An Interesting Learning Experience

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to make comics for a living. I love the medium of sequential story telling and some of my favourite artists and inspirations are from the field of comics.

So, to my surprise, when I was commissioned to work in this medium…..I found out I hated it.

The subject matter was even one of my favourite subjects to illustrate (animals and nature) but the repetitive nature of drawing the same thing time after time, just left me bored and burnt out.

It was a hard lesson to learn at the time, but one I’m truly glad to have experienced as it helped me focus on the type of illustration that I do want to do.

Luckily the project was canceled and I was off the hook – but for those interested, here are a few finished pages from the first chapter including the cover…

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2 Responses to An Interesting Learning Experience

  1. I can really identify with what you’re saying. I was in comics professionally for about three years back in the 90’s when everything was still being done by hand – lettering, etc. No digital shortcuts. It was an indy project and I was the sole creator, and it burnt me out very badly – and it showed in the work by the second or third issue. I have great respect for the company I worked with and the publisher himself, but it was much more difficult, repetitive, etc. than I would have imagined. Lots of good work on this site. I especially enjoy the gouache and pastel pieces.

  2. Hey Jonathan, I didn’t realize that comics were so difficult (just never thought about it). I used to really enjoy reading them as a kid. Anyway, it’s definitely always good to know and hear of others’ fruits of labor and especially so when they have reached a certain plateau in professional achievement.

    Keep up the great work. To me, you are the best animal graphics guy I’ve seen.

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