Find out what your mental age is. Mine is 36 which isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I’ve always found the three act structure of western storytelling odd and limiting for the kinds of stories that I want to tell. Five act structures make a little more sense to me, but it is still based on the three act “rules” of conflict and resolution.
Anyway. I was reading a post on Dan…
Interesting links to different ways to thinking about story. Definitely worth exploring.
[A] tool is dead. A brush is a dead object. It’s in the man. If you want to do, you do it. If you think a man draws the type of hands that you want to draw, steal ‘em. Take those hands.
The only thing I can say is: Caniff was my teacher, Alex Raymond was my teacher, even the guy who drew Toonerville Trolley was my teacher. Whatever he had stimulated me in some way. And I think that’s all you need. You need that stimulation. Stimulation to make you an individual. And the draftsmanship? Hang it! If you can decently, learn to control what you can, learn to control what you have, learn to refine what you have. Damn perfection! You don’t have to be perfect. You are never going to do a Sistine Chapel, unless somebody ties you to a ceiling. So damn perfection!
All a man has in this field is pressure, and I think the pressure supplies a stimulation. You have your own stresses; that will supply your own stimulation. If you want to do it, you’ll do it. And you’ll do it anyway you can.
Easily one of my all-time favorite pages from Kirby’s FF run. There’s so much movement… And there are no SFX here, either, but I can hear the ring of the soup tureen lid, the rasp of the knife on the steel, the sound of Doom shifting the chair. Hauptmann in the background, the sycophant, adjusting his glasses just adds more to the scene. If I could only own one page of Kirby art, this would be the one. He makes it look so easy.
Prompted to think about publishing overall.
I answered this question yesterday, and have been asked to make it rebloggable. SO HERE IT IS:I write a lot, I’ve been told by a lot of people that i’m good, some say i’m even good enough to get published. My only problem is that i reach about half way into the book, or long story and…