I thought my process was really simple, but when I wrote it down, there was a lot to write!
- After I get an idea, I jot it down on a piece of paper. This first version generally looks like chicken scratch.
- I place it in my pile of ideas and let it sit until it calls to be worked on. Sometimes it sits for a few minutes, a day, a year ... I have ideas that are still sitting after a decade.
- I cross things out and add more chicken scratch to the piece of paper until I've laid out what I think is a solid cartoon. Sometimes I get out another piece of paper because I've added and subtracted so much information that I can't read my own writing.
- I redo the cartoon in pencil on another piece of paper. This version is neater than the original and begins to resemble one of my cartoons.
- I redo the cartoon yet again in pencil on another piece of paper until it looks exactly and precisely like I'd like the finished cartoon to look.
- I place the finished pencil drawing on top of a lightbox, and place a sheet of card stock on top of it. I then essentially trace my pencil drawing with markers.
- I scan the finished marker drawing, and clean it up and add colour digitally.
Then it's finished, and ready to be posted online, or in this cartoon's case, included in Unlightenment.