Comic 1 - World Nude Gardening Day
3rd Oct 2020, 8:00 AM in One-pagers
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Author Notes:
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete
Woop! It's a first page! After five years of talking about the comic, it's finally here!
It's really another test page. The first two panels were drawn traditionally, with ink and watercolors. Panels 2-10 were drawn on the iPad, in Procreate while I refined the dimensions for the individual panels. Panel 11 was done in Affinity Photo, also on iPad. All individual panels were assembled in Affinity Designer while I sorted out a dozen niggling technical things and learned a bit about the tools. However, I did not manage to get everything to look consistent while trying out different tools and approaches. I now know what my preferred process is. Future pages will be drawn as whole pages, in Procreate, and Affinity Publisher will only be used for lettering and post-processing.
While I did this, I had some fun with the 11-panel structure that Sjors & Sjimmie creators Wilbert Plijnaar, Jan van Die and Robert van der Kroft developed over the years. It's very difficult to do, actually, though for me most of the difficulty was with writing in that style. For the individual panels, whenever it wasn't easy, it was because I did something wrong while writing and thumbnailing. Even so, with 11 small panels per page and everything being full-body shots, it's a lot of work for a format that maybe doesn't work that great on the web, so future pages will be looser and have fewer panels, and more variety in the angles.
User comments:
Hogan edit delete reply
Bwahaha... so much good to take in from this one.. needed to reread it several times to catch all the gold nuggets XD
This one is off to a great start!
NatureB (Guest) edit delete reply
Yay!, nice ^^, so the story begins ^_^
felneymike edit delete reply
Disgusting, degenerate pervert here. I hope the Golden Retreiver is okay.
Hey, I still care about the cute fluffy animals.
NakedWriting edit delete reply
I realized I’d been following you on Twitter but hadn’t actually been to your strip. These are awesome. They are so awesome, I’m upset there are so few! I also wanted to read the backstory on the island... when was it settled... what kind of people live there... is it clothing optional everywhere or just at the campsite and the beach... what is everyone’s name... but you have gotten that far yet. More for me to imagine until you get to it (like the mom moved back home to help her dad out with the campsite, her two sons — originally best friends in school, adopted brothers due to need — making friends with others on the island and learning to enjoy the different pace of life). I’m really interested to see where you take things!
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete reply
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me to hear that the comic sparks your imagination.
There is a backstory - an origin story for the campsite, but I am in no position to draw it right now. Once I've worked out a way to massively increase my output, I'll get to it.
Marcel edit delete reply
Just discovered this. It's adorable! As a nudist myself, It's great to see the lifestyle properly depicted.
And that eleven panel layout works well!
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete reply
Thanks! It turned out to be a little more than I could handle in a weekly comic, but those first episodes helped me get off to a strong start.