I’m drawing most stuff digitally these days, using custom brushes made by Kyle T Webster. And even drawings I make by hand get cleaned up in Photoshop, so if I mess up and smudge everything, it’s not a huge deal. Computers!
You can lay down a clean piece of paper under the meat of your drawing hand to prevent smudging, sometimes that helps. Sometimes I wrap a piece of toilet paper around where I grip my pen, if it’s an incontinent pen.
I know you’ve heard this advice before, but it’s true: keep trying materials and papers until you find something you like. Don’t get stuck with one way of doing things! That said, I really like Stonehenge paper + Muji sketchbooks + this carbon ink pen at the moment. Warning: this pen is highly incontinent.
You can’t, man. :(
I mean, even with stuff you do leave behind (see above), how long does it have to last to be a lasting trace? A generation? 300 years? And how will you personally get to enjoy the lasting?
So excited I can finally talk about this amazing project I’ve been putting together over the last few years. Can’t talk about it right now though — we’ve got twelve episodes to write! See you in six months!
Me too! I’m now firmly planted in Los Angeles and working as a production designer on Bojack Horseman. Twelve episodes will be airing later this year on Netflix. STAY TUNED.
I graduated from UCLA with an art degree in 2006 and then I:
- worked on a webcomic with my friend Raphael
- did odd jobs I found on Craigslist
- got a puppy
- drove to Vermont with my new puppy and crashed at a friend’s place for a few months while I figured out what to do
- drove back to LA and got a job as a secretary/warehouse worker. For two years I did this job during the day and made art/comics most evenings. This seems really idyllic to me in retrospect, but at the time it was probably lonely and hard!