Moral of the story: overthinking everything can ruin your life and the life of others…
Patreon Post: Link
With this series of comics I’ve been trying to expand what we know about this family, and I’ve also been trying to include some fantasy elements to it. I think from now on, I’m gonna try to have fun with the possibilities, defying common sense if necessary, to see what I can come up with.
I hope you like it 🙂
Isn’t she the cutest?
This comic was based on a rough concept art that I shared as a Patreon exclusive a couple of months ago, I thought it was about time to reveal one of Tabby’s special skills, and I wanted to do it in the cutest way possible.
I also made a little Flipnote animation based on one of the panels of the comic:
After making the previous Tabby picture “Winter is here”, I thought it would be nice to follow up the history, showing what kind of “crazy snow figures” she was talking about XD
With this comic I wanted to try a different style, simplifying the design, and leave the humor to drive the situation.
Since today is my birthday, I decided to do a silly, yet amusing, picture. If you don’t know the character, he’s my avatar Linker, the one you see in my profile picture. I tried to imagine how a family picture would look like, most precisely a birthday memory, transformed into a cartoon environment, and this was the result.
My father has always been a bit of a photograph enthusiast. Even when cameras weren’t in our tissues as today, he was always taking pictures of anything he considered important.
Obviously, he documented many events in our family, including our birthdays. I think that’s a fortunate thing to preserve, considering we barely have any depiction of him or my mother when they were kids, because of several situations that didn’t allow them to do such a thing. It makes you realize the little things we might take for granted nowadays.
I decided to make it look like a instant photograph, instead of just submitting the illustration as it was, mostly because I wanted to give the sensation of a past family moment, an aura of a treasured memory.
He also tended to write little notes on the pictures, like the day it was taken, the place we were in, or the people that were depicted on it. So, I also decided to add that as reference, instead of leaving it as a nameless picture.
This picture was originally made in 2013 for a project in which I drew my avatar Linker in some of the stages of his life, starting when he was born of course.
That had to be the first time I made him as a baby, and I can’t think on another scenario in which I would have the idea to do so.
In 2014, I wanted to show part of the project again for a different purpose, and I had to draw him again because I simply didn’t like the way the drawing looked anymore. I was able to see all the mistakes I made, and I fixed them.
Since I never had a good opportunity to show this drawing in the gallery, I was looking for a fitting to show him so I thought of my birthday.
However, I again had the issue that I didn’t like the way he looked anymore. You know how this works, right? As you get better in something, you tend to develop your skills, and you easily see the mistakes you did before. So, I re drew him one more time in order to fit with my actual skills.
Even if it meant to be working it on my exact birthday, I didn’t want to lose the chance to show it to you guys, so I hope you like it!
I made this comic for the last halloween, and I decided to make a small animation and submit it in .GIF format. One of the critiques I received was that you weren’t able to read it at your own pace because the GIF auto plays itself. I thought it was a fair comment, so I decided to fix the problem.
I started with a rough sketch to see how the comic would look as an animated GIF. After that, I cleaned up the animation, and I kept adding frames to make the transitions smoother.
The final piece has a different timing because of the additional frames. Some pauses were added to make it look more like an animation.
I think it’s cool that the process itself looks like a 3 panel comic.
Originally, this was going to be a 4 panel comic strip, but then I started wondering how it would look if I made it a gif. So, I kept adding frames and frames until it was good enough for the idea. This is my first attempt at making an animated comic (if you don’t count an animation that I made way back in 2008), so I hope you like it.
The style of the characters in this comic was inspired by this previous comic strip: Link
I know the idea might be a bit silly, but I think it wasn’t only just about the idea, but more like being able to give more life to the work that’s already out there. I will keep learning more fundamentals to see where that gets me. I already see lots of interesting things I can make with this style