Saturday, January 18, 2014

A week's worth of Rex.

I promised I would, so here I am posting this entire week's worth of black and white Rex Morgan daily strips. This week includes the notorious Tuesday strip in which Rex is wearing his wedding ring on the wrong finger! I think I'd noticed it missing, and added it at the last minute before sending the file off to the syndicate. In a rush, I didn't notice the error I'd made. Well, it gave people something legitimate to complain about for once!

By mid-week, I think I'm starting to get a handle on drawing June. She remains the most difficult of the bunch to capture. Still working on it. My re-designed Sarah is still evolving. Almost there.

Folks who find this strange are encouraged to go look up the earliest appearances of Dick Tracy, Popeye, Charlie Brown, etc., and see how different they look from the eventual standard designs we all know. This happens with nearly all cartoonists and comic strip characters. New artists on established strips usually have an adjustment period in which they struggle with finding their versions of the characters -- it's all part of the process.


john said...

Is it wrong to enjoy the B&W version better? The use of blacks and the screens are just great. And the fact these are all done on the computer, with no pen and ink, is just incredible. Nicely done.

BobO said...

Rex Morgan, M. D. is in the local paper here & it's in black 'n white weekdays. I think the art is fine. Good work.

Jen said...

Thank you so much for writing this blog. My husband and I have been reading Rex Morgan for years and even once wrote a fan "email"! It's great to read about the creation of the strip. Great work!