Monday, March 10, 2008

No, really, I'm on the mend!


My sincerest thanks to everyone for all the nice comments and well-wishes. I'm really feeling a whole lot better since I was released from the hospital, and getting back to my old self. I didn't eat or do much except sleep and writhe in pain for the 3 weeks or so I was sick, so I'm a bit weak and trying to ease into my daily routine, but one of the things I wanted to do right away was try and get back to drawing.

After such a long layoff, I was quite rusty when I got back to the studio, so I spent some time over the last few days doodling and getting my chops back. I always find that I lose the finer control I need for inking clean lines or drawing things like curves after a few days away from the board. And after such an extended layoff like this one, it took a few hours of doodling and doing some practice inking to get the kinks out. As an excerise, I drew the doodle above, which pretty much sums up my feelings about my hospital stay. Hope you like it -- and I sincerely hope you never go through such an illness!

BTW, for an example of the kind of 'practice inking' I do to get the barnacles off my drawing hand, you can check out the sheet below. Its kind of like doing drills or noodling with the guitar. I usually do something like it, with the initial lines looking sloppy and rough. But by the time I fill up the page, I usually have all my fine control back. I did this one while watching a basketball game this afternoon and believe me, when I started I was cursing myself for how shaky my hand was. Luckily it all worked out by the end, and my team even won the game. Hurrays!

12 comments:

Ben said...

That page of practice inks is actually really cool. I would totally hang it on my wall. Also, great job inking that New Frontier story. Also also, that's terrible news about your illness, but excellent news that you're feeling so much better. Cheers!

Dave said...

Hey Mike,

Sorry to hear about your illness (really, really sorry!), but glad to hear you're doing better. Great stuff on the new Frontier story - loved it! And cool exercise pages - neat to see!

Diana, Rosie and I are doing well - London rocks (mostly)!

Ras Yeti said...

Glad you are feeling both hale and hearty.

Drazen said...

Hey Michael
glad to hear you are better and I was sorry to
just read about your illness.
keep getting better!
drazen

ADC said...

Get better dude!

RLS said...

Sorry to hear about your illness, Mike and I'm glad you're feeling better.
Great job on on the New Frontier inks. I bet that was a lot of fun.

Paul Rivoche said...

Sorry to hear about your troubles Mike, but glad it sounds like you're getting better! Being sick like that is no fun, for sure...

Michael Cho said...

Ben: thanks, dude. I'm glad you liked the New Frontier story. Hey, are you the same Ben I met in Halifax a while back at Cooke's house? If so, nice to hear from you again!

Dave: thanks for the concern, Dave. I hope you and the family are settling in nicely in London. I loved the photos you sent of Rosie all happy in the new house.

Ras Yeti: much thanks -- is this Paul I'm talking to? If so, hope all is well, buddy!

Drazen: thanks, Drazen. I appreciate the thought!

Adc: thanks, Arthur. Hope all is well with you and Neelam too. I'm probably gonna blow a Transmission-x deadline this week due to the hopsital stay -- but I actually got a good excuse! :)

RLS: Thanks, Ron. Nice to hear from you too. Yeah, the NF ink job was fun -- I'd met Dave Bullock last year, and it was a blast to work together on this little story. He's a great guy, as well as a talented artist.

Paul: thanks, Paul! Always good to hear from you. I hope you're keeping well and not too busy with all the work you usually do! My best to you and your family.

Chris Samnee said...

Oh man, sorry to hear you've been ill. Good to know you're on the mend though. Take care, sir.

Dan C said...

Glad you're feeling better, Mike. Lovely drawings, too!

Dan

Michael Cho said...

Chris and Dan: thanks for the nice thoughts, guys. I'm feeling much better and am even back in the studio and goofing around...

Hope both of you are working on some good comics!

Rob Swizzle said...

Good to hear you're on the mend! I like the sick Mike drawing, BTW.