Spent the weekend hanging out with sawsbuckgo who is my girlfriend //u_u//
We eventually found it at Best Buy
I was super inspired by the tattoo sleeve in this drawing by sawsbuckgo so I decided to design one myself! Its sleep themed!
This is one of the very very few examples of “closed-mouth” speech bubbles in my comics. Recently I’ve seen a lot of people; people whom I would consider professionals; explaining that this is bad form.
Logically this makes sense. They’re speaking, you can’t speak out of a closed mouth. Unless its like a weird mumble.
But really when it comes to comics, its way less important. Comic panels are capturing a short period of time and portraying it as a moment. This is artistic fudging. Its not a matter of capturing the average image of that moment, nor is it a matter of capturing the realistic dominant image of that moment.
When you point a speech bubble at a featureless circle, it is automatically understood that it is speaking. This would not be true for anyone who’s never seen a speech bubble before, but for the most part culture has adopted this as true. Does this circle have a mouth? No. Does that make it confusing? Also no, because the speech bubble does all that work for us.
I’m not saying we should never open a mouth. Its more about portrayal. In this panel, I had a very specific emotion I was trying to illustrate. I remember erasing the mouth over and over again because it always made me seem angrier or louder than I envisioned. I eventually realized that a tight-lipped line did the job far better.
Is that impossible to portray with an open mouth? No, but I put forward that it may have required a rendition of the character at a higher resolution of reality, something I have purposefully elected to tone down.
Long story short; who cares? The word SMACK doesn’t appear in real life when you smack someone, yellow light doesn’t emerge from the point of impact. These tools work because we elected, long ago, to suspend our disbelief and read them as symbols. So why should it matter if a character’s mouth is shut, but they are talking? You could probably hand a person a whole stack of comics, each with closed-mouth characters speaking, and not only would they have no problem understanding what was happening, but if you asked them for the common thread they wouldn’t be able to come up with it.
Taking a break from comics to do Diary Comics for a while. I’ve been really low on ideas lately, and I think what I need is a break. These should be much more manageable while I figure things out.
That said, I’m switching back to the Monday/Friday update schedule so at least there will be more frequent updates.
Updates weekly on Wednesdays!