Two years ago I was lost as a painter and I had trouble finding my voice. I was teaching at a few colleges as a adjunct, and I was also working part time as a caricature artist; as I had for some 12 years or so. One night I was working at a all night prom party drawing caricatures and someone asked me if i had ever drawn comics. Now, this was a question that I had been asked a number of times over the previous 12 years by caricature subjects. I said no I could never do that, it takes so long and besides it was not the “fine art” that I had learned getting my MFA. At the end of the night I looked at the number of drawing I had done in a four hour stretch, (which typical could number about 40 or so) and I thought that I could really do that, I could make a comic. I had stories, like most I started drawing superheros of all kinds when I was a kid but that stopped. But I had stories that I had written down ( with words and everything!) so I read every book on comics I could find and I started with the stories that I already had. That was about 2 years ago and I am about 30 pages into a book that I call Dandelion. It is mostlty posted on my website http://www.joelchristiangill.com more on Dandelions to come.
And here is the outcome:
This was drawn with a ColErase Blue pencil, inked with a Pentel pocket brush and lettered and colored in Photoshop. There are about 6 or so pages in all I will post more as I finish. Tell me what you think.