A Squeaky New Update

My About Me page just got a fresh new coat of paint, so I’d recommend heading on over there if you want to spot this squeaky swordsman among the colorful new collages.

A lovely mouse musketeer provided from https://www.flickr.com/photos/27640054@N08/4527191830

When reworking my literacy narrative, I wanted to create visuals which grabbed readers’ attentions by being bright, bold, and, if I may be so bold, bemusing. Yet there was one small obstacle in my way: the fact that I am not the best of drawers, and cannot convey with a mere pencil and paper my ludicrous ideas sprung from my peculiar imagination. As such, I intermixed my simple stick-figure sketches with several “comic collages,” which I created by throwing a bunch of free-to-use internet images together. Making a digital footprint requires both eye-catching spectacles and a unique identity, and hopefully my use of silly sketches and ridiculous photo-mashups provides an interesting means of telling my story.

An example of an “explosive” collage

While these collages may seem to be mostly haphazard mashes that took little thought towards staging and framing, I actually did a good bit of planning these out before sitting down at the computer to edit. For instance, all moments of me making positive progress towards my goal of enjoying some books show me moving visually from the left to the right. Meanwhile, whenever some trouble strikes and I lose some love for reading, the agent of detriment or I move right to left. Even though none of my images appear side by side one another, I still wanted the momentum of progress and regression to be consistent throughout the comic.

The old me was quite the harsh critic.

I kept a couple of the images that, when reviewed by my peers in class, garnered favorable reviews and were more easy to understand. One of those, the “Stream of Consciousness” sketch, was run through a photo-editor effect to give a dreamy, watery flow that fits with the subject. This wasn’t something I planned to do beforehand, but rather I stumbled across the effect while cropping it and decided it would serve my story well.

Jewel is indubitably the best character of As I Lay Dying. For all the Darl fans, I’m sorry.

One of the cool aspects of this whole “comic collage” method is how it forces you to be somewhat adaptable towards your original artistic vision. Multiple times throughout this narrative’s creation, I would search for images online to fulfill whatever ideas I had in my head only to find out that no such image exists (at least among those of the public domain). As such, I’d have to select one which, while not my first choice, would either work just as well or even better. For instance, that little clay mouse from earlier was stumbled upon when I couldn’t find a quality non-copyrighted image of the film adaptation of Despereaux, and quite frankly, the clay one is funnier to look at and much more adorable.

Zoom!

Putting these collages together are almost like assembling the pieces of a puzzle, trying to find the right images to work in each panel, a lengthy process in attempting to create the best version possible. Admittedly, it does take a good bit of time, and sometimes a simple drawing would suffice, but I’d like to think the clarity and color gained make it worth the struggle.

The struggle

All in all, I’m very pleased with my colorful comic collages, for they help my life stuff story come to life! And the pun in that previous sentence was most definitely intended.

A Long List of So Many Sources for My Comic Collages:

http://clipart-library.com/clip-art/sign-transparent-background-1.htm

http://pngimg.com/download/2112

https://publicdomainvectors.org/en/free-clipart/Cartoon-thought-bubble-vector-image/7276.html

https://pixabay.com/illustrations/lightning-bolt-lightning-bolt-mp-1203953/

https://www.maxpixel.net/Stacked-Book-Stack-Books-Book-Literature-3342628

https://www.needpix.com/photo/86601/stick-man-people-standing-pec-stick-stick-figure-man-person

https://www.needpix.com/photo/93108/walking-hiking-stickman-stick-figure-matchstick-man-man

https://www.pexels.com/photo/construction-wreck-wreckage-395928/

Tales of Desperaux

https://www.needpix.com/photo/56632/biplane-airplane-oldtimer-yellow-fly-pilot-sky-plane

https://pixabay.com/vectors/stickman-stick-figure-matchstick-man-151356/

https://www.needpix.com/photo/download/854542/book-paper-text-textbook-tome-free-vector-graphics-free-pictures-free-photos-free-images

https://www.netclipart.com/isee/wTTbho_nuclear-bomb-blast-png-transparent-background-explosion-png/

Editing was done using the PicsArt app and befunky photo editor.

Baked Goods

I am proud of this tale of one enraged customer, but I must admit that coming up with an idea for this quadriptych was a bit more challenging than my triptych. I think this pertains to how easily a triptych can set up a pattern-based subversion of expectations, and the quadriptych’s extra panel would mess up such a joke’s “flow.” Because of this four-panel-box requirement, I had to think a bit outside the box.

After much aimless contemplation, I finally decided on homonym miscommunication as the basis of my comic. Finding the images was not too challenging, but having to slowly zoom in just enough to reveal the “Now Serving Mousse” sign by the third panel presented a bit of difficulty, yet I prevailed after numerous screenshot-crop failures.

To differentiate between the two voices in the comic, I decided to use a bold, all-caps font and sharp-angled speech bubbles for the angry moose and a scratchy scrawl and rounded bubble for the waiter. I had the moose face outwards at the end to give a sense of closure to his movement (as opposed to facing into the comic), and I allowed for the “Mousse” part of the sign to peek out from under his antlers in case readers miss it in the third panel.

All in all, I’m happy with how my comic turned out and look forward to creating more.

Sources:

https://radiopaedia.org/cases/speech-bubble-signhttp://www.downloadclipart.net/browse/17188/speech-bubble-clipart https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighton/94966306/ https://pixabay.com/de/illustrations/icon-klein-isoliert-front-cafe-4423853/