So there I was..........
Working on a storyboard. Got the thing done, and noted my supplies were low on some stuff.
I knew this for a while know and I was in a holding pattern since I'm in the midst of a move between provinces.
Okay, I've actually been AT the destination province for 2 months now, but we are just about to move into our own place--after staying (and working) in a relatives basement for the duration.
So, past couple of weeks I've been casually looking for a few supplies to top up my stockpile.
I'm still doing boards traditionally........a sort of "tradigital" approach involving doing them on paper first, scanning and then doing tweaks and labelling in Photoshop. I know, a full digital approach should negate the use of or need for ANY paper media, but I have a small 4x5" Wacom and cannot afford anythign snazzier right now. So paper it is.
I use a variety of tools and media on the paper boards.
3M removable tape and post-it notes make doing additional posed panels on the board soooooo much easier, so those are staples in my art supply stockpile.
The tape is easy to find..........most major office supply stores stock it........
...but the post-it notes........they have become my new nemesis of the month.
What? You say that post-it note products are as common as blades of grass??
Why yes they are.........but I seek a specific product in the line.
3M PLAIN, 4x6 self-sticking ( not super sticky) notes.........in canary yellow.
Must be un-lined, plain...and in the bland canary yellow.......
See, I lay them puppies down on a 'board page and they are JUST translucent enough that you can trace off things without a light-box if need be.
Been using them for years--slap 'em down trace off the lines and such you need.....shift the note if you have to.......adjust......... draw a border with a black Sharpie and tape with the removable tape when you are done (I use removable so a correction is as easy as peeling up the taped down panel--which comes up easily but holds with enough tack for years. Does tear the paper either.).
Truly great products....and I rely on them.
But those post-its...........I've been looking.......today I ramped up the search............been looking HARD.....and do you think any jackanape office-supply place this modest sized city carries them in the size and style I need them?
Nien, Nada, n'yet, uh-uh. Nope.
They got lined ones, orange ones, blue ones, pinks ones.........all useless to me.
And I'm too cheap to order them online because it'll cost me $60 to get ANY amount to my door from any of these stores that do mail-order.
Which, by the way, some of these places offer them (apparently) on their web-sites, BUT NOT IN THEIR BRICK & MORTAR STORES!
I want to slap something. And spit.
Looks like I have to do things the hard way from now on.
That means playing with scissors.
Yes............me, and sharp pointy cutting tools..........in my horrid little hands. And a brain that schemes.
The point of all this? If you are curious at all about the daily travails of a pro cartoonist.............getting frustratingly anal about post-it notes is just more of all in a day's work. Its a glimpse of life on the inside.
"We all grow older, we do not have to grow up"--Archie Goodwin ( 1937-1998)