Dogs Love Bacon is a comic about my rescue dogs, a Pomeranian and a Cojack Spaniel (Corgi-Jack Russel mix). As I mentioned in my earlier post on Bored Panda, the cartoon was launched towards the end of 2020 to make people smile.
I’d like to share some new comics that I’ve created as the adventures continue and my dogs continue to add spice and fun to my life!
My comics begin with an idea that is rapidly storyboarded in simplified stick figures on a scrap of paper. I try to do this as soon as I have a thought because I can lose it just as quickly. For me, having a basic idea is the most vital element of the process since without it, I can’t move further. As a result, I constantly have scrap paper and ideas in my pockets•
I’ll sketch the comic in blue graphite, then ink it with micron pens, using the storyline as a guide. I can scan the photographs into Photoshop for cleaning, color, and text after deleting the graphite. Despite the fact that I could draw on my tablet, I’ve always loved the tactile sensation of paper.
I normally create while watching video game playthroughs on an iPad next to me. The music keeps me motivated, and a quick glimpse at the images is enough to take my eyes away from the task at hand. It also helps me organize my time, as I enjoy video games but don’t have the time to play them all.
Because I don’t have a predetermined number of panels for my comics, the amount of time I spend on each one varies greatly. My shortest comics have been 4 panels, and my longest comic has been 9 panels, which occurred because I detailed the narrative of Thor eating part of a pie tin and didn’t want people to wonder if he was okay until the following week. If I can stay focused, I spend an hour or two drawing, another hour or two inking, then 3-5 hours in Photoshop.
Over the years, I’ve struggled a lot with creative block. I recently emerged from a decade-long dry spell brought on by my rotating shift job and a hostile workplace. I was unable to produce anything and felt progressively frustrated as I attempted to do so. I’ve heard some artists compare their creativity to a fruit tree, with growth and rest cycles that must be observed. Using the same analogy, my creative “tree” could not thrive unless it was relocated to a more suitable, less hazardous environment.
As I began to feel better, I wanted to make a positive comic that I could keep up with my job schedule. Taz and Thor were always great lights in my life, and there was always fun and laughter.
Dogs Love Bacon is the kind of comic I think I’ll be able to keep going for a long time, so I’m working on it with that in mind. Due to my employment and its demanding schedule, I must be careful not to overextend myself for the time being, but I am looking forward to releasing a website for Dogs Love Bacon in the near future and working on some other supporting materials to go along with it.