My new lifestyle has brought me the wonder of Tezuka on tap and what a wonder his characters and story-lines are! The more I watch the more I am amazed. They started off with a hint of the unusual and the longer the series goes on the more outlandish and experimental they become. I also love the little cartoon shortcuts, and nods you get like the horse opal skidding to a halt or the odd bending of the laws of physics for amusement.
It is therefore a real pleasure to study his character constructions - in the hope I'll learn some of that fluidity that I can feel as i reconstruct his drawings. Above is Sapphire, followed by some bloke from a strip called Manga college, and below is a rather grumpy looking mustachio'd chap called Tawashi. He looks like a policeman or a detective to me, its the curtain on his nose I think, that does it.
Otherwise, I have been doing commissions, and getting paid ! (wow) Which is quite a revelation I must say. It feels good to put the effort in and be rewarded, though I am tempted to take a break and draw just for fun for a bit. (Especially as I am working in an office half of the time.) We'll see how the cat-food stocks are running and act accordingly.
shut the front door