I wrote on twitter a couple of weeks ago that I’ve been observing people more closely as they talk. It first started while looking at photos of me that my sister took last year in Comic Con while I was talking with people. I noticed my hands gestured in different ways that made me look up body language and hand gestures during conversations.
Regardless of what I learned about myself, I was more interested in the simple idea of how, almost always, we use hands during a conversation. And as a storyteller, I tired to capture that in the pages I was working on. But what was fun to draw in life gesture drawings at coffee shops and public areas, was challenging to put in a scene that is broken to panels of still images.
It’s tricky because I rarely find good examples of conversations in manga, that characters use hands when talking to others. It’s so rare that when I see or draw a character with their hands open, clenched or moving during a conversation, my automatic thought process would be; “this hand movement is going somewhere” or even worse, it looked as if the character is going to slap the one they’re talking to or looked plain forced.
It was easier to draw in a scene with characters arguing, because it’s natural to see hands flying in air while a lot o shouting or ranting is happening. I found it also easier to draw when someone is analysing or explaining something. My problem, at the moment, is only the day to day life conversations, I guess.
I believe I can pull it off with some effort, observation and gradual change in my storytelling style, art-wise. I started put more emphasis on hands and change the generic face angle when writing two characters talking. I want to shift the dialogue from text and expressions, to text, expressions and more body language.
I always considered body language and posture while thumbnailing my pages, the idea was in mind from the start but I want to push it more without over-doing it. Now that I think about it, I guess that Taiyo’s characters’ hands in Ping Pong, had an impact on me more than I thought it did.
Hands are fun to draw, for me. Even, not as an artist, I love hands and I pay close attention to someone’s hands when I’m with them. So, this quest to draw hands in conversations will be nothing but a fun challenge.
So, heads up! You’ll see more hands and body language in my art. I have a lot of acting to do while sketching and I need a big mirror in my room soon.
Thank you for reading!
You know, coz being hot causes headaches.
Chapter 24 just updated with two pages!
Inad will die by the hands of Celine one day.
Highschool days of (R->L) Yaldar, Celine, Inad and Isa.
We really didn’t have a single rainfall all winter, since that snowstorm in December. And my country is water poor.
So, after thinking of that, I drew this pic. glass half full lol
Grey is… Chapter 24: …Overture
Betrayed by the ones he cherished most, and after graduating from high school with a series of heart-breaks; Black left his home and lived away with a friend of his dad’s. In the greyscale life he lived, he longed for nothing but the end of his life, until a a person from the past crashes out of nowhere to re-add the contrast Black needs.
Chapter 24 just updated with two pages!
News about Grey is… Books and the reprint status
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about when the books will be available for sale again.
I will drop off the books at the printer next week and will, god willing, have them sometime after mid-March. For my readers in Jordan, the books will be available once I have them, all three at the usual book store; WIDESCREEN in Sweifyeh. News and updates will be posted across the different social networks.
They won’t be up on the online store though. I’m preparing for Comic Con in Dubai in April, which is a lot of money going on shipping books, Visa, Plane tickets, hotel, etc. I’m not sure yet, but I don’t think I will be able to handle packaging and shipping a couple of weeks before my trip to Dubai, so the books will most probably be up for sale again late April.
Thank you for the support and patience.
Always appreciating it <3
I like to keep interpretations to the readers, but I shared the following with a friend and she thinks it sheds some light on interesting facts.
The first pic (colored one) is White’s words for you, the viewer.
The second one is Black’s words for White.
There is a caption on each pic with a bit of info. And here is a bit more:
1. Drafting table storage tray bought from DraftingSteals.com
2. Wacom Cintiq 13HD tablet + iMac 27”
3. Oreki is a free roaming bunny. He doesn’t go out my room because in the hallway, there are no carpets and, his majesty, doesn’t walk on bare tiles. Also, he’s clean and likes to switch between all the tables and the couch I have in the room for sleeping areas. Bunnies, esp. when neutered, are clean, intelligent and can be litter-trained.
The place has also been bunny-proofed. Many bunnies like to chew on wires, so I go them covered even though Oreki isn’t one to chew on things, esp wires, apples are more tasty XD. For more images and some videos of Oreki, you can check my instagram.
4. I sometimes work on my cintiq beside the monitor, but I found out that working on the drafting table keeps me away from the screen so I focus more on work and less looking up stuff, checking tumblr, etc. It helped a lot since I’m a lazy person that even a chair with wheels is a hassle for me to move with.
5. The custom-made lightbox was a gift from my uncle, may he rest in peace, around 5 years ago. It doesn’t have the right angle for drawing and needs a third light in the center for better use, but it’s my most valuable position.
An important question.