I’m offering A2 prints of this drawing for AU$40 (plus postage) for the rest of March. That’s half the normal price. I’ll post to anywhere in the world.
This is an artwork I drew several years ago over about 7 months. It’s still one of my favourite pieces.
If you’re kind enough to reblog this before the end of March, I’ll put you in the draw to win a free half-sized (A3) print of the same picture. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winner.
NB: this competition is NOT associated with Tumblr in any official capacity, I just want to offer something fun!
Just in case you don’t follow my art blog, here’s something I’d like you to see.
Well… this time I do! It’s the first time I’ve lettered speech balloons (or anything, really). It’s mostly a big cheat because I’m not good enough at composition yet to cater for text when I’m drawing. The images are a big hotch-potch of scanned and stuck-together drawings as well. There won’t be any “original pages” when this project is done, just a huge rambling collection of inked panels and disjointed text! But that’s okay because the aim is print.
My process, for anyone who might be interested:
- draw and ink all the images.
- scan the images in and position them on templates I made previously (the templates have adequate printing margins, etc. in case this ever becomes a book. The gutters are marked in, too - it helps that I’m using only three sizes of panels throughout the whole comic, just in different arrangements. Single panels, double-wide panels, and the occasional splash page. Keeping it simple.)
- Then I print these pages!
- With a pencil and a ruler, I mark guidelines for my text on the printed copies, and rough in some lettering to get a general idea of where words should go.
- I take a sheet of tracing paper, pop it over the top and carefully ink my final words onto it. To save paper, I ink every sentence onto the same sheet in a jumble.
- then I scan THAT, and I’m ready to chop up the scanned text and copy-paste it where it’s meant to be. Speech bubbles are drawn in underneath (with the text set to a Multiply layer) to eliminate guesswork and cramped text. Joe, you’d already know this but I’ll share it anyway: the single best tip anyone ever gave me for making comics was “draw the text, THEN the bubbles.”
Today I did not hang myself because I’ve finally finished sorting the photos from Jordan. An afternoon or two of editing and they’ll be done!
This is the view up the hill from where we stayed near Petra - it’s a village called Taybet Zaman. The hotel is actually the old village buildings refurbished; those buildings were abandoned when people moved up the hill to more modern housing with electricity and so on. You’re looking at the modern village in this photo.
Recently I did not hang myself because… I may have been just a little excited about visiting Petra…
PS. We very briefly met Marguerite van Geldermalsen, and I’m reading her book ‘Married to a Bedouin.’ She’s not a natural writer, but it’s very endearing and gives you a lot of information on the people, country and culture. Would recommend! Especially this close to the dreaded 14th of February.
Chan Dissanayake is a multi-award winning watercolour Artist, living in Canberra, ACT. His works are highly sought after in local and regional galleries. He also conducts regular workshops throughout Australia.
(Visit www.chandissan.com for workshop details and more of his amazing art!)
Join us for the liedekijn exhibition Opening: 7pm, Thursday 28 March 2012, at The Front Gallery, Lyneham.
If you can’t make it (and even if you can) you can pre-order the artbook/exhibition catalogue at http://bit.ly/liedekijn
This man’s beautiful work is why I’m having exhibition-wall-sharing-anxiety.
SERIOUSLY, BUY OUR ARTBOOK. (Please.) It will be a thing of beauty.