Rent-A-Thug #109 – Great Thugs in History part 8
April 9th, 2008

Rent-A-Thug #109 – Great Thugs in History part 8

One of the downsides of the art style I use for Rent-A-Thug is that there are certain everyday motions/poses that don’t really work normally when characters don’t have arms or legs. I’ve found that the characters not having arms rarely poses any sort of substantial problem, but sweet Jeebus do the legs give me grief sometimes. Basic movement is okay but kneeling, crouching, and sitting are generally problematic. I tend to try to avoid having to draw somebody sitting down because of that. I kind of like how it turned out in the first panel, but the last panel… less so. I’ve been doing designs for a comic set in the Napoleonic Wars that uses a modified version of the Rent-A-Thug art style where the characters have arms and legs, they’re just pretty stumpy. You can see an example of that in the most recent post in the Illustrations section (Von Blucher and Orc Grenadiers). Sitting works much better in that style, although kneeling is still kind of awkward-looking.

I’m not entirely sure why, but I enjoy drawing the frilly trim on the Sheriff of Rotterham’s hat and collar.

I’m going to be very glad when the semester is over and I have spare time during the day to draw comics. I finished drawing today’s update about an hour ago, and I’d much rather have them done well in advance. I’ll probably work on more Rules For Criminal Success strips after this story is over, if for no other reason that to attempt to build up something resembling a buffer before doing another story with full pages. Unsurprisingly, full pages take substantially longer to draw than the strips. The strips are trickier to lay out sometimes, but they still only take around an hour all-told as opposed to two to three hours for the full pages.

I think that’s enough rambling newspost for today. Thanks for reading, see you Friday!

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