It’s the other Matt again, writing again so soon. As I’ve mentioned in the last post I had been absent for a while because I was drawing and I thought to myself, “Should I upload the individual pages one at a time, or all in one go?” I decided on the latter and here it is ‘A Marriage Ended’, the draft version.
I must say overall it’s been a good experience; traditionally I would do the thumbnails of the pages and move straight onto what would be more or less the finished version. However, I wanted to be a lot more analytical and a lot more pragmatic about my area of practice this time around. I must say many hours have been put into this and it’s payed off. Plus, I’ve had plenty of positive feedback from people who have seen the pages, both face-to-face and online, and I had Matt cheering me on from the sidelines, which always helps.
To be honest, when I started it really was going to be a quick draft, but as time went on I just kept adding more and more, one of my flaws is that I can’t stop and could spend hours drawing a small car in the background but I have the rest of the page to do, that is why you may notice a slight increase in quality of the work when you compare the first page to the rest of the book. I drew these pages at A4, and just used pencils, pigment liners and some permanent markers. For some reason I felt the compulsion to add crosshatching, which is something I haven’t done since GCSE Art, I always felt it was tedious and not something that came naturally to me, yet I did it, I guess it’s one of those moments where I felt it was appropriate based on the tone of the story, whether it will continue, who knows. After they’re done, I scan them and digitally add a little colour, just to highlight some things, the final version will be coloured of course.
I had been adding the pages online via social media, but when I was finished I turned it into a PDF and uploaded it to ‘issuu’ it’s a great resource to utilise, it’s free and it digitally converts your work into a digital book, it can make you’re work look professional and can help give you a sense of what your book may look like if it was physically printed. Check it out and see what you think of what I’ve done so far, now onto the next step.– Matthew Parker, matthewparkerart.wordpress.com