I'm trying to figure out why I'm having such a hard time making comics. It might be that the comics I tend to try are the kinds of comics I can't stand reading myself. Wordy action comics, where hammy cliches abound.
What is it that I like in comics? Why am I not emulating it?
Here's a short brainstorm on my favorite comics and what it is I like about them.
Hhellboy: visual imagery, graphic clarity of action, interesting and original mystical doodadery
Daniel Clowes comics: realistic inane banter, enjoying hating of stuff, originality of characters and action, a finger on the pulse of something.
Jaime Hernandez: beautiful understanding of human anatomy, gossipy, cute ladies, human characters, inspires nostalgia for an things I've never experienced
Arrg, this is interesting, because I never put any of these things in my own comics, but infuriating, because I don't know how to start doing it. Why do I have this disconnect when I start drawing comics? I forget everything I've learned and everything I want to do, and try to ...I don't know live up to some uncoscious idea of what making comics is supposed to be. I can't just put a good drawing in the panel, I have to put a depiction of what the action is supposed to be. Composition, appeal, figure-ground all go out the window, as a sacrifice to what's supposed to be happening
It could also be that my theories on comic making far outstrip my actual comic making experience. I once had the same problem with drawing, and the only way I got to two to catch up was by drawing 15 minutes a day. So... how about drawing comics for 15 minutes a day?
yeah...how about it?