Yesterday I finished inking a page from chapter 5 (don’t worry, it’s not going to be a spoiler) and captured the whole process on video. This is a bit over 4 hours of work compressed into approximately an hour and 15 minutes. The first video is sped up 200% and the rest 300% to 400% percent.
It’s funny for me to watch these process videos; there is a weird disconnect when I watch them – it’s almost like someone else’s hand drawing. When Silver showed me the first ever 12 second video he took, it made me laugh and brought a feeling of elation, but none of the self consciousness that I expected. Now the novelty factor is progressively wearing off, but the disconnect remains there. I started to understand the reason when someone on facebook commented that the drawing in the videos looks effortless. I see it too, but in reality it’s anything but effortless.
It dawned on me that the experience of drawing the page is so much more than just the movement of your hand. What I’m primarily experiencing while drawing is the layers of thought processes, conflicts and decision making, the hand is just a movement that follows. In video, the movement becomes the focus. That said, I think it’s still a valuable experience for both me and anyone who’s interested in seeing the process. I’ve learned such an incredible amount from watching other people’s process videos. It’s probably better not hearing the thoughts that come with the process, since it’s going to force you to figure out your own way of interpreting what you see :)
For anyone who draws/paints I recommend recording your process and watching it. It can give you a very objective perspective on your work. I think it can be a good experience :)