Monday, January 2, 2012
Dee's Beauty Salon .. Hello 2012!!!
Was looking over the "Dark-hives", trying to find the first caption I made that wasn't specifically "magical" .. which took awhile since the first 240 panels* I made were pretty much exclusively dealing with spells, curses, wishes gone wrong, etc .. There was one other caption that left it blank, but it was more implied that magic was somehow the means of transformation. Hence it took me about 3 months (June 2008) into my captioning 'career' to try something out of my comfort zone.
Its fun to look back and see what you were doing then, and how you would do it differently now, 3 and a half years later. This is one of the first times I used my signature font, so it still LOOKS like something I'd do now, though I didn't frame it the way I do now. I also justified the text to whichever side the picture was positioned, which I don't think I did too often. I was still feeling out a style to call my own.
So, design wise, I'd probably do a few things differently (like make all the panels the same width) but I think the story and dialog would stay the same if I was making the same caption today. The main thing that jumps out at me though is this .. I don't usually go this deep into plots anymore. Could I boil this down to one caption sucessfully? I doubt it .. though its definitely a relative of another one I posted here over a week ago .. A Subtle and Tasteful Makeover. In fact, I mention that I didn't want to create a multi-panel caption with a guy picture in the 1st one .. subconsciously I was probably aware that I made a caption much like this one 3 years earlier!
This is something that Simone and I discussed over IM's last night. I think we both started around the same time making captions. We've probably done just about every story line and plot point we could since then. Trying not to repeat ourselves takes A LOT of effort, especially for people we've captioned often. We each have our own ways of dealing with it. I went with making micro-captions .. where I focused more on a specific element of the transformation, where some details are magnified while others are virtually non-existent. So its a "maid caption" but I leave out the "how" or "who did it" and focus on the feeling of having to clean their old mansion.
There are enough differences between this caption series and .. A Subtle and Tasteful Makeover .. that I don't feel that I plagiarized my own work. Others might have different opinions!
* By a rough guestimate, I've made over 1500+ TG panels. I did many more multi-panel captions when I started out. After 6 months or so, I barely went more than 2 panels for any caption I created.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: What are some things you do to make sure you don't rehash the exact same captions again and again, especially when captioning a well worn TG motif? Other than trying to not draw attention to similar captions that you've done before .. like I did here! Do you just shrug your shoulders and say, "you can't really reinvent the wheel, so why bother?" or stress yourself to constantly be innovative?