the raw materials

rawmaterials-brighter-crop-blogSpent an hour this morning trimming out Bristol blanks for comics pages.  Since time immemorial, I have worked “scanner size”, drawing my originals on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  Of course, I still want to draw on Bristol (heavy drawing paper that really takes a beating from those drawing tools and comes out crisp), and Bristol doesn’t come in 8 1/2 x 11*.  I’m fine with taking the time to trim the 9 x 12 sheets, since they aren’t exactly a perfect 9 x 12.  After years of practice, I can get my 8 1/2 x 11s pretty accurate.

From left to right, the cardboard backers for the 3 20 sheet pads, the distinctive cover sheets for “yellow cover Strathmore”, the sixty fresh blanks, my trusty Fiskars paper trimmer, the pile of trimmings, and bulk bottles of both red wine and cheap India ink.  Cartooning spends most of its time in the studio, but occasionally ventures into the kitchen for filling pens and trimming paper.  Let’s hope this weekend finds the top of the stove in use for collating cut and folded minicomics.  “Finishing strong”, indeed.

*At least the modestly priced stuff doesn’t.

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