This week we are still immersed in Mitch’s memory as we see the ‘show’ he puts on at his family company’s 50th Annual Gala. Mitch’s monologue on this page reveals his internal tension between going through the motions of what he probably does not want to do while performing with slippages of resistance and self-sabotage. Of course, Sharon is sitting with Muriel and shrugging off the egregious speech so that the proposal can go as planned. If you are new to Helping Mitch or need a quick refresher of the story, you can find all the pages here.
Reflections on process
I am really sorry that I have let two weeks go by without posting a Helping Mitch page. Page 7 was not working the way I had imagined and decided to scrap the first draft and redraw it for several reasons.
- It was important to show Muriel and Sharon’s reaction to Mitch’s speech. They looked too happy in the first version and I think the second version works a lot better. Aside from redrawing the facial expressions, it’s amazing what a simple hand gesture (added for Sharon) can suggest.
- Mitch needed to be much larger in scale to emphasize that he is center stage and it would have been a nightmare to try to fix this in Photoshop. In hindsight, I could have expanded Mitch’s speech into more panels including his POV of the audience to enhance the awkwardness.
- You’ll see I cut out a panel entirely. I ran out of room on the page and redrew the fourth panel on the next page of my tiny sketchbook in hopes of squeezing it in somehow in Photoshop. That didn’t work out very well. I realize now my thumbnail is elongated and the cause of the painful, compositional issues. However, I’m excited with how the fourth panel turned out and it spurred on another page which actually makes a better segue to page nine. (Plus, there will be a little surprise in the new and improved panel four!)
I am also working on creating a font out of my own handwriting and redesigning the speech balloons to integrate them better with the illustrations. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to it this week. I just want to thank Adam Riley Tenovre from Ellipsis Art Collective for taking the time to give constructive criticism. The balloons are definitely a work in progress.
One of the great benefits of blogging about your process is having other eyes on your work. Even though you stare at your work for hours on end, sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is much needed to see what is working and what is not.
Thank you for stopping by and reading Helping Mitch. I really hoped you enjoyed the seventh page. As always, I would love to hear what you think of the story so far. Feedback helps me to improve and grow 🙂