and I’m celebrating it with a new illustration!
Actually, mud is really NOT my favorite thing. However, when I saw that the word for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators monthly art prompt was “muddy”, I figured I might as well embrace the challenge and get my hands a little dirty.
These days I’ve also thrown out the rule book. Instead of trying to come up with verbal gags for my single panel gag cartoons before I start drawing (doing so is highly recommended by most cartoonists), I’ve resorted to simply doodling and letting what emerges from my scribbles dictate the direction of the humor. I would have felt sheepish about admitting that I cartoon this way, until I came across this New Yorker Cartoon Desk archived article about the cartoonist John O’Brien.
So, for your amusement, here is the rather messy (muddy?) process I used to come up with my latest illustration.
The preliminary doodle sketch was done on regular 8.5 x 11 office paper with a 3B pencil…
I then scanned my doodle into my photo editing program to clean it up a bit more (my eraser was black by this point) and to see it from a new perspective…
(As you can see, I also crudely re-drew areas with the paint brush tool in my photo editing program. I’ve used Corel Paint Shop Pro for years for my photo editing and illustration clean up projects. Currently I’m using the Corel Paint Shop Pro X9 version.)
From here, the next steps were to transfer the line drawing to my Borden & Riley #234 Paris Paper for Pens, ink it with my various brush tip pens, and then color it with my Faber Castell Watercolor pencils.
The finished illustration…
(Quite cleaned up, if I do say so myself!)
Here’s hoping the folks over at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators love it, too!