Push­ing through fail­ures

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This is the hard­est part! I have an idea, but when I draw it it’s a mess. Af­ter a few goes I feel like a ter­ri­ble artist. My prob­lem is of­ten story. If the drawing isn’t work­ing, I need to think about nar­ra­tive: what’s hap­pen­ing, what mo­ti­vates the char­ac­ters, what idea am I try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate? Once I have the an­swers, ev­ery­thing usu­ally falls into place.

Au­gust 2015

Rough block-ins

One of the best ways to avoid chaos early on is to paint rough block-ins. Th­ese are the equiv­a­lent of thumb­nails, but don’t need to be small – you can do them quickly if you stay rough. Hav­ing said this, if your com­po­si­tion works when it’s small, then it will prob­a­bly work when large. I like to test the val­ues this way, too.

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