Recently, I gave my 7-year-old daughter one of my old Kuretake brush pens to experiment with, and she decided to draw her own comic strip with it. Just like her old man, she sketched it out in pencil, then inked over the lines with her new pen. I scanned it into Photoshop for her, but she used the program to color it all by herself with only a brief tutorial. She’ll often watch me color Retail in Photoshop, all the while asking questions about what I’m doing, so it shouldn’t surprise me how intuitive it was to her.
Above is her creation. It features an anthropomorphic hot dog and a turtle, and is appropriately named “Turtle Dog”. When she showed it to me I joked that she was half way to a web comic, but she didn’t get it. She had trouble with the detail inking on the turtle, so she decided to cover her mistakes by portraying him in silhouette – which I thought displayed true cartoonist instincts.
Daringly, she chose to be avant-garde and ignore the left to right word balloon rules, so I’ll translate the order for you:
HOT DOG: “I wish my girlfriend didn’t dump me.”—HOT DOG: “I don’t know why.”TURTLE: “Dump her!”—HOT DOG: “No!”TURTLE: “Figure it out.”—GIRLFRIEND: “Hey! I’m his girlfriend, Turtle!”
The cutest thing about this was that after she showed it to me, she asked me what it meant. Somehow she understood that the concept of getting “dumped” by one’s girlfriend was prime comedy material, but had no real idea what she was talking about … again, showing true cartoonist instincts.
I especially like how she signed her name in the last panel. Kids are awesome.