Showing posts with label Abbott and Gooseberry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Abbott and Gooseberry. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff


Once again, I'll be creating a series of Abbott and Gooseberry panels that will promote the Combined Federal Campaign for a certain Federal agency. I think these are the toughest ones to do. They have to be mildly amusing, feature limited anarchy, and promote the different causes that people can donate to.

I think the limited anarchy is the hardest thing in the world to pull off.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

How it All Comes Together


This is a "shell" that I have drawn, colored in, and scanned. It's a large .tif file that I use in Photoshop. I may resize or rebalance the color, but what you see in a finished cartoon is a scanned shell with text added.

I came across this strategy by accident because the most difficult part of all of this for me is not the drawing, it's the lettering. By using Photoshop, I can speed up the process, reuse a drawing, and really edit and refine what goes into the panels.

Here are two examples of this used in the same shell.

That's all there is to it.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Born at a Tom Thumb in the Summer of 1988

In the summer of 1988, I went to Minneapolis to attend what was then called Brown Institute. I went there to learn the cruddy art of radio and television announcing. It never went anywhere.

While I was there, I worked in this Tom Thumb convenience store as a clerk. This was the natural extension of my grocery store skills at the time. I ended up "creating" or developing the Abbott character, which will turn 32 this November 8th.

I'm glad that I finally have a picture of my old store. This is where I started drawing (badly, crudely, and without much success in terms of coming up with something usable). It's still pretty run down and janky, but it's where I learned to deal with all sorts of things.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Reflections on Ditchweed

In the old days, I would do these things on yellow sticky notes. This corresponds to the time I was working in Northern Virginia.

Ditchweed is sort of a rural concern. It's harmless.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Combined Federal Campaign

This is a ten panel campaign that I was commissioned to do for the Combined Federal Campaign, which government workers use to organize their charitable donations. I'm not sure how many people have seen the campaign, but here it is.

no way

Friday, March 13, 2015