Hi fellas, just sitting here in my "studio" on a Saturday afternoon, drinking coffee and spying on my neighbors like a bored old woman. So before I reach the point where I start knitting sweaters and procuring a purse for the sole purpose of filling it with hard candy, I figured I'd try to postpone the inevitable and write a few words about my inspirational and motivational sources. And list the webcomics that I follow, which you may find enjoyable to check out also.
Two Guys and Guy is still an infant in the webcomics world, but I've wanted to start a webcomic for almost a decade. It started way back when I discovered the two giants that hardly need mentioning, but I will anyway. Player vs Player
During the years since, I've made some half assed, awkward attempts at starting a webcomic of my own. Of course I didn't know what I was doing (even less than I do now) so nothing ever came of them.
After High School (or the Swedish equivalent) I started studying Game Design and Graphics, and the comic making interest had to take a hiatus. What finally re-sparked the interest was the simple realization that Wordpress and Comicpress had made it very easy to create and maintain a website without the need of any substantial knowledge in webeneering.
A lot of things nowadays infuse me with inspiration, I'll try to list the top ones.
Something that I really like is Penny-Arcades 3 panel layout, it works well and I've seen others handling it very well too, such as Chainsawsuit,
This is where 2gag's layout came from, and I've found it's also a maintainable format for frequent updating.
I go through artistic influences like politicians go through lies. But recently my style has been pretty consistent. And one of my big artistic inspirations is the one of Tyson Hesse, and his comics Diesel
I really like his drawings, but it's far from his only strength.
I don't think it's any secret that I like to draw the ladies, so two of my other visual inspirations, though not purely comic related, are Chris Sanders,
as well as, I don't know his real name but here's his DevArt.
I could blabber on about this topic for ages but I'll cut this part short, maybe I'll pick the subject up again in another blog post.
Another thing that keeps me motivated, and is probably subjectively the most important one, is having other goal oriented artist friends. Though on short supply on the local front since my move, through the power of the webernet I still get my fix of artist interaction. It really drives me when I hear about what other people are working on, keeps me from slacking behind!
OK, to the promised list.
I love finding new good webcomics, and I almost always learn something new from each one I read. So bellow is a list of webcomics I read frequently, in no particular order.
- About earth, myth, and everything in-between.
- Nerdy guys doing nerdy things, and raging about nerdy stuff.
- They work at a gaming magazine, not much gaming going on though, yet an awesome comic.
- Anything goes!
- About a gang of misfit superheroes, an artistically collaborative webcomic (one of the collaborators being yours truly)
Girls With Slingshots
- Relationships and cats, lot's of cats, and a cactus.
- You know that game you like? they made a strip about it.
- Fiona is trapped in an odd mirrored world, with magic 'n stuff.
Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
- The title pretty efficiently explains it all.
- I don't know, a bird, sort of. And a Bear-Potato or something, you tell me.
- Evil made tax deductible.
Go Get A Roomie
- Lesbians (don't judge me) NSFW
- About game testers I think, it's new. So far so good!
- Not a webcomic, but you should totally follow that one ;)