BSTDM Page 51 and an AWKWARD Date
Eric and Angel’s date. Rough stuff. Eric is such a dweeb who has no clue with the ladies. A bit like when I talk about this comic with my wife.
As regular readers might guess, this was entirely written by Alex, and he seemed to crank it out rather naturally. I think this is his favorite kind of thing to write. When I commented on how easily he wrote this scene he laughingly said he was just writing down his real dating experience.
It took me forever to draw. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but for a number of reasons I kind of hit a wall with this scene. Maybe I was a little burnt out from drawing a lot. Maybe it was the pressure of trying to draw more realistic people.
I also had a couple personal things happening. My grandma, who was living with my family, very suddenly had to have her leg amputated to prevent a terrible infection from spreading throughout her body and killing her. So that created a lot of household turmoil, as you might imagine. Shortly after my wife found out she was pregnant with our 2nd child. While wonderful and exciting news, that comes with a whole new set of worries for a man who feels like he never makes enough.
So a lot of reasons I guess. Not that I’m here to make excuses. Thankfully I already had a couple months of material completed. But I feel fairly bad about it. At least the scene is finally done now and hopefully I’ll be able to resume a faster pace.
Looking specifically at this page, I spent some real time trying to recreate the setting of a real Detroit Italian restaurant. I studies many before choosing the right one. I tried a few things to draw it, and ended up mixing my drawing with some Google earth image manipulation.
I also spent a lot of time studying facial expressions to really get the perfect, more realistic reactions that I thought would really bring the scene to life for the reader. I figured the more realistic it looked the more painful the experience would be. I may tone it back a bit in the next scene, though I did learn a lot while drawing this that I think will enhance my overall style in the future.
It never hurts to have a better understanding of human anatomy.
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