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Arthur, King of Time and Space


Recording the creative process

Remember when I discussed logistics of cut-and-paste-for-effect?

If I have a gag in which one, some or all of the figures are identical in two or more panels, I'll draw the figure/s once, scan it/them, and paste it/them into each panel where the character/s so appear/s. (Those are easy to color too - I just color the first figure, select the colors without the outline, and copy the color selection into the figure/s in the other panel/s.) If I have a gag in which some figure/s are near identical in two or more panels, I'll draw the figure/s once with all (and only) the attributes required for every panel, scan it/them, paste the composite figure/s into each concerned panel, and for each panel erase the bits that don't belong there. (Coloring these is more difficult, which is why I say cutting-and-pasting near-identical figures into multiple panels is probably more work than drawing each panel separately.)
I'd thought of doing last Monday's cartoon as cut-and-paste, since the first four panels are the same two characters discussing the same subject in four different arcs. As I said before, when it comes to many merely nearly-identical panels, it's more work to cut-and-paste than to draw every panel fresh. For last Monday's, I wasn't up to the challenge.

For today's, I didn't feel like letting my sloppy spontaneous draughtsmanship produce renderings of the car that differed enough between panels that they might distract from the gag. So I drew the car only once. In fact I drew only half of it and cut-and-pasted the half to itself, so it'd be symmetric. The seats behind the boys I drew seperately and pasted in. Then I drew the figures. I pasted them into each panel, and then I pasted the car exterior over them again. Then I realized there ought to be the inside of the car body; so I drew that into the dummy car exterior I still had, pasted that into every panel, and - having previously copied the whole cartoon onto the clipboard - pasted the seats, the boys, and the car exterior back into every panel over the interior.

Think of it as "layers for MSPaint".

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Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthurian Legend
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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