WORLD OF HURT – The Thrill-Seekers – Episode 37 – “You Are My Number One Guy”
I was so much happier with the pencil version than I was with the final inks. It was during this time that I significantly changed my working method from what I was doing when I first started the strip. Originally, I was pencilling on a custom blue line template that I printed onto Bristol board. Each 11″ X 17 ” sheet had room for two strips. As time went on, I stopped using the templates, and would just pencil on a large sheet of Bristol. I thought I would take advantage of the capacity to digitally reproduce fine lines and more detailed work that my newsprint forebears lacked. As a result, the panels got larger and larger, until it reached this critical mass, where I was only able to put two panels on each sheet of Bristol. I would then digitally crop and composite all three panels in Photoshop. Since I also wasn’t paying much attention to panel dimensions, I wound up with really flat, pedestrian panel compositions like you see here, particularly in the final panel, and I felt that although individual panels might be solid (like panel one), some strips didn’t have an overall cohesive feel. Sometime around Episode 40 or 41, I started to pare back and return to a version of my old working method. As a result, my speed has increased a bit, and I’m a lot happier with how the strips hold together as a unit.
Incidentally, today is the one year anniversary of the day WORLD OF HURT first went online. I knew it would be another week before the first strip was posted, so I opened the site with a countdown to the inaugural episode.
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