It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned ROCKET RABBIT here on my blog, and even longer since I’ve had a new book to show. This is despite the fact that I’ve been hammering away on a project for years. It will be a while until that is ready, so here are some thumbnails.
The focus of my comics shifted after 2012, when I lost the use of my right arm. Since then, I’ve had to RE-learn to draw, using my left hand. Comics is a demanding medium that requires many skills – writing, designing, blocking action, composing shots, acting characters and drawing backgrounds. In this, it is very similar to storyboarding. Thus, my comics became a personal art therapy gymnasium, to re-hone those skills. This constant practice eventually got my drawing to a level where I could work professionally again, so it has definitely been worthwhile.
I’m extremely grateful to be drawing professionally again, but my job leaves me less time than I had before, and I am much slower now. Though drawing professionally, I cannot draw with the control I once had. Thankfully, storyboarding is forgiving of looser drawing, because it is essentially thumbnailing an entire film. Fine line artwork is not required. However, I want my old dexterity back. So the new Rocket Rabbit art therapy project is to attempt to draw in a style compatible with how I drew before. Thus, the comics dabbling continues.
Up till now, I’ve focused on thumbnails, where rough & chunky drawings are acceptable. However, after several years of tinkering with rough designs & thumbnail page layouts, I hope to start drawing more refined artwork soon, as my dexterity improves. Then final art on a series of short stories. They will hopefully glue together into a meandering 120 page book.
Also on my to-do list is expanding the Rocket Rabbit website. It hasn’t been upgraded in many years, but will become a place to accumulate pages online till I’ve assembled enough stories for a big collection. It may be that all finished pages simply live online. In the old days, the end game was a book to sell at conventions. Nowadays I’m not so sure if I want to go through the stresses of the printing/exhibiting processes.. So I’ll have to wait & see..
In the meantime, there’s a LOT of drawing to do!