Throwback Thursday: The Dinghy of Doom!

This one first appeared on November 8, 2013.

The item of interest here is the boat. I think at this point, I’m still doing the strip manually (Pentel brushpen and X-Feather Noodler’s ink, I’m pretty sure) and looking back at my electronic file, I still have the scans of the various pieces. I’d then assemble them in GIMP. Here, though, is where I decided maybe enough was enough. Look at the boat.Dinghy 940Yeah, it’s the same boat, but that’s not what really bugs me. What bugs me is the thickness of the line. One of the (many) downsides to doing the strip piecemeal is that I can’t compare the line weights until they’re sitting next to each other. Not only is the line thickness for the boat here ridiculous, but you can _also_ see the outline of white around the boat make it look like I cut it out with a scissors from a bad magazine.

When I think of strips I would someday completely redo, this one’s at the top of the list. I love the gag, I love Mike’s expressions, but, man, that boat still kills me.

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15 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Dinghy of Doom!

  1. I like this gag. Especially his expression in the final panel! 😀
    The “Thick Line” you refer to I feel works in the first two panels. It’s in the foreground so a thicker line would be appropriate. And the white outline prevents the thick black line from intersecting the black lines of your characters giving them a little more depth. (Something I’m trying to work on)
    The line in the final panel is left to preference. You could leave the line thick keeping the look of the boat consistent throughout the strip, or have it thinner so that it blends with the character sitting inside of it.
    Either way, this gag was a winner! 😀

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    • That last expression is one of my faves, too! Yeah, if I went back on the boat, I’d probably make the line thinner throughout and only use the white “halo” (thanks to Scott Lincoln of Ralf the Destroyer fame for that term) on those specific parts of the character lines that come into contact with the boat. Oh the burdens I carry! 🙂

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  2. It’s a great gag and the boat works.
    (I cringe when I look back at my work.)
    Dinghy of Doom is hilarious!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your work Brad. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- you are extremely talented!

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  3. I know what you mean, it can be easy to look back and cringe at earlier work. The gag is awesome though and the expression on his face got a chuckle from me. I think artists are often more critical than the audience. I notice that a lot when doing wedding photography (my other job). Often clients can’t tell you exactly what it is or why they prefer a great photo over a not as good one. But they definetely know what they prefer. It’s all the little things, good composition etc working on them. I often cringe at my early comic stuff. I’m particularly bad at continuity, in fact I just recently noticed I’d changed my main characters side parting to the opposite side of his head from earlier pages. Briefly considered doing a one of strip where he’s experimenting with hairstyles in a mirror – to hold in reserve just in case anyone ever commented.

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