Saturday, 23 April 2011

Gawain Project: Sunrise, Chapter 1: Brothers & Sisters 37-39

Can I say again how much I enjoy sketching these pages? I know they have mistakes, and though I try to avoid making any, I'm not too bothered when they do appear, because I know these are just sketches. So I just move on and draw new pages and simply enjoy telling my story.

Whenever I sit down to draw one of the definitive pages, things get kind of stressful. Well, no, not really - drawing those pages is fun, too. But I don't often feel like sitting down to start drawing them in the first place because the pressure is so high. Those pages have to be correct. So when I've drawn one, and it's not entirely correct, I put it aside to iron out the mistakes. But seeing how slow I am to begin with, I never get round to finishing the thing. Because I'm scared of it. At the moment, I tell myself I'm laying out the rest of the story, so I'm doing something productive. But I really do need to find a way to bring the process of the final pages closer to that of the sketch pages. I need to find a way to make myself comfortable. I think I also need to eliminate one of the stages (maybe do the pencils directly on watercolour paper?). I'll produce pages that are far from being perfect, but I'll be producing pages.


What went before:
Owain, son of Uriens and Morgana, is visiting Lot's stronghold together with his father because the kings of Britain are having a meeting. Having met Owain in the woods, Gawain has guided him back to the house, where the two boys are met by Gawain's tyrannical brother Agravain. And Gawain doesn't need much in order to start fighting...

Next week: Agravain asks a pertinent question.

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