(G; Fiction) A young snowflake tells the story of his first blizzard.
This was orignally created as a content-free demonstration tool for my Art of the Comic Book class. The tools were (1) using a compass to draw ink circles, (2) 1-point perspective and (3) Ames Lettering Guide lines.
Like “Lucky Seven“, this story is rendered with traditional media tools.
10″ x 15″ live area on 14″ x 17″ bristol paper
Speedball Super Black India Ink
Short-handle round #4 sable brush
Ruling pen (borders)
Speedball nib #512 (buildings, details)
Speedball C6 and B6 (lettering)
Ames Lettering Guide (setting 3.5 even-spaced)
Adobe Photoshop CS3 (color, production)
This is the first time I based a story on a visual design. Working around the inked circles, the layout is based on George Herriman’s Krazy Kat. I knew I wanted some type of white “framing” element, eventually choosing snow (over clouds, paper or dandruff). At this point, it could’ve been an Ezra Jack Keats-inspired “Snowy Day”. Telling the story from the snowflake’s point of view was more intriguing.
The “Sam” in question is my then 8-year-old son. His dialog came from his love of snow and making adults miserable. He and his best friend Henry invented a weather machine. Since no adult was allowed to see this mythical gadget, I chose to make it look like an iPad.