Cartoon: Bedtime prayers

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This is the start of a project I’m working on for a family member.   It’s a children’s book centered around a conversation between a boy and God. 

My cartoon Jesus looks like Tommy Chong in a bathrobe and tevas.   It’s difficult to draw “god.”  So instead I’m going to use some digital tricks to simulate a voice from heaven and to do that I need the help of adobe illustrator.   I WILL master Adobe Illustrator.  I will.  I really will.  But this weekend I won’t.  This weekend I’m going to goof off and paint.  It’s a welcome break from vector graphics, picas, points and artboards. 

First: canvas (black marker on pencil).  I’m using the canson canva-paper.  The big ‘un (16×20). 

Second: COLOR (acrylic paint).  The saltine cracker box is a perfect size for paint brushes.  I have a fancy paintbrush storage container but I don’t use it.  I have a fancy paint mixer too but usually opt for  foam & wax lined disposable plates and clear bottomed tupperware.  Last night I thought this was my best work of all time.   In hindsight I realize, after sharing a few drinks with good friends I believe that about everything.

Last (and my fav part) FINAL INK!!!  Prismacolor black marker fine tip.  It seems to soak into the acrylic canvas and cover better than the wedge tip side or sharpie.   I tried a calligraphy pen just for the hell of it but that didn’t work out well.  The ink was awesome but the square tip was yekky.

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