I’ve been absolutely up to my neck in the Draw The Line project (comic artists drawing positive political actions that anyone can take), but when Hourly Comic Day rolled around, I couldn’t bear the thought of not taking part.
I’ve participated for the past three years, and the concept chimes very well with my tendency towards diary-based comics. This year though, I’d be in Leeds with work, for an all-day meeting that would neither allow for the luxury of regular drawings and uploads, nor provide very interesting or varied content. So I cheated slightly, and completed my hourlies on the Saturday beforehand.
As with every year, it was slightly stressful and time-consuming, and I ended up feeling a bit unhappy about sharing rough work. But also as with every year, I believe that the narrative supersedes the quality of the drawing in the end.
Anyway, awkward preamble over, here’s my Hourly Comic Day. Click any of the images to see them at a larger size.
If I have time, I hope to do my usual round-up post of other people’s too, but it might not be as quick off the mark as it usually is.
I was a bit pressed for time this Valentine’s day, so no massive, hand-crafted works of art from me. Fortunately, my nearest and dearest are forgiving recipients.
A pair of cats, dashed off late at night, for my husband. The theme and composition kind of suggested itself, once I’d started doodling on the one size of card blank I had around the place.
I quite like it though, as the seed of an idea. Would it be oh so wrong to develop it into a more polished piece, for sales purposes? Woman in ‘exploits relationship for gain’ shocker.
And this card was for my daughter, who is still at the age where she is thrilled to get a card, even if it’s from mum. Again, this was very much a last-minute job. There is something about it that reminds me of cartoony cards of the Seventies – maybe the colour scheme?
I was also gratified to receive a card back from her – an enormous one, that had made – with permission! – use of my collage pile. I know this is a cliche, but it was kind of effortlessly beautiful, graphic, exuberant… plus she’d done something with a speech balloon inside the card that I never would have thought of, and it looked brilliant.
So hooray for small people, I guess. It’s nice to feel like the learning isn’t all one-way. Lots of lessons there, if we look for them.
Thanks to poor forward planning skills, our family suffers a quadruple whammy at this time of year. As soon as all the kerfuffle of Christmas and New Year is over, it’s our daughter’s birthday, and then, just a week later, my husband’s.
I spent the first few days of the year creating a winter wonderland birthday party fit for a nine-year-old. Then it was time to turn my attention towards my husband’s big day.
He’d just asked for money this year, as he’s saving for a new laptop. It’s hard to make a cheque exciting to open, so I thought I would put in some extra effort and let his card double up as a piece of artwork.
And here it is before I added the colour.
I think the likenesses were very slightly better before I put the colour on, but ah well, never mind. The dude in question didn’t seem to mind.
And now, maybe I can return to my normally scheduled artwork… until Valentine’s Day.
This is what bedtimes look like, these days.
Slightly strange one, this, but I like the long thin format. Put that down to the cheap landscape sketchbooks in Tiger Stores.
Some kids are completely mesmerised when they see a screen.
At first, I thought they must come from families where they aren’t allowed as much TV time as our daughter is (against my better judgement, I might say).
But apprently not – it’s just that the screen makes them go like rabbits in headlights. Anyway, the good thing is, they sit so still and you can get some real drawing time in.