What are journal comics you ask? Actually, Jeff asked but he always has questions. In my view, journal comics are usually based on some real life event. For example:
The above comic was true. (Except for the talking cat but I think you get my meaning.) But this next comic was only partly true.
It’s true that I made a negative comment on Facebook. It wasn’t anything inflammatory or even rude, but I couldn’t get it off my brain. I figured if it bugged me that bad, I might as well delete it. So I did. But that’s not funny. I added the last panel for a laugh and of course it fell in well after the comic about squeezing into skinny shorts.
The next two page comic is based on a statement I really made about only spending one hour per day online. (I think I was still in chocolate withdrawal and not thinking clearly.) The entire rest of the comic was just for pure fun.
That two page comic turned out to be Jeff’s favorite. He said it was the most Pamo’s World like. I agree with him that it’s the funniest but journal comics aren’t required to be funny. For example, this next journal comic is a commentary about creating comics and is not designed to be funny.
It came to me as I was looking at a simple cartoon instruction on drawing perspective. I am always interested in advancing my drawing skills and try to view each comic as an opportunity to try a different character position, expression, background etc. It’s important for me to try and convey some sense of movement.
My journal comics are made in a 8 inch x 5 inch spiral bound, college ruled notebook. The actual comic drawing area is 4 inches x 6.5 inches. So that’s a small space and forces me to get my ideas down simply.
I draw my initial comic in pencil, then ink, then erase. I then scan and move the image into Photoshop where I finagle with contrast until the ruled lines are no longer visible.
It’s important with journal comics to get the idea down and move on. Ignore the mistakes or even better yet, turn the mistakes into an interesting part of the comic. I try to make each comic clear and entertaining.
Journal comics are fun to draw! How bout you? Draw any journal comics lately?
Until next toon,