It’s been a while, since I last taught my comics class 2 years ago. Well, I’m back in the classroom again and I am drafting a mini comic with my students. Here’s rough sketches of my draft and story in progress.
It has been cut down tremendously from the original script I produced two weeks earlier, when I ambitiously imagined I had plenty of time to sketch all the scenes I imagined.
It was a foggy day at Yosemite when I visited last month. So much so that I was a little worried I wasn’t going to catch a glimpse of Half Dome. I have been told that you could see it from everywhere in the park, but the clouds were so thick that mountain tops remained elusive throughout much of the day.
As we trekked the final mile of our 8 mile hike to Vernal Falls, I exclaimed, “I’m never going to see Half Dome!” My new hiking partner, Rose, heard my fear and with a contagious optimism pulled out these sage words of advice:
“Never say never. Keep your expectations wide open to the possibilities. You never know what the world is going to bring you!”
I knew she was right, and wondered where my own optimism was in that moment.
We continued on the final mile and made our way to the parking lot. As we were exchanging phone numbers and saying our goodbyes, I looked up and noticed the clouds parting, exposing the beautiful rockface of Half Dome in the evening twilight.
I miss playing with clay over the last few months, but playing with snow will do!
I’m thinking that this Lil’ Girl snow(wo)man counts in the same way ice sculpture would.
As I was building her, I realized that I was getting my need met to make something with my hands–something beyond drawing.
Lil’ Snow Girl brings things full circle.
Flashback to 3 years ago when I was taking my first ceramics class 3 years ago, we had a lesson on making snowmen. It was close to the holidays, so what else would we make? I decided to turn a snowman into the character I used to draw when I took a cartooning class in high school. Lil’ Girl in the making!
After putting a head, hair, a snow hat, and a smile on my first snowman, turned snowgirl, my instructor, the amazing KellySue Robinson of Clayopatra Arts, suggested I make the whole figurine of my original character.
Originally, the snowman was a clay girl, and now the girl is a snowman!
Lil Snowgirl with (stuffed) animal friends at Crater Lake, OR
The next series of cartoons is inspired by my week with the real little people in my life–my niece, nephew, and little sister.
fun on the swings
We had run our errands for the day and it was clear that the kids were antsy and likely to be bouncing off the walls for the next few hours if there wasn’t an intervention and soon. As we drove back into the suburban neighborhood, my sister said, “Let’s go to the park to get the crazy train out of these kids.” I understood the consequences of saying no and was all in. As soon as the doors of the mini-van opened, the little ones started their run for the swings.
“WAIT! WATCH FOR CARS!”
Within less than a minute they had their butts on a swing and were in full character.
James was competitive and let us know about his mad swing-set skills.
“Look how high I can go!”
Madi was all about connection and, despite her mad swinging skills, asked for help.
“Aunt Riki, will you push me?”
It didn’t take long before I joined the kids in flying back and forth through the air. I forgot how much fun it is to just play for the day.