Wednesday, November 3, 1999

Well, things are pretty much back to normal on the diary front. I downloaded wget, a GNU tool that downloads web pages to a local machine, and wrote a little shell script to use that to back up my personal website. I’ll set up a few more to back up other pages I have scattered around (e.g. the STUN Software sites, my CGI scripts, etc. etc.). Then I’ll copy all of that to tape once a week.

I’ve got also got another new photo up on You Must Be Kidding Me, this time a shot of an arrested professional football player (like that narrows it down). Have fun with it!

The cartooning thing is going reasonably well. I practiced heads last night, which are pretty easy until you have to do non-standard things with them (e.g. profile and 3/4 shots). I also need to work more on hair. Even so, it’s a lot of fun, and easy to practice for a few minutes.

Of the two cartooning books I bought yesterday, I was struck in particular by one of them. It was How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema, and what struck me was what it had to say about figures. One of Marvel’s trademarks, which I didn’t realize existed until they had explained it, is to over-dramatize the body’s positioning, particularly for super-heroes. It’s fine to draw a character tensed, ready for action, but if you over-extenuate the position that the character is in, the drama is heightened. It’s subtle, but definitely has an impact on how you react to the drawings. Very interesting.

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