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Wed, Feb. 27th, 2008, 10:52 am
Natty Dreadlocks and The Bear #54

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Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
losttoy

I worry about making critiques because the fact that you are actually producing comics when I am stuck with zilch. So I feel like I need to make disclaimers, like, I really like your comic ... which I do or else I would not have you on my friends list. However, I have to make comments like this.

I have observed that in this journal comic of yours, the characters never open their mouths. Sure, if your characters are toys, that is one thing. Although, you are not really a teddy bear, but an anthropomorphic avatar for yourself. Your wife on the other hand is a human and has no excuse not to open her mouth (unless you have some telepathic abilities going on there). Furthermore, there is rarely any emotion shown on you or your wife's face. It is the same blank look in almost every comic.

You have talent as it comes to coming up with ideas and producing a regular comic with a level of quality. Beyond anything else, I think the facial expressions is the one thing keeping you being a good artist rather than a great one.

Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
zinccomics

You raise yet another good point, just today I was thinking the same thing myself and was wondering when some one would call me on it. In the strip, I am trying to depict my wife as a doll in the same way that I draw myself as a toy bear. However, that is no excuse and I guess I've taken my midwestern stoicism and deadpan humor too literally. I'll try and work on my characters expressions in future episodes. I don"t want my comics to look like clip art.

Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
losttoy

In the very first strips, it was apparent that you were trying to make her a doll ... although more recently you applying more and more human features. Fleshing her out so to speak.