Firstly, Allow me to introduce myself: I have been lurking here for a few weeks now, but only have just joined. I admit that I mostly look at the drawings, and seldomly read what people have to say (this will change soon). I also don't exactly know how friendly this place is. the other 2 forums I have ever joined range from family friendly to complete dickheads (fwooshnet.com and Mindless Self Indulgence Boards, respectfully). So I don't know where this place stands, really.
Anyway, If this topic is in the wrong place, I expect Mods to move it to the right place. now, on to the topic at hand:
I have been trying my damnedest to make a comic with my roommate over the last month in a half. We have everything pretty much planned out, with ideas pooping out of our heads daily, and though he lavishes me with praise on my artwork, I can't help but feel that what I see on the paper is NOT what I see in my head. I can't seem to get the look down right. from depth, to right angles, to just nearly everything, I can't seem to get it right (I will be posting pics as soon as I get to my scanner to show what I mean). My style is a self-proclaimed kitbash of Batman Animated series (and the shows that fallowed up to Justice League Unlimited), Dexters Lab, and sort of Disneys Atlantis, with work from Ben Caldwell mixed in thanks to Action! Cartooning. In other words, simple, but dynamic and stylish.
The story feels solid, and the directing is, I feel, well done, too. I can see the costumes, the characters, the camera angles, the settings, everything in my head, but when I go to that sketch pad and try to make it show worthy for others to see, it falls considerably short. I am actually way to embarrassed of the abortion that my hand has made on the paper to even bother showing others. However, for the sake of trying to learn how to fix this problem, expect these images to show up on this thread in the upcoming days.
So, here I stand, wondering if others feel this way, and wondering how they over come this obstacle. any ideas? tidbits? etc?
And also, do I really gotta do an image starting with the line skeleton and working in the details upon layers of details later? or do real comic artist just jump to what is needed to be done before inking it takes place? Just wondering.
Finally, do Blue pencils REALLY help with scanning images and it not showing up? I read somewhere that this was true...
Thank you all for any help in advance, I do appreciate it.