This week I am celebrating the fact that I drew and painted a page for my children's book. I might add things to it later. Above is a cropped version of the piece. I suspect I will want to redo some of the drawings by the time I get to the end.
After I finished this piece, my kids and I watched video's of author and artist Lincoln Peirce working on his Big Nate comic strips. My youngest son LOVES those Big Nate books. They really get him into reading. He sneaks them into bed sometimes to read them when he's supposed to be sleeping. He even listens to the audiobooks and walks around spouting lines from it. "The answer is: NOBODY CARES!" lol
I was really inspired by those Lincoln Peirce videos. It made me want to fill my sketchbooks with comic strip ideas instead of my cute characters or funny faces or pretty people. The problem is, it's hard to come up with funny things to draw. I admire people who can do that. Like political cartoonists. Those people are brilliant.
I also like French comic artist, Kek. He writes and draws strips about the annoying things in life that everyone goes through. I used an Amazon gift certificate that I received for Christmas to buy his book. Since it's a foreign book it is expensive. I was happy to have the opportunity to buy it with the gift certificate and it arrived while I was sick. So while I was lying around in my misery, I read his book and had a lot of good laughs. I was also inspired by him.
I don't draw comic strips, but I have always liked them. I drew a comic strip (a very lame one, mind you) when I was a young child. As a teen and an adult, I never drew them again. My drawing style is so different from that comic book style that it's not easy to just switch over. I have been working at a more cartoony style for years and I think I'm finally getting it. It's the style I'm using for my children's book.
After we watched the Lincoln Peirce videos, I told my sons, "You should carry a sketchbook around with you and draw out your ideas for comic strips. I have extra sketchbooks you can use." My younger son immediately went to his art easel and drew out a comic strip. Show off.
My older son has a notebook in which he jots down his ideas for inventions or ideas for video games. I told him he should add ideas for funny comic strips. He said, "Why?" Those two are so different.
What are you celebrating?