Happy 2014

Happy New Year, you guys! As I sit here eating leftover Christmas chocolate, I want to write a quick “year in review” for 2013, just to get it out of the way. And also to give the blog a fresh start for 2014.

I revisited this post from March last year, where I shared some thoughts about having goals. I’ll be bold and summarize the last year as a productive year. I made comics and illustrations for print, I started working freelance with drawing, continued my freelance engagements in graphic design, and I’ve learned more about being creative. I’ve also learned something that I kind of knew already… that there’s way too little time to be able to work on, and complete, every project and every idea I happen to have.

From August and through the latter part of 2013, I felt like there was always something going on. Either some graphic design work, drawings that needed to be done or comic pages to finish. This also resulted in me working late afternoons and often during the weekends. Luckily, this has made me more diligent about keeping an eye on my work schedule and, to some degree, planning things ahead. To my knowledge, I’ve never missed an important deadline, so it has always worked out fine. But I’ve also realized that I have to resist saying yes to every project or commission that comes my way.

Stress-related things aside, I’m grateful that I get to draw comics and create cool things for people. I’m busy as ever, but that’s not a bad thing. I also get astounded by the following fact on a regular basis.

Making comics

So there you have it! I look forward to keep making better and better things in 2014, and I hope to share as much as I can with you. Comment below if you want to tell me your New Year’s resolutions, or if you just want to say hi! I’ll be updating this blog with more stuff from my sketchbooks, new comics and (hopefully) fresh musings and thoughts about things that I learn as I go along.

If you happen to like the illustration above, I can tell you that I made it in Photoshop (based on a pencil sketch) with Kyle’s Ultimate ‘Mr. Natural’ inking brush and Kyle’s Ultimate ‘Wet & Wild Watercolor’ brush. I bought them quite recently, and they are super fun to use. I highly recommend them to anyone with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet! You can get them both, and a lot of other pretty amazing brush packs, here (some of them are free/’name your price’). While you’re at it, you can also check out his Twitter (@kyletwebster).

Hourly Comic Day 2013

So hey, I actually participated in this year’s Hourly Comic Day, which was on Friday, February 1st. I’m only a few days late in actually posting the comics… and I might have bent the rules a few other places too. Sorry about that (if you’re unfamiliar with the concept, here are some simple guidelines that explain Hourly Comic Day).

Nevertheless, I’m pretty proud that I managed to finish these, simply because I’ve never documented a day in comics before. In hindsight, I see that my panels are wonky and pretty horrendous. I should’ve known better than to freehand them… And of course using a ruler didn’t help when it was wonky in the first place. I could’ve used a template or skipped the borders on the original drawings and added them later in the process. Now I know!

It was very fun to feel that I’m a part of something much bigger. I tried my best to keep up with the updates from all the creative people I follow on Twitter, but it became increasingly difficult. I ended up spending Saturday morning scrolling through a lot of hourlies.

Also, feel free to leave a comment if you like. The comment section is open for constructive critisism as well. Or perhaps you would like to share a link to your Hourly Comics ? I would definitely check them out!

Hourlies - part 1Hourlies2

Hourlies - part 3 Hourlies - part 4

 Thanks for reading!

- Jostein