Doot Doot Garden: The Blog of Craig Thompson
Doot Doot Garden: The blog of graphic novelist Craig Thompson
leaf through November 9th, 2008

Often I worry I draw too small and confined. Compare these recent panels with a brush, my hand, an autumn leaf.

19 Responses to “leaf through”

  1. Matt the Smigiel Says:

    Gotta tell you Craig I have the same worry, I usually work with a live area of 12 x 9 and even THEN you wonder if it’s too small.

    Great stuff though, keep on rocking brother!

  2. Lexi Says:

    The amount of detail you get in such a small panel though…is incredible. It stands to prove your ability, and I love it!

  3. Jordi Says:

    Well, I hope the leaf is a big one, isn’t it? and does size matter?
    cheers Craig!

  4. Rachael Says:

    Well, that is one huge leaf! You grow ’em big out there. Anyway, it’s all the more impressive, so much precise detail in a small space.

  5. Sam Alden Says:

    I would love to see a comic sometime where the drawings were blown up in reproduction rather than reduced. I think that sometimes the loss of control that you have when dealing with teeny tiny little details can make a drawing look more organic.

  6. Brenna Says:

    I don’t think it matters too much what size you work with. I’ve seen comics small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. But then again those were minicomics, and minicomics are different from graphic novels. But still! You can do whatever you want!

    Also, I can’t wait to read Habibi!

  7. elisa Says:

    belle le foglie! :)

  8. Joan M. Says:

    The details you package in such small areas are remarkable. A really good print job will be necessary to do them justice.
    I guess it must be hard on your eyes, though, with your long workdays on the story.

  9. Lili Says:

    Why do you worry? You do a good job working big and small. I don’t see a quality difference. Keep on doing your thing!

  10. penandpaper Says:

    I tend to work really small, too. My right wrist and hand constantly cramp up, but I actually feel really uncomfortable working very big, like my muscles aren’t supposed to work that way.

  11. Fotini Says:

    I never really noticed that! Your panels are always full of details as the guys and girls write above, and yet they never feel confined.

    And yep, that is one huge leaf 😀

  12. Thomas Nombril Says:

    Yeah but what a big leaf!!

  13. daniel og Says:

    i prefer drawing in a small size.
    i think the result looks less ambitious (wich i like), but anyway it´s easyer to focus on what you want highlighted.
    gess really big panels are more suited for alex ross and travis charest kind of artist. other than that it´s not really needed, i think…

  14. daniel og Says:

    that leaf looks like fire!!

  15. Cory Says:

    I have to draw big. Everything just gets too cramped up for me if I draw small and it shows in the work.

    I’ve never worked in a graphic novel format before, I do illustration and animation but I was invited to contribute to Flight 6 and man! Can it ever be difficult to work in panels. But you get used to it. It took me about 5 spreads before I hit a stride.

    I salute you.

  16. DaisyDeadhead Says:

    I’d love to see that when you’re through with it!!!

  17. Elizabeth Says:

    I absolutely cannot wait for this. I spent my last semester in school studying Arabic and taking classes on Middle Eastern history. It looks like you’ve got some real magic going here. Good luck!

  18. Leann Says:

    Where do you get the things to make your pen all fat and rubbery and ridged? I have hand troubles also and am always looking for fat implements.

  19. Tom Says:

    Just found your blog – amazing stuff. Gonna dig through and enjoy it.

    I can’t imagine HOW you work that small – it boggles my mind. I made my panels larger just so I could work more comfortably. The smaller I work, the worse my drawings get. I think it’s quite a skill to work like that.

    And your brushwork is amazing.

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