This was the first page ever drawn for Underdogs, in its current incarnation anyway.
This was also the first time I used a digital tablet! Not strictly
ever but, but definitely anything beyond just experiments and dabbling. I had originally laid it out within a sketchbook and began a few stages of drawing it out, but, as with all other attempts, grew frustrated. These simple actions lead to the transition of digital art and my whole new area of passion and growth, which continues to grow.
As time passes, out of all the pages I’ve drawn so far, this one stand out to me. It serves as both what I measure my past abilities by and as a road mark. When creating it I accepted that I was learning and always will be. Even with as much as I had learned up until that point, I was still just starting out. I had to force myself to start somewhere rather than just staying unhappy with how my art had stalled, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
What I’m trying to get across is that, while I see this as a low point from where I am now, this was the hardest to actually start doing. While I believe now that I get better with each passing day, I owe it all to sitting down and creating this page. Everything built from here, stopped being just scripts and ideas and started to form the art and pages that tell the story for me.
In hindsight, this page taught me a lot about what I could do at the time and mistakes I would learn from. Every time I see it, I think about revisiting this page. Like it would be as simple as shifting some things around and make it less glaring compared to how I draw/line/color the comic today. However, I’m sure in just another year I would just want to do the same again. It’s constantly evolving and improving for the better, of which I am grateful. So I let it stay (for now) as a reminder of where this all started, and hopefully in comparison to the latest of pages where the style is going?
I still make a lot of the same mistakes, but it’s getting better all the time.
A small chuck of trivia, the Loading Dock us based off my old job, and the grocer from my local Jewel Osco.
As always, Thank you for reading!
(Did anyone catch the fact Bad Wolf was written in the corner?)