A comic page from pencil to color

One of my favorite things is seeing a project transform from the first sketch into the final colorful object.  I love getting lost in the process from beginning to end!

This comic page started with the Doodle a Day Challenge at The Wanderers (the fantastic Facebook page of Theresa Williams where she chronicles her ideas for her own comic and nurtures a community of creativity – check it out here).  The idea had been brewing in my brain for a while to write a story about a little girl who is able to go into a dream realm called Mirror where she meets her spirit animal, a giant squirrel, and then catches the attention of a nightmare beast.  (This is actually the back story/childhood adventures of a character in a much larger story that’s been growing in my head for a very long time.)

So I doodled the first page of this story.

Page 1 of The Adventures of Cricket and Mateo

After I continued the story a bit in some other doodles, I drew the first page a second time, bigger, clearer and edited a bit along the way. I find redrawing allows for better definition and editing than tracing.  It takes a little longer, but so far, I think it is worth it.  Then I inked it.

Redrawn, bigger, and clearer.
Redrawn, bigger, and clearer.

And last, I colored it with the enthusiasm of any small child sitting with a coloring book and surrounded by markers!

The first page of a short comic about the back story of Persephone Carrington and her childhood adventures.
The first page of a short comic about the back story of Persephone Carrington and her childhood adventures.

It was fantastically fun.  I can’t wait to do some more!  I will be posting ideas and some random pages from the comics I’m drawing and writing here under the Comics in Progress tab.  So check back to see what’s new!

Published by Sara

Sara Kear is an artist and yoga teacher living in Perrysburg, Ohio along the muddy and beautiful Maumee River. In her art she works with mixed metals in intricate hand cut and fabricated jewelry designs. Images in her work include nature, animals and mythological subjects. She came to yoga to help with her anxiety and depression and believes the movement, meditation and breathing practices aided her in finding both calm and joy in her life. Certified with a RYT-200 from Ashaya Yoga, her classes combine alignment based techniques, breath work and meditation with compassion and humor.

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