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Goddamnit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by applecorecomics

I hate this fucking blog.  I feel pangs of guilt every time I start typing a porn site in the address bar and before I can finish, this site’s address appears underneath.  Because it’s always been at least three weeks since my last post.  And that post always promised more regular, weekly posts.

A lot’s going on at the moment.  I’m meeting four people this weekend at three separate times (three Jews and my brother) for interviews for “Unicorns.”  I’m working much more diligently than usual on pages for “Unicorns” because I might be presenting for a TEDx event and need to have lots done.  I’d show you what I’ve done but I haven’t scanned any of it yet and that all takes so long to do.  I’m doing the ‘title pages’ for the six religions.  I finished ‘Islam’ and am working on ‘Judaism.’  Check the website (which I need to pay for another two years or I’ll lose it soon…I’m sure once I move to Portland, Oregon I’ll be much more regular with it.  Oh I’m moving to Portland, Oregon, by the by) soon for some sweet Jewish porn.

Two things I’ve slowly realized in doing these interviews that I consciously avoid letting people in on (and I tell myself that it’s because I want the interviews to go well and not scare people off) :  1)That I’m an atheist; 2)That this is my website.

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Page One Again

Posted in documentary with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by applecorecomics

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Story and Art Copyright 2011 Kyle Draper

A Lamp of Brightest Viscosity

Posted in documentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2011 by applecorecomics

I might coin my role as a sex partner ‘undefined’ at best.  I’m there but I’m not there there.  Some might mistake me for just another morbid pattern in the wallpaper.  Sometimes the wallpaper might even start to peel, while recently-applied glue runs down the wood paneling to the floor.  That’s the cumshot.

I’ve Started COMPLETELY OVER!!

Posted in documentary with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2011 by applecorecomics

It’s not that big a deal since I’d only finished a bit over one page.  Like I said, it was mainly the facial expressions I wanted to alter.  But to do them convincingly I made the faces slightly more realistic.  But to draw with more detail I have to draw on a larger scale, so the shading ended up being a bit more detailed too.

Here’s some stuff I wrote about facial expressions on FlyingOskar.com, if you don’t feel like going there to read it:

For most artists, rendering humans (or anthropomorphic animals) is definitely an important skill.  Whether they are very realistic or mostly cartoonish, facial expressions will be employed.  The most stylized cartoons stick with very simple mouth shapes and eyebrow positions along with body language to get the character’s emotion across.  For example, in the first page I posted:

The mouths, eyebrows, and occasional beard-stroking were employed to get across a character’s mood/thoughts.  My main inspiration for this simplified style is Walt Holcombe, whom I’ve mentioned before.  His characters convey emotions in this manner.  However, when looking back over the page, my characters just seemed stiff and boring.  So, as you can see in the new page, I’ve attempted to render their faces slightly more realistically and use simplified-yet-accurate facial muscle movements to try and get more emotive faces.  (The more detailed panel is a result of having to draw on a larger scale because I tend to draw larger when including more detail).

Probably the best book written yet on rendering facial expressions (and really just info on expressions and facial muscles in general) is this book:

As you’ll read in this book, there are a surprising lack of artist’s resources when it comes to facial expressions.  Strange, considering they are a universal language.  This book identifies every muscle of the face and where it’s attached and how it moves.  The different combinations and intensity of muscle movements are what give us the wealth of expressions of which we’re capable (and body language adds a whole other dimension).

Just one quick example.  The Zygomatic Major is known as the ‘smiling muscle.’  One end is attached to your cheekbone (one on each side) and the other is attached to the skin at the corners of your mouth.  When they contract, they pull the corners of your mouth diagonally toward your cheekbones, making a smile.  Your cheeks bulge, distinct folds appear from your nose to around your mouth, and your bottom eyelids are pushed slightly up, making a slight squint-like look.  Classic smile.  Now add the Curragator (muscle that pulls your eyebrows down and close together to make mad eyebrows) and you have an EVIL SMILE.  Take the smile away and leave the mad eyebrows, now you look like you’re concentrating or confused.  Pull one half of the Frotalis up (the muscle that pulls your eyebrows straight up) and you could be perplexed yet interested.  And so on and so forth.

Definitely a useful resource.  See if you can buy it from a bookstore or directly from the author (Gary Faigin) before getting it from Amazon for 3 cents.

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How Things Are Going So Far

Posted in documentary, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by applecorecomics

OOOoookay.  Sabbatical’s over.  Time to get REAL.

I think I did this panel pretty well.  It’s not finished.  There’s no background, I don’t like the font or the little marks signifying where the words will be.  But the character models, the composition.  I think it all works well.  The idea is to have 3 long panels going down the page in the “interview portion,” like this.  Then, there’s the “historical portion” (when a character talks about religious history) or just some different ways of illustrating what a character’s talking about in an interview.  These portions will be in 3 tall, vertical panels on the page.  That’s the basic idea for the whole layout.

Here’s a description I recently posted on the webzies:

It’s a documentary-style comic about religion in my town. I live in Spartanburg, SC and a friend of mine recently converted to Islam. It turns out we have a mosque, and after going there a couple of times I started looking around and finding some non-Christian places of worship tucked away out of sight. So I started trying to meet people who practice stuff like Buddhism and Wicca while simultaneously somehow living in the Bible Belt.

It’s been interesting. So far I’ve interviewed a Wiccan lesbian couple, a progressive liberal atheist who’s family goes way back to the first settlers around here or something (and they’re all hardcore Church of Christ people), a Muslim dude my age who’s also a doctor and has lived in the U.S. in the South most of his life, etc.

I’m not really trying to have a specific narrative per se, just presenting a side of the South that’s not seen much, I guess. It’s turning out to be more about me (a lot of documentaries turn out to be about the person making them, I think) in that I also grew up in the Church of Christ and only in the past few years became an atheist. I’m planning on having a part about Christianity as well, but it’s pretty much just going to be about myself and my family (my mother, who’s a devout Christian and also hardcore conservative Republican, doesn’t know I’m an atheist. But I do plan on interviewing her about Christianity and telling her. So that will probably be pretty dramatic).

I’m not doing it just for indie publisher fodder, but it does seem like a good idea to maybe get my foot in the door?

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‘Unicorns’ Update 2

Posted in documentary with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by applecorecomics

Very rough sketches.  I want a thick-lined, super mario-esque, Walt Holcombe style.  Here’s an example of Holcombe:

Right now I’m starting the long process of typing out the interview from the tape recorder.  I’d guess about 3 to 3 1/2 hours for one side of tape.  Then it’ll be time to edit and reorganize, then chop it down some more, then get some thumbnails for pages started, all while practicing with a brush (because this will be done mainly with a brush, which I’ve never used before).  I figure if I get the Wicca and Islam interviews illustrated along with some history behind them and some info about Spartanburg, tying them all together well, then I’ll have something I can send out to see if publishers are interested.

Art for ‘Unicorns’ Copyright  2011 Kyle Draper

Art for ‘Things Just Get Away from You” Copyright Walt Holcombe

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GBG: The dirtiest page yet?

Posted in Gold and Blue and Gray with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2011 by applecorecomics

When is the proper time to flex for a lover?  Is it before sex?  During?  Would they even notice?  I asked my mother once.  She just stood there.  Then she flexed before kicking my ass in ‘Dr. Mario.’

The world may never know.

 

Story and Art Copyright 2010-2011 Kyle Draper

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