I realized yesterday that I only have a mere 3 pages left for Quick Step, and then I have no other immediate comic projects running on the site for awhile. I’m thinking this could be a good time to experiment and work on branching out of my comfort zone.
I picked up the second Conversations book today, and something Kochalka said (and has said repeatedly in other places) hit home for me:
My ambition is to create an art so natural and free that it transcends notions of quality. Or at least to draw with such abandon that I cease to worry about the quality of what I’m creating.
The Chief drank all my beer last night, so as I walked down to the store to get some more, I rolled that thought around my dome for awhile. How can I draw in a way that Kochalka is describing? To transcend quality and achieve a bit of an artistic state of grace while doing so? I have a tendency to over-draw most things, and Quick Step is largely an attempt to get me to stop and strip my art to its essence (and to tell an all-ages, non-violent story). At the same time, I was thinking of all my friends and acquaintances who are working on their NaNoWriMo novels as we speak, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t done a 24 Hour Comic in 11 years.
It may be time to do one again…
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