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15 February 2010 @ 10:28 am

I read this web comic, Questionable Content, which has been going on since 2003 and which is mostly fairly entertaining in a college soap opera kind of way. Anyway, apparently the first book is coming out soon, and the artist has re-drawn at least some of the original pages. Today he posted one of the re-draws because he ran out of time to do a new strip. Here’s the original. Here’s the re-draw.

It gives me hope that if I ever actually applied myself to drawing daily, I could actually get good at it. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Legolas McGeeseveredscythe on February 15th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
Augh, it's true. I look at stuff I used to draw in 2003 and just about die when I compare it to my stuff now. wah. And I'm not even that good.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 15th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Howard Tayler (Hugo nominee in Montreal) also redid some of his earlier Schlock Mercenary panels, though he didn't go to the extent that the QC artist did.

IIRC, he did one other thing: when releasing his strips as books, he released volume 3 first. I think he then did volume 4 before going back to vols 1 & 2 and reworking them.
starfallstarfallz on February 15th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I am still amazed at the improvements in style with QC. :)
Harold Zablehzatz on February 15th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Dave Sim (of Cerebus infamy) gave a very simple strategy for learning to draw, which I paraphrase: Get a stack of paper about as tall as you are. Draw something on every sheet. By the time you're done, you'll be pretty good at drawing.
Flitterbyflit on February 15th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Drawing a lot of things definitely improves it!

Of course, my drawing is so bad that I'd be aspiring to get to the 'before' state....
pgwfolcpgwfolc on February 16th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
That is a bit of a difference, yeah. I don't read QC, but I have been following Planet Karen. (Half personal diary, half webcomic. Updates have taken a sharp decline since her apartment building burned down last February, but I think the archives make for a very good read.) Here's the first strip. That's early '06. Here's something a little more recent. Though this one is perhaps a little more typical, the other really highlights how far she's come in just a few years. She even does commissions now. If you poke around a bit more, you can watch her art style grow and evolve. It's pretty cool.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on February 16th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Actually, just realized... the fire was a year ago today. Wow.