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Chapter 5: Inked Page 34 - 83.93% done

This page was easier than I thought it was going to be, and the next one should be about the same. Only 18 pages left to ink!


I didn't mean to close my eyes in this photo, I was just blinking, but it gives me kind of a somber look...


I try my best to not complain (especially on the internet) because my "problems" these days are laughable. "Boo hoo, I didn't get to draw all day today - I had to teach all day at the coolest comics school ever." But I'm also realizing that these photos are supposed to be documenting my experience of drawing this book, and if I just pretend that everything is hunky-dory I may look back at these photos some day and forget how I actually felt during this part of this process.


Namely, that I am SO SICK of drawing this book! Obviously my process for drawing Basewood is insane, making each page an uphill battle, but even if it was drawn in a more simple, direct manner, I wonder if it's possible to get to page 186 of ANY graphic novel and not be completely sick of it. I'm tired of drawing these characters and these settings. I am completely, 100% on autopilot (thank god I did all the pencils first) and I'm logging as many hours as possible, so that this will be done sooner.


It feels like I am in creative jail right now, counting down the days until my release. I can't wait to be done with this damn book so that I can move on to smaller and better things. S I G H


Okay, well, enough of that! Sorry to vent, but I thought I should put that out there, just so there is no confusion about how I am feeling these days. My Basewood mantra is "Never again."

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Taken on October 30, 2011