Wine and paint #sketch #ink #sketchbook #jacarvajal

Wine and paint #sketch #ink #sketchbook #jacarvajal

This was my contribution to the second Maple Key comics collection. Check it out, there are some cool cats in those books! 

http://www.maplekeycomics.com/

The third one will be out later this year, I’m sure it’ll have some cool stuff as well. 

Writing Process Blog Tour

A long long time ago, my comrade in inky arms, Luke Howard, tagged me to accomplish this task of explaining my writing process. Although I am usually on top of things, this left me stumped. Partially because I don’t even know what my writing process is, or well I didn’t. This whole thing really let me focus on what I am doing and why. 

But enough of that you just want to get to the nice juicy parts of this whole blog post thing. I know, it’ll be tasty, maybe not as good as your secret family recipe of martian meat, but close. 

What am I working on?/ How does my writing process work?

This is an ongoing question I ask myself. What am I working on? Well, I guess for starters, I’m currently working on an 18 page mini comic stemming from my inner fear of death. It’s irrational and unexplainable, like ketchup. There are many ways I have seen death interpreted and my constant fascination with what we are and how we tick as living creatures continues to pull at me. This will be a new twist for myself, but as far as writing it is still a, as Luke calls it, “Scalpel” form of writing. I let it simmer in my brain juices and then I thumbnail the whole thing including the dialogue, I don’t write a script, the thumbnails work as my script, almost storyboard like. Then I pencil everything, and finally ink.

[insert cool thumbnail pictures that are hidden somewhere in a sketchbook in a box that won’t be opened until the second week of august]

Now the other two 4 page shorts I’m about to start are my, again using Luke’s words, “Hammer” stories. I just have two themes, “Summer” and “bus ride” I haven’t thought too much about these. Once I begin work on them it will be straight to ink and no going back. Only the future can tell me what it means.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I honestly couldn’t tell you. I have been trying to figure out where my work falls in the spectrum of comic genres. But, I think, it differs in that I never know what’s going to happen, my visual hand writting changes from comic to comic, you can see slightly more naturalistic drawings in one and then more cartoony in the next. My flexibility to shift between visual voices allows for a more unique feeling in each story. 

Why do I write what I do? 

I like thinking about stuff, and food. Generally I’m drawn to stories that bring in the human element to the overly fantastical, but continue to keep me grounded in a world that may actually exist. I play with the characters consciousness and their ability to understand their surroundings in various ways, and this allows me to explore why we perceive what we perceive in our reality. But I also just like drawing robots, aliens, and creepy things. 

Next week on The Writing Blog Tour!

Tillie Walden - By far one of my favorite up and coming cartoonists. She’s got some spunk and she’s definitely going to be here for a long time. Check out Man Hunt on her site: TillieWalden.com 

Jonathan Rotsztajn - Crazy dude from up north. No not the moon, all though I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s a canadian inky brother who creates some fast hitting comics. He doesn’t try to sugar coat. Check out his work at http://blog.rotsztain.com

Iona Fox - Amazing cartoonist, her work allows me to transcend planes of existence into what is her world in so many ways. Her beautiful landscapes really allow for me to feel as if I’m part of the universe she is creating. Her work can be found here: http://ionafoxcomics.com

Master of all grills! #comics #process #jacarvajal

Master of all grills! #comics #process #jacarvajal

Damn woodland hoodlums  @sevendaysvt #sevendays #illustration

Damn woodland hoodlums @sevendaysvt #sevendays #illustration

Dancing feet #sketch #sketchbook #jacarvajal #ink

Dancing feet #sketch #sketchbook #jacarvajal #ink

Look at that shiny gold mmmmm mmmmm @cartoonstudies #screenprint #jacarvajal

Look at that shiny gold mmmmm mmmmm @cartoonstudies #screenprint #jacarvajal

Stupid letters. #artnouveau #labels #arthop #jacarvajal #magichat

Stupid letters. #artnouveau #labels #arthop #jacarvajal #magichat

When you ditch watching movies with friends, draw stuff instead. #process #artnouveau #beer #jacarvajal #illustration

When you ditch watching movies with friends, draw stuff instead. #process #artnouveau #beer #jacarvajal #illustration

Shirts are up at the Schulz library! Come and get them! @cartoonstudies #screenprint #shirts

Shirts are up at the Schulz library! Come and get them! @cartoonstudies #screenprint #shirts