First of all…I dare you to share your comics at your site :~) Remember it’s in the Blogger Book of Code that when given a dare, the blogger must respond or face the consequences of the very scary Blog Blob — trying saying THAT ten times.”
Before further comment, I must say Sara and her blog are delicious. She’s interesting, talented, and I adore her. Sara, you ROCK! Also, before continuing, I hope to all that is good in this world that her buddy (and my new pal, too) Tony Single is not reading this. Tony, Master Comic, if you do stop by I kindly request you to avert your eyes. And dear reader, please visit Tony’s site to experience tons of fun and great writing, too.
Back to Sara’s dare
At first I thought, Oh hells no! No way! I only do this for fun. Why would I want to do a silly thing like that? Expose my shenanigans to the world?
Then I let it simmer for a few days. And my insides started bubbling.
(Meanwhile, I’m frantically looking for more information about the Blog Blob, no stone unturned.)
Despite feeling like I’m showing up to class—and after I find my seat—I realize I’m naked, like I do in my nightmares sometimes, I decided to honor Sara’s request. Sweet reader, be gentle. OK?
To make this a little more interesting (maybe), I’ll show you my “artist process”—how I go about making a comic.
Step One: Get the idea for the frame. What will be the basic idea for the cartoon? I think this is absolutely the most challenging part. Seriously, try this and you’ll experience what I mean. For me, it’s fun making comics out of fairy tales or about goofy sayings we all spout forth. This time I decided to make a spoof about Humpty Dumpty.
Step Two: Start sketching. For me, this is probably the most enjoyable part. Here’s my sketch for the comic. I sketch in pencil first, then refine with pen&ink and erase the pencil marks:
Step Three: Scan in *.eps format to my Mac then transfer to my iPad and add a splash of color. Here’s the result thus far:
Step Four: Transfer back to my Mac, use Adobe Illustrator to add the text balloon, frame, and text elements. Finally, open image in Photoshop to add finishing touches (e.g., contrast, light adjustments, sizing, formatting for web, etc.). And, VOILA! I’ve avoided the Blog Blob, Sara!
Enjoy your day today, lovelies! Thanks again to Sara for issuing this dare. I had good fun.
My question for you: do you remember a time someone dared you to do something? How did it turn out?
P.S. RAOKA: Wisdom day is coming Wednesday this week (US time). If you care to add a post regarding your thoughts about wisdom or instances of wisdom you’ve seen, experienced, or passed on, write a post and link it to mine (see instructions about how to do that at my post Wednesday). Or play along in the comments! Email me if you’d like more information about the RAOKA Crusade.