Monday, April 21, 2008

End of an era...

Well, sort of. I've made the not so painful decision to stop using screen tones in my cartoon "Working It Out." I started doing that 6 years ago when I started the panel. But due to the time restraints of drawing two cartoons I've decided to go without it. I'd been wrestling with that decision for months but in the end it seemed unnecessary. I will continue to to use screen tones in "Cafe Con Leche."

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

CCL comes to life

So, it's been about a year now since I launched my cartoon "Cafe con Leche." I must admit this cartoon was very difficult to draw at first because it was new territory for me. Before then I was comfortable drawing my single-panel cartoon "Working It Out," now I had to switch gears and draw a three-to-four panel comic strip. Besides that, the subject matter was tough because I had to draw upon real life experiences of an inter-racial relationship.
Things are a bit better now. The cartoon really has taken a life of its own. Instead of relying on my life experiences, the main characters have developed into their own personalities. I decided to focus more on the relationship side of Maria and Trey instead of purely stressing their racial differences.
I used to dread coming up with ideas for Cafe Con Leche, but now it's kinda fun. I find myself watching a lot of relationship sitcoms that I wouldn't normally watch like Everybody Loves Ray, Till Death, etc. It's been fun so far, now if I can just get some newspapers to pick it up.