In between regular postings of This EMPIRE are “yesteryear” strips and sketches. 

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Shades of Grey: Thoughts on Sketching

By Wil Evans UX Magazine


I think of “D”esign as an exploration of the conceivable futures. I use my sketches and wireframes as means to make explorative moves and assess the consequences of those moves. As I explore the problem space, I could relatively easily keep the design models in my head, but I would fail in my primary objective to create a framework for a conversation among the stakeholders, the intended audience, and me.

At last week’s #Sketchbomb-NC we continued Mark McLawhorn “Marko” sketch swap. Each of the attendees will sketch, pencil for a limited time, switch drawings with another and ink their sketch. Up above is what conspire the last two sessions. In both sessions Mark inked my sketches, the first one I played loose Mark riffed it into rendering of Jamal Watson from The Mysterious Cellar Dweller. In the second session I wanted to do a turtle in a desert Mark finished it rather well.

Penciler – Wikipedia

penciller (or penciler) is an artist who works in the creation of comic books, graphic novels, and similar visual art forms.

In the American comic book industry, the penciller is the first step in rendering the story in visual form and may require several steps of feedback with the writer. These artists are concerned with layout (positions and vantages on scenes) to showcase steps in the plot. In earlier generations it was more common for artists to use a loose pencilling approach, in which the penciller does not take much care to reduce the vagaries of the pencil art, leaving it to the inker to interpret the penciller’s intent and render the art in a more finished state.

Inker – Wikipedia

The inker (also sometimes credited as the finisherembellisher, or tracer) is one of the two line artists in a traditional comic book or graphic novel. After a pencilled drawing (or copy of the pencilled drawing) is given to the inker, the inker uses black ink (usually India ink) to produce refined outlines over the pencil lines. The ink may be applied with a pen or a brush — many inkers use both — or even digitally, a process gaining in popularity. The inker is usually responsible for every black line on the page, except for letters, which are handled by a letterer. In many comic strips, as well as Japanese manga and European comics, a single artist takes responsibility for penciling, inking and sometimes even lettering, either doing it all (e.g., Charles M. Schulz) or hiring assistants. For comics printed in color, there is usually a separate colorist.

Colorist? come on you know where I am going with this one… 🙂

This bears repeating “Kickstarter is b-a-nan-a-s”

The Veronica Mars Movie Project, by Rob Thomas

*65,769 backers$4,436,267 pledged of $2,000,000 goal |


days to go

Derec Donovan’s BIONIC BOMBSHELL one and done-shot, by Derec Donovan

*127 backers | $3,950 pledged of $3,000 goal | Funded! This project successfully raised its funding goal 6 days ago.

The Tomorrow Girl: Dresden Codak Volume 1, by Aaron Diaz

*7,565 backers$534,994 pledged of $30,000 goal | Funded! This project successfully raised its funding goal 6 days ago.

Kind of a long post there so many interesting things out there 🙂

Thank you for reading, back to making comics.