The next Uptown Girl graphic novel is titled ‘Perfect World’ which I have been working on for a while now, almost two years. When I was working on ‘Big City Secrets’ I would take breaks and whip out these short stories just for a change of pace. Some stories were done for anthologies but many were done just to take a breather from ‘BCS’.
But now that ‘PW’ is the main focus, I am going back and looking at these stories for the first time since I finished them. And I realize that I hate most of them. Well, hate is too strong of a term, but I’m looking at a lot of the art and realizing that I need to redraw panels or whole pages or in some cases complete stories. So ‘PW’ is under some reconstruction. It’s a little frustrating but I need to make sure that I am always doing my best work.
I’ve spent most of the last two weeks going back and redrawing stuff. It’s a little boring but it needs to be done. The biggest thing I need to do is redraw boring panels, or lazy panels. Panels where the background was just inked black, or the characters aren’t doing anything fun visually. The most boring panels I do are the characters walking down the street and in the background will be bushes or a fence. BORING. It’s a big world, a big city. Surely I can draw something more exciting than shrubbery.
This panel is a good example. It’s on the last page of a short story titled “Instant Karma”. Here we have Uptown Girl and Ruby sitting in a cafe. And that’s it. The funny thing is I remember drawing this and knowing I was just clocking it in. The scene is just a table and nothing else. When I usually draw a scene in a cafe, I’ll put the barista or customers or anything else in the background. Not this time.