View Full Version : THE COMIC STRIP "FRENZIED MINDS"
05-24-2007, 08:02 AM
I see that I have to fix a whole lot of links in this thread. Sigh...
The latest strip will be displayed here, the first post of the thread.
See also FRENZIEDminds.com (http://www.frenziedminds.com)
GOLDIEBOT AND THE THREE BEARS, PART 1 & 2
PART 1=48+ hours, PART 2=60+ hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom:
05-24-2007, 08:03 AM
FIRST INSTANCE (3 hours, Illustrator+Wacom+Photoshop):
FRENZIED MIND is another ubiquitous attempt of mine at creating a comic :surprised I think I've settled on a formula that I will be able to maintain. It may take a couple of installments to see the content/subject genre.
I get my ideas from the news, picture-books and children’s-books. Some of those ideas result in spoofs and parodies (I have several comic-doodles that I'm going to vectorize for the comic series). So some of the gags may be more obvious having read the particular book the parody is related to. However, my comic will also be able to stand alone in it’s entertainment value… at least that’s my intention.
05-29-2007, 11:54 AM
The "SECOND INSTALMENT" is going to be confusing unless you've read lots of childrens books... praticularly one about an annoying character named Sam-I-Am.
SECOND INSTANCE (7 hours, Illustrator+Wacom+Photoshop):
05-30-2007, 04:53 AM
Not bad, I'd be interesting to know how you are doing the inking/outlines for the characters. Looks like you are using illustrator or the such.
My only crit would be the lines are too bold/thick, I would cut them down a quarter. or half.
I am a big fan of webcomics, and have wanted to start one for awhile though I believe I lack the drawing abilities that most webcomic artists have. My latest feeble attempt would be this. (http://iliketoeatalot.googlepages.com/potato_cry.jpg)
Anyhow, very interested to see more!
05-30-2007, 06:02 AM
Hey thanks! Yes, I'm using Illustrator and a Wacom Intuos-3 tablet.
I created a few custom calligraphy and art brushes in Illustrator that I use for all the lines and pseudo-inking (I absolutely terrible at inking with real india ink and a nib, brush or marker).
I draw all the stuff out with a blue-pencil (in a lead holder) whenever I happen to have a spare moment (such as at work on break or lunch) then scan it and re-illustrate it (sometimes I don't even scan it. I just re-illustrate it while looking at the hand-drawn page) with the tablet. It takes longer drawing it twice, but I find I can flesh out ideas faster with a blue pencil on paper. It's also relaxing that way because I can focus on ideas rather than worry about perfection (that the computer seemingly promises).
There’s more to come. :D
Oh hey, I checked out your "blank pages" comic. Some of that stuff is hilarious! It's simple but many of the ideas are great! Keep it up!
05-30-2007, 09:10 AM
Thanks! heh, I should delete a lot of the crappy ones. Good to know you will keep going with this. Any chance to see the penciled sketches?
By the way I find Flash is great for digital inking, the lines can be a bit uneven sometimes, but it is great if you suffer from shakey hand syndrome :D
I find I slip around a lot with the wacom tablet.. how do you get around that?
05-30-2007, 05:44 PM
I do well with the Wacom. If I mess up a line it's easy to fix... which I end up doing a lot. For instance, it took me around 7 hours to vectorize (re-illustrate in Illustrator) "Instance #2" the "Stupid-Im" comic. I just keep working at it till I'm happy... heh. It's the same thing with Flash. I haven't worked with Flash recently, but in college I used it a lot and the vector process is similar enough to Illustrator to be good at both.
Here are the penciled doodles/sketches for the two episodes above:
05-30-2007, 10:47 PM
Roberto had this going with the comic-strip entries a year or so ago which required a banner. So here's a FRENZIED MINDS banner (even though the comic thing was shelfed).
05-31-2007, 08:25 AM
KEEP IT UP! :buttrock: :thumbsup:
05-31-2007, 03:42 PM
Will do Loocas! Thanks!
06-12-2007, 02:02 PM
UPDATED with the 3rd installment.
It's a parody on all those "Pet The Animals" children’s books with skin and fur textures to touch and feel. I created the real version. :D
THIRD INSTANCE (16 hours, Illustrator+Wacom+Photoshop):
07-23-2007, 11:43 AM
An obvious parody of a couple of popular children's storybook characters. I always felt bad for that wimpy Piglet....
I had a high school friend who was very big... and very fast... man, was he fast. One day while a bunch of us kids were playing Capture-The-Flag I thought I could outrun him. I was flattened.
FOURTH INSTANCE (8 hours, Illustrator+Wacom+Photoshop):
07-23-2007, 04:49 PM
I love it. Especially the second instance. It's very angry and I personally would have done the same thing. I really like the style used on these, very well done.
07-24-2007, 04:43 AM
Thanks CaptBlack! Good to hear you love it! :cool:
05-28-2008, 11:19 AM
These aren't finished pieces but I think they might be interesting to see and I want to keep my thread from dying. I don't have time anymore for anything but sketches (working 2-3 jobs @ 70-90 hrs/week).
They are 2 Frenzied Minds versions of a couple of bible stories. Enjoy:
FRENZIEDminds presents: Daniel and the Lions Den
FRENZIEDminds presents: Jona and the Whale
10-14-2008, 02:29 PM
Finished the FIFTH installment of FRENZIEDminds.
It's also posted on the CGtalk thread here: Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 001: October 2008 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=130&t=683092&page=1&pp=15)
FIFTH INSTANCE (16 hours, Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom), my first finished, non-parodic comic:
10-22-2008, 03:20 PM
Finished the SIXTH installment of FRENZIEDminds.
It's also posted on the CGtalk thread here: Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 002: October 2008 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5447781#post5447781).
SIXTH INSTANCE (7 hours, Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom). Used all the art from the fifth-instance, because I had an idea and no time.
In case anyone is wondering what the two dummies are...
I was inspired by the paradummy of WW2 (while watching "The Longest Day" movie) and thought it fitting to use them as political figures. Britain's first paradummy was made of stuffed burlap. They were nammed Rupert. The USA made a paradummy out of rubber and it was named Oscar. Paradummies were used in war to lure enemy troops into staged ambushes. Just about every country used them, Germany being the first in 1940 during the Battle of the Netherlands and in Belgium. SEE Wikipedia-Paradummy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradummy). So "Paradummies", became "Pair-of-Dummies". :D
10-27-2008, 05:44 PM
SEVENTH installment of FRENZIEDminds, 3/4 of Pair-of-Dummies.
Also posted @ Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 003: October 2008 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5457870#post5457870)
SEVENTH INSTANCE 3/5 of Pair-of-Dummies (11 hours, Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom).
10-30-2008, 07:03 PM
Ahaha, I love it :)
10-31-2008, 03:30 AM
I hear political things during the week on the radio and TV and then make fun of that in the comic. For instance, several of the things I'm making fun of in the last few strips are sound bites from Joe Biden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden). Whether one agrees with him or not, the stuff he says leaves him WIDE OPEN for ridicule and parody. Whenever he talks it's like a comedy-club. Quite hilarious. And don't worry, I parody mush-for-brains republicans too. I'm an equal opportunity ridiculer. :D
11-04-2008, 01:59 PM
Eighth installment of FRENZIEDminds.
11 hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
Also posted on the Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 004: October 2008 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5472847#post5472847) thread.
11-17-2008, 01:53 PM
My frenzied-minded, short attention-span lost interest in trying to figure out how to end the Pair-of-Dummies story arc (I'll finish it one of these days). So I fiddled around with a character I'm developing. I'll use it as a promotional piece for T-shirts and-or whatever.
Also post at CGtalk's Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 006: November 12- 18 2008 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5500955#post5500955)
6 hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
11-24-2008, 10:09 AM
I'm still story-boarding the ending to Pair-of-Dummies and bridging to the next arc. So I worked on another character. Also posted @ CGtalks Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 007: November 19- 25, 2008 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5517653#post5517653)
6 hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
11-25-2008, 04:20 AM
He looks good Mark. Mafia cat? I think your characters will make cool action figures. I like the mummy :)
11-25-2008, 04:59 AM
Thanks Andy. Yes the cat is like a mobster type... but more like a monopolistic-crooked-business-CEO-fat-cat character. The mafia from the past didn't go away. They simply commercialized and moved up into white-color-jobs and crime. So the cat is a more upscale high-class tyrant.
I'd like to create action figures. I've seen some characters that are curiously similar to mine (I was first... by several years as I was creating my characters from scratch in college, and I've got publishing proof) that actually have dolls made of them (Frito-Lay and Pepsi use them in their advertising down there). They are from an Agentina advertising agency, Faustin Bros. They used to have a website going but all it says now is "under construction". See www.funki-punky.com
11-26-2008, 11:53 AM
Here's a pimptastic version :D
12-02-2008, 06:54 PM
Whoa, he's awesome. I like this one better.
12-03-2008, 02:05 PM
Thanks! :D My co-worker gave me some tips on clothing. :)
12-08-2008, 04:36 PM
PAIR-OF-DUMMIES 5-of-5 (I'll pick it up again when I get more ideas).
16 hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom:
01-12-2009, 05:38 PM
27 hours (4-1st panel, 6-2nd panel, 6-3rd panel, 10-last 3 panels): Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom.
Also posted @ CGtalks Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 014: January 7-13 2009 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5613704#post5613704)
Made several minor edits and was able to export the Illustrator file into photoshop (one panel at a time). The top image is the better/edited version.
01-29-2009, 06:43 PM
Also posted on CGtalk's Wednesday Night Comic Creators Club 016: January 28 -February 3 2009 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5649368#post5649368)
BACKGROUND: I made this episode because I'm always disappointed when fabulously, beautiful concept cars get dummed down to complete ugliness by the time they reach production.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES: One of my friends asked to be included in a comic, so the designer character is him. Another friend designed a character and the engineer is an interpretation of that character. Then another asked to include him in a comic as a ninja-monkey named "Pladimir Vutin". I got the ninja-monkey part but not the name... at least not yet. heh.
18 hrs: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
02-07-2009, 07:42 PM
I'm honored and psyched to-no-end that my latest comic episode has been featured on AutoBlog.com!!! :bounce: Autoblog.com is the biggest blog about cars on the internet! I read the blog regularly and submitted my comic as a "tip" on their website and John Neff (Editor-in-Chief) liked it!
11-03-2009, 04:55 AM
I made a couple of animated FRENZIEDmind heads for fun (Illustrator/Photoshop/ImageReady)...
11-18-2009, 09:05 AM
This was my first comic (post high-school), titled "GOT ALFALFA". It was first about a pair of prairie dogs named GOT and Fred and also about a family of prairie dogs. It was going to deal with big-business abuse. I made three instances before the comic morphed into something else. http://features.cgsociety.org/newgallerycrits/g27/14527/14527_1258538060_large.jpg
11-18-2009, 09:23 AM
ALCHE-TRAZ is what GOT ALFALFA morphed into. I created 5 gif animated instances before my interests and time vanished (I ran out of the time it took to create each episode). It was going to be more directly about corporate and gov abuse. The topic became too cynical for me to maintain and enjoy creating hours-on-end.
11-24-2009, 04:36 PM
Created this for a comic-blog I'm working on. It's only hand-drawn (at the moment) due to time-constraints and computer problems.
The NEWS-spoof comic-blog is located at www.thehabanero.com (http://wwwthehabanero.com)
02-22-2010, 04:25 PM
Created a ONE-PANEL version of my comic. Trying this out to see if I can generate enough ideas to keep a 1-panel version going.
6 hrs: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
03-02-2010, 06:12 PM
My Mom was always looking out for us and made sure we always made it to school on time.
12 hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom:
03-22-2010, 07:14 PM
20 hours. Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom.
05-25-2010, 02:28 PM
New FRENZIEDminds episode.
This idea has been kicking around inside my brain for many years. It's a gross exaggeration, loosely based on the experience I've heard from several different people's visits to various different doctors. I've penciled it several times and in several different variations. I finally put them all together into a tight six panels of joy & excitement.
30+ hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
09-28-2010, 02:43 PM
This is part 1 of 2.
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
48+ hours: Illustrator+Photoshop+Wacom
01-03-2011, 06:53 PM
Messing around during break at work... XD
05-20-2011, 02:15 PM
Created this for my wife. She said, "I want a giant poster of Al on the wall". Sigh... So here it is and she loves it. Printed at 24x36 inch on some HP satin photo-paper with an aluminum sandwich ploy material. Will frame and hang on the wall.
Al the Green Tree Rabbit (Al Greentreerabbit) is one of the more popular characters from my comic FRENZIEDminds.
Illustrator+Photosho+Wacom= about 16 hours.
09-19-2011, 06:47 PM
GOLDIEBOT AND THE THREE BEARS, part 2 of 2:
06-23-2012, 10:20 AM
Aimlessly created this little thing while wearing a tinfoil hat one evening. I think the play on Uncle Sam's famous "I Want You" slogan is cool.http://features.cgsociety.org/newgallerycrits/g27/14527/14527_1340445937_submedium.jpg
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