I'm not sure if I'm going to turn this into a recurring thing or not, but for now I'm just having fun trying out a new artistic "look" that is a kind of throwback to the 1970's single and dual-color prints. And just for fun, I'm combining that look with lessons from my old high school Spanish classes!
I am challenging myself to go back and "fill in" all of my stories with hastily sketched images that try and capture the scene that I have in my head for each character, setting or action.
So that I don't get crushed under the weight of imperfection, I am allowing myself an hour, at most, for each sketch.
This might seem like a ten-minute sketch at best, but it took the whole hour.
In the first few drafts something was off, until I realized that the two main characters, Tangaag and Emeq, should be holding hands. There was also an unfortunately-drawn polar bear that, ultimately, I decided to replace with a much easier-to-sketch penguin.
Why did I choose "Tangaag" and "Emeq" for their names, you ask? Well, in the Inuit language "Emeq" means "Ice" and I thought it was appropriate. Tangaag also means something but I can't remember what it was.
They are both characters from "Meanwhile... In La Crosse, Wisconsin" so expect some more (and hopefully better) pictures soon!
One of the things I love most about drawing dinosaur sketches is that my worlds are generally restricted to various shades of greens, browns and reds. I'm not great with color (or with drawing for that matter) but I sometimes get intimidated by the range of options available when you consider the entire visible spectrum of light. I'm sure the world didn't look like this during dinosaur times, but in my head it sure did!
I had originally thought of calling this one, "Best New Friends... Until Five Minutes Later When The Volcano Erupted". But that seemed a bit dark. So now I'm just shorting the title and letting the audience move the story forward from there however they will.