Day 15: Animal with a Superpower
So – okay – it’s been a tremendously long time since my last entry in the 30-Day Drawing Challenge I started back in May. Sorry about that. As you can see, I got a bit carried away with this entry. The perfectionist in me took over, and I ended up with this 3-page-long story about a dog that has the power to appear and disappear at will.
Despite the fact that this took longer than I would have liked, it was really fun trying to figure out how to tell a story using as few words as possible. And it’s really a challenge. In order to be successful, your drawings really have to be clear. Facial expressions, gestures, sound effect depiction, line density… all of these things need to be exaggerated and emphasized enough to move the story along with the utmost clarity. I’ll let you decide whether my drawings were clear enough to be understood.
While it was fun to draw the really extreme character poses (e.g. first panel on page 3), I also quite enjoyed the sequence of drawings on page 2. They were a great exercise in “acting on paper” – with the subtle changes in the character’s expression showing the evolution of his thought process. The principles of good stage acting, therefore, seem to apply to effective visual storytelling – especially comics.
If I can’t act on stage quite like my talented sister, but perhaps I can channel my energy through my drawings instead. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed today’s entry! Next up, Day 16: An Unlikely Pair.
God bless, and good night!