I'm not sure this qualifies as a mini-comic but it is a mini-book. And it puts to rest that false chestnut that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Click on the graphic for a link to the PDF on Dropbox.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
What lessons have we all learned from 2020, the year that exceeded everyone's expectations of how bad things could get. To be honest, I never thought it got so very bad, maybe because I always image how much more worse it could be.
That said, there are still life lessons that can be gleaned from this year, and I thought I'd use my current interest in kawaii to highlight what those lessons might be in comic form. Some more serious than others. I present them below for your review.
|It's nice to feel needed!|
|Sometime things stink. And that's OK!|
|You can be both strong and fragile.|
|Sometimes life looks like a chessboard...|
|Even a nut like me...|
|Know your rights!|
|A good idea...|
|Love is a mug of hot tea!|
|Are emojis up to the challenge?|
|No one said there would be math!|
|Too much perspective?|
|I know it is here somewhere!|
|Wait. We were supposed to plan?|
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Ever since I subscribed to The Pheonix weekly comic I've been a big fan of the Squid Bits segment and its author/illustrator Jess Bradley. First off, Squid Bits is hilariously funny. But also, like many of the artists I enjoy and admire, Jess's style seems simple but belies a skill with lines that few can match.
So, of course, I figured I'd try.
One of Jess's many books is Draw Kawaii in 5 Simple Steps from Sterling Children's Books. I bought a copy and decided to try my hand at recreating the kawaii characters in the book with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, since my hand drawing is atrocious.
Below are a number of the "very serious STEM comics" I made following the examples and steps in the book. I've been posting them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and tagging them as #STEM-ish because of their dubious science content. Eventually I'll get back to doing my own doodles, but this is a fun way to connect with an illustrator whose work I admire.
|Ghosts (No STEM content at all!)|
|Cacti & Succulents|
|I like big hearts!|
|The price of love|
Friday, August 28, 2020
The airctopus is a non-existent creature that I doodled one day at work and eventually used as a form of creative procrastination. I made up little facts about the airctopus, its habits, behavior, etc. and posted them to social media. I did all this when I should have been writing more stories. But it was fun, and was kind of like writing little stories so I'm not going to feel bad about it. In fact, I'm telling myself it was good practice! I am however not asking myself what exactly it was good practice for.
So here are all my procrastination social media posts gathered together in one blog post. Not necessarily in order.#amprocrastinating"
Monday, May 11, 2020
For some reason I decided to video (and post to YouTube) myself reading Francis S. Poesy's A Rather Round Alphabet. Maybe during the lock down parents and teachers will be able to use it to teach their kids how not to make YouTube videos. Enjoy!
A Rather Round Alphabet by Francis S. Poesy as read by Tim C.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
The KidLit community is showing up with bells on during all the social distancing and self-isolation called for because of the Corona virus with all kinds of great book readings, talks, and activity sheets. So, far be it from me to not hop on this fun band wagon. I am periodically posting a page from my alphabet book, A Rather Round Alphabet, on Twitter here:
Also, I'm making the PDF of the self-published book available for your reading/printing pleasure. I'm not expecting a huge response as I'm not a well-known name but I figure I should do what I can. If there is any response, I may start a collaborative effort to write and illustrate the other books I thought of doing in this vein, A Totally Triangular Alphabet and A Simply Square Alphabet. We'll see what happens. Until then, feel free to download the PDF of A Rather Round Alphabet here:
Friday, February 28, 2020
I recently became a member of Second State Press in Philadelphia and took their Quick & Dirty Screen Printing class. The above picture shows one of the quick & dirty two-color screen prints I made during the four hour class, featuring a couple of my 2-Bit Overlord sprites. The instructor, Ash Limés, was engaging, patient, and very knowledgeable. The class was tons of fun, I met a great bunch of fellow art makers, and I can't wait to schedule some time for a new project.
Now I just have to decide what that project is. I have so many ideas, including printing a mini-picture book!