Tag Archives: 1920s

Showin’ some skin. (NSFW)

2 Mar

Today’s post is kind of a fitting follow-up to Monday’s. As you guys know, I’ve been working with ideas for this 1920’s project (tentatively named Perfectly Fitting) for some time. I’ve been struggling to figure out exactly who my main characters are, since I don’t know much about them yet except for their appearances, names (well, sort of), and occupations. I recently decided that Yulia (the current working name of the female protagonist), who used to be a prostitute at the high-end Everleigh Club, is now working in the burlesque industry. Here’s a two-page series of sketches that I did in an attempt to (a) try to draw her consistently in a bunch of different poses and (b) to figure out the kind of poses she’d need to get into during a strip scene.

A Poetic Strip, part 1

A Poetic Strip, part 2

I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I’m liking the balance between realistic anatomy and stylization that these pages have, and I liked thinking up the different poses. Plus, I think I’m slowly getting better at drawing high heels. I always have a ton of trouble drawing decent-looking shoes, so this is a big deal to me. (And yes, I know that she probably would have her shoes off after taking off the stockings, but I wanted to get some more practice drawing them.)

Lest the “apologies to Dorothy Parker” at the bottom of page 2 not make it clear, that’s a Dorothy Parker poem Yulia is reciting as she works. I guess she’s either a pretty slow talker or a pretty fast stripper. (Also, those are pasties–the kind without tassels–and not very large nipples on the last page.)

I’ll be back on Friday with a poll for you guys, so be sure to come back then! :)

I better start thinking of some names fast. (NSFW)

16 Feb

Seriously. Naming these thesis-related posts is going to be so much easier once I have real titles for the different parts of it! I guess the best I can do right now is to say, “Here are some sketches from that 1920s project.”

So…yeah. Y’know. That. This first one does include some almost-nudity (save for pasties), so you may not want to scroll down while you’re at work.

1920s sketch #1

This is the latest incarnation of the female lead in Perfectly Fitting. After reading American Rose I started thinking that maybe she started work as a stripper after the Everleigh Club was closed down. I’m still working on the plot for this, so I’m not sure if that’ll stick, but right now I like it. At the very least, her being in varying levels of nakedness gives me lots of opportunity to draw Keeley looking flustered, and of course I love doing that!

1920s sketch #2

Here’s our gal heading home from work early one morning. (I think she and I keep similar schedules.) I feel like I’m getting better and better at drawing her, especially when it comes to her haircut. I like how bouncy she looks in this as well as the expression on her face. The only thing I’m not as pleased with is the fur stole–it’s looking a little too much like a Lamb Chop puppet for my taste. Ah well. Perhaps I’ll include a scene in the comic in which it teaches us all a lesson about sharing, possibly through song.

Me? Awake on a Monday? What a novel idea!

25 Oct

Woof. What a weekend! Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to have a weekend that wasn’t spent (a) frantically trying to finish 16 pages to my satisfaction or (b) driving all night. On the other hand, though, it was kind of a bummer to spend the whole weekend in quarantine. I was feeling kind of sick–everyone at CCS has had the sniffles or worse these past few weeks–so I spent the weekend hanging out with Paul (who was feeling way worse than I was, poor guy), taking naps, and watching Boardwalk Empire. It’s a fun show (although, man, did some episodes get way grosser and more violent than I expected!), and it’s great costume porn. I love me some period pieces, especially if they involve pinstripes, cool dresses, and excellent hats. KIND OF LIKE THESE ONES:

Boardwalk Hats

These are actually sketches from a few weeks ago when we watched the first episode; I wasn’t up for much drawing this weekend. I still like how they turned out, though; I drew them in a simpler style that was kind of influenced by the Professor Layton games. (I’ve only just managed to kick a serious addiction to those games, but I doubt it’ll last for long since the third one just came out.) I’d like to do something with these guys (or with characters who look something like them), but I don’t have any specific story ideas for that era other than “draw hats”.

Speaking of dudes in hats, here’s my latest visiting artist sketch:

Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft, who draws the newspaper strip Mama’s Boyz, came to talk to us this week. He was funny, engaging, and generally a great speaker. He had some interesting things to say about his experience in the newspaper industry, self-publishing, and how having a multicultural cast has influenced the reception of his work. It’s ridiculous that some people will still look at a comic and say, “Oh, this comic has black characters? It’s just like [other comic also featuring black characters],” even if race is the only thing those characters have in common. That concept is just really strange to me. I feel like multiculturalism is an important part of comics–I want my worlds to reflect a variety of diverse characters, not just to feature Generic White Protagonist #8,502. That’s not to say that it’s wrong to have a white protagonist or that creators who have them should feel bad; it’s just that I want that to be a conscious decision that I make instead of what I default to without thinking, y’know? I guess it’s just strange to me–even though, sadly, it probably shouldn’t be–that some people are still weirded out by multiculturalism and willing to write it off as all being interchangeable.

*shrugs* Welp, that’s my two cents for this week. I’ll be back on Wednesday with some more arts. If you need somethin’ to read in the meantime, why not check out the Comics Journal’s review of Tales from San Papel, an anthology that I contributed to back in the day (by which I mean during winter break last year). Rob Clough referred to my contribution, It Never Snows in San Papel, as one of the standouts. I am super flattered! :)

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