office data projector
and you can make your own. Just add hammers!

... oh wait, did you mean the graphic? I just took a tony photo, adjusted the blending properties to make it translucent and wrapped it over the melon-shape. Well, actually I just bodged it with a skew and a punch, but the principle is the same.
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:25 (UTC)
for other uses of a data projector
motodraconis
17th Feb, 2005 14:05 (UTC)
You have to keep original art for gloating over, stroking a screen is never the same, never quite the same shiny stippled feel.
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:36 (UTC)
I'm beginning to wonder
if I really need to keep *all* of the original art ...
marstokyo
17th Feb, 2005 14:39 (UTC)
I absolutely LOVE it!
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 16:37 (UTC)
thanks
different paper from usual. More texture.
marstokyo
17th Feb, 2005 16:42 (UTC)
Re: thanks
And the india ink washes!
applez
17th Feb, 2005 17:00 (UTC)
Dream of Sex...
Very 'Zed & Two Noughts'-sex, Jeremy. :-)
cleanskies
17th Feb, 2005 17:19 (UTC)
Re: Dream of Sex...
yeah ... I was wondering if anyone would pick up on that one. It was a really odd one [...] and then my lower legs just fell off, no pain or blood or anything, just came off in a clean cut just below the knee, and so I had to [...] which was kind of embarrassing, and then [...] and afterwards I fetched up trying to reattach my legs with string and greaseprooof paper, which was really difficult. They kept coming off again, and again, and again, so I couldn't stand up or [...]
( 21 worms — Feed the birds )