It was almost 20 years ago when she was three. I wanted to work on a comic strip and decided that the fun adventures of my daughter would not only make a pretty good comic strip, but would also serve as a great way to save those precious moments of Stasha for me and Shelly, my ex-wife, and for Stash when she got older.
I called it Little Bumblo for reasons that you will see in a minute.
|I know this seems too cute to be true but Shelly told me it really happened. And why would she lie about it?|
|You can see the blue pencil I used in the last panel. Pros often used blue pencil to layout comics because it didn't show up in the photos, it didn't reproduce.|
|As you can see from the big trees, this happened in a giant sequoia state park.|
|This is one of my favorite strips because of how the picture on the wall comes alive. It's a picture of the Baroque composer Telemann who I was doing a comic about at the time.|
|Shelly was forever finding stray animals. At this time it was a cat who had babies. I have no idea where they all went. This is the strip that I got the most response from. It was even printed in a local paper.|
|Stashi's face in the third panel is one of my favorite pictures of the bunch. I think it really came out great.|
That's all for the finished strips. Here are some sketches I did of Stash, Shelly and me to prepare for the strips.
|Whenever I do a strip I start out with sketches to get an idea about how I want it to look. Here i play with faces for Stash. You can see the Little Orphan Annie influence in the eyes which I really enjoyed at that time. Yes that's me at the top.|
|This is studies of my Shelly. I was looking for a simplified way to draw her and yet still capture her likeness. That second one was taken from a photo of when Stash was a baby.|
|Here you can see the sketches leading up to the finished picture. I really enjoy the dolls head in the second panel. I think I did a good job recreating it in the final version.|
And for the final one I will include a strip that is a little more risque but that I really enjoy.