More poop jokes. Get it? Brown trout… poop. Metaphor. Just pretend you like it so I can keep drawing brown trouts.
I wasn’t totally pleased with the way things were looking but I soldiered on because posting comics was more important than character design and no comics. I found the things I enjoy with drawing/illustrating these guys and needed to either simplify or add more detail. So I added more detail to the characters. I’m trying hard to work stronger emotions through the faces with actual eyes and hopefully better use of mouth/face expressions ala John K of Ren & Stimpy fame.
I’ve also doubled the size of each frame to squeeze in this detail give myself a little space to make lines happen a little more freely. It definitely takes longer to draw each panel but I’m pleased with the pencil work thus far. The plan is to play with inking and coloring a little bit before posting these again. I really enjoy the inks and color that Dave Kellett uses with Sheldon so maybe I’ll play with some of those techniques with my bright color palette.
The bottom line is that there is progress. Thanks for hanging in there.
So I’m ramping up to start posting comics again. The move is done. Been looking at some efficient ways to do the basic stuff on the fire ground. There’s a new probationary firefighter in the building so it’s been good to go back, review this stuff and be better. We’ve all seen the drills and there seems to be acceptance of complacency on the hose line.
The nozzle man needs to be aggressive, advance the line quickly and hit the fire effectively. The backup man needs to move that hose, stay ahead of the nozzle man’s pace and properly backup the nozzle man when water is flowing so he/she has the ability to do the job properly.
This video posted by Fire by Trade highlights both roles being filled properly. The nozzle man is free to move the nozzle all around and attack the fire and protect the crew. The backup man is holding the pressure of the line and providing support to the nozzle man. We all know it’s not easy. Some of us struggle more than others. The question really is, what are we (each of us personally) doing to prepare ourselves to advance and operate a line like this. Fitness, strength, technique, teamwork.
About 3 weeks ago the wife and I signed papers and bought our first home. We’re moved in however we are living in the basement while the main floor gets renovated. We’re probably two-thirds done and are staring at another two weeks before moving up there. Needless to say, our “free” time has been tied up in painting, installing trim, etc…
Jakes will be on a short hiatus. All the comics that were ready to go have posted and now I’m empty. I’ll try to post sketches and things in the meantime. I have dozens of comics sketched and just waiting for inks and color so it’s not like I’m tapped for ideas. Jakes will return!
Thanks for understanding. Be safe.