I grew up with reading novels, short stories and the newspaper. But I was also really into comics. Not the Marvel ones, but more Garfield, Calvin&Hobbes, Betty & Veronica, and whatever the newspaper’s comic section had.
I never thought much about comics other than how incredibly entertaining and clever they were. Recently I nosedived into a sea of Calvin&Hobbes’ adventures just in time for a digital illustration workshop I’d signed up for a month ago.
I wasn’t terribly keen on taking up a “new” hobby after splurging on paint materials—my painting probably hasn’t dried and I’m already running with glee across a sunflower field onto my next creative project—but I did just that.
Run by a cool, young local illustrator, the illustration+reflection workshop was a good start for someone like me, i.e. non-drawer, to learn how to draw more than a stick figure. I learnt about different face shapes, character outfits, facial expressions and poses—all of these done almost barebones-like to allow the character to be easily replicated. This way, more thought can be placed into telling a meaningful story.
I am reminded that it doesn’t take a lot to tell a story. You just need to have something to say. In this case, all I needed was a character to call my own and some words from the heart.