SAM & FUZZY, by Sam Logan (updates M/W/F)

Animal Kingdom, Pt. 20

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Jan 6, 2012

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: First of 2012 Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!

"[In last week's Q and A,] you mentioned commission work. Is that like personal commissions, or drawings for magazines and companies and stuff?" -Case

Personal commissions, mostly! I don't do a very good job of advertising it on the site, but I do take commission requests! (That gallery is actually a little bit out of date... I should update it with some more recent stuff!)

If you'd like me to draw something, Sam and Fuzzy-related or otherwise, just send me an email describing what you're after and I'd be happy to give you a quote. Commissions can't be as cheap as the quick sketches I've been selling through twitter, but they're way more polished, and more custom-tailored to whatever specific bizarre or disturbing concept your brain has come up with. (And man, sometimes they get pretty elaborate... like the Firefly and Clockwork Orange parodies that the buyers kindly let me transform into Book Club bonus desktops! )

"Is colored line-art the 'different thing' about your Dead Winter Guest Strip? I don't think I've ever seen you use it before." -Allison

Close! The difference is in the line-art, but not the colour... I've used coloured lines in a handful of other guest strips. (Although admittedly not very many!)

My Dead Winter guest strip is actually the very first comic I've drawn entirely digitally, from "pencils" to finished art, using a tablet. If you can't tell, then good, because that's my ultimate goal!

I'm still getting used to using it -- I'm much slower at inking on the tablet than I am with a brush, and I have to work hard to keep the finished drawings from looking too "stiff" -- but practice makes perfect! I don't have any real desire to switch to using the tablet for everything, but I'd love to develop it as a secondary skill. I think it'll be great for doing colour work, especially work with multi-coloured lineart. It'll also come in handy for images that I need to really rework and tweak a lot to perfect. (Like t-shirt designs, for example.)

"Some characters have changed quite a bit since their first appearance-- probably largely in part because of your style changing. Will Sam ever gain a distinct hairline? " -Mickey

Sam is one of those characters who, if I was creating him for the first time today, would probably look way different. There's a lot of things about how his head is structured, like his hair or his lack of visible ears, that I wouldn't really do anymore. But though I've tweaked his design over the years -- most substantially during his Noosehead absence -- I've always been reluctant to change it too much, lest Sam stop looking like Sam.

Not too long ago, I made this graphic of Sam's appearance, year by year, from 2002 to 2011. It's fun way to see how much an artist has improved over the years! But using Sam as an example made me wonder if his design has been stagnating a bit the last couple of years, at least compared to the rest of my character art. Then again, maybe I've just settled into what works best for him. It's hard to say. What do you all think?

(Sidenote: over the years,some of our guest artists have come up with neat, slightly less abstract redesigns of Sam's face. Angela's and Lars' are two fun examples!)

"So, it looks like NMS might have to do some assassinations at some point if they want to gain notoriety. Could these assassinations possibly require a Chekhov's gun loaded with bullets that simulate death-like conditions using a simple mix of antihistamines and common table salt?" -Sette

It could work! But at this point, I don't think Sam would even be willing to fake a murderous reputation for N-M-S. (He's kind of square that way.) Of course, that's assuming he'll have any say in the matter...

Well, that's a wrap for this week, team! Come back on Monday for more comics. Woo!

-Sam Logan

Jan 4, 2012

Dead Winter

Hey, guess who has a guest strip running over at Dave Shabet's awesome zombie survival webcomic, Dead Winter? THIS guy! (Imagine me pointing at myself as I said that. Even though, strictly speaking, my hands were actually on my keyboard at the time.)

Click here to view the full strip!

There is something very significant about this strip for me... something that makes it different from any other comic, guest comic, or other piece of art I've ever posted online! I wonder if you can tell what it is? I'll spill the beans on Friday.

-Sam Logan

Jan 2, 2012

2012: Year of the 2012

Happy New Year! Let's kick things off right with a new comic. Assuming nothing goes wrong, there should be another 156 or so before 2013 hits!

True story: I inked the last panel of today's comic while I was on the ferry heading home to Victoria for the holidays, and for whatever reason, by the time I reached the last panel I was having trouble staying awake. You know what it's like when you start falling asleep in class and nearly fall forward and hit your head on your desk? That was me.

But I didn't really appreciate how far gone I must have been until the next day, when I was looking over the finished page. For reasons I can't even begin to fathom or explain now, I accidentally inked Devahi holding a large wooden board instead of a walkie talkie. See for yourself!

Remember, kids: Friends don't let friends ink tired.

-Sam Logan