The Daily Doodle #296.
This story is certainly showing us one of those days where everything that can go wrong will go wrong. It's pushing poor Graham past his limit. Though he's not psychotic, so this story isn't going to turn into Michael Douglas in 'Falling Down'. I think of him more like Basil in the 'Fawlty Towers' episode where he gives the car a 'damn good thrashing!'. Having abandoned his car to the Friday rush hour traffic jam and catching the tube on this page, Graham will probably go back for the car the next morning.
Have a great weekend... we'll be back on Monday for the last page of this story.
The Daily Doodle #295.
Poor Graham is having a very bad day... I've always loved the idea of drawing atmospheric rain and this story was an early attempt at depicting that to aid the drama and mood of the strip. Though crude compared to my up to date rain pictures (check out the previous rain Doodles) it still stands up quite well. This particular style of illustrating rain was inspired by a 'Tank Girl' splash/pin-up page by Jaimie Hewlett in 'Deadline' (TG's original home, a UK newstand comic the ran from 1988 to 1995) donkeys years ago. TG stands grinning at the audience in ferocious, atmospheric storm, tank silhouetted in the background and the rain is full of colour, it was fantastic.
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'Victim of Circumstance' page four.
I've re-lettered the whole strip, because of the colour bleeding and smudging into the balloons as mentioned previously, and to make the story flow better by using a comic font rather than my old hand lettered balloons. I've also lightened the colour on this page which did look a bit murky and muddy in the exterior shots.
As usual with these old strips this has been digitally restored. The original art is still in good condition, but there's a fair bit of colour bleeding and black lines blurring due to using the wrong inks and markers together. The blurring works quite well in the exterior shots in the rain, so I've left that in and tidied up the rest.
Page four on Monday, have a great weekend...
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