On Saturday 7th we celebrated the 12 Hour Comics Day Challenge, and event celebrated Worldwide by artists; pros and amateurs. I've been looking forward to this event for quite a bit and alongside a few local creators, we gathered at The Muse Writer's Center in Norfolk, Virginia to tackle on this difficult; yet incredibly fun challenge.
- Draw, ink and letter a 12 page comic in 12 hours. (Coloring is optional)
Pretty simple right? WRONG!!! It seems simple when you talk about it but when you actually sit down and doit... it becomes quite a difficult task; especially if you decide to do the event like I did and not have a pre-determined story in mind. This is how it went for me:
11:45am - I arrived @ The Muse Writer's Center
12:01pm - The challenge began.
1:30pm - I finished "plotting" the story and sketching out my
4:10pm - Finished laying out my pages.
5:00pm - 30 minute lunch break.
6:00pm - At this point I had only inked two and a half pages but
then something clicked, I noticed that I was wasting too
much time going over my rough layouts with detailed
pencils and then inking when I could simply do tighter
layouts and go straight to inking; cutting an entire step in
THIS is why I did the challenge in the first place, to learn new things, to gain more speed; figure out ways to be more efficient with my art; to become a better artist. And I did all of the above! This is the reason why everyone should take on challenges like this one, because they push you to the limits of what you think you're capable of artistically and eventually you become a better version of yourself. But don't take my word for it... try it for yourselves! -MC
7:30pm - Now, after skipping one step in my process things began
to speed up and I had seven pages fully inked.
10:00pm - By now I was starting to feel fatigue and my hand was
starting to hurt.
11:58pm - Mission Accomplished! I finished my twelve fully inked
and lettered pages.
What Did I Learned From This Challenge?
1. I learned that I'm not as fast as I want to be when it comes to drawing.
2. I still need to improve my inking.
3. I learned to let go of "the norm" and just go with what felt right, skipping a step in my process helped me immensely.
4. Doing this event in groups is far better than doing it by yourself, although it helps when everyone has the same motivation to finish the challenge.
5. I'll be doing a lot more of these events.