I can’t even remember how but going back over a year now a friend of a friend contacted me about illustrating a comic as a gift for her fiancee. Much like all things that aren’t happening in the immediate future I agreed to it without really thinking. That was my first mistake.
The cover I was never massively happy with, not the illustration but the print. It came out so dark in comparison to my artwork. I was generally pretty happy with the illustration I did for it.
In truth, I don’t draw that much these days, and when I do I’m never particularly happy with where my skills are at. I was way better back in college but then again I was drawing every single day.
The scale of the task soon became apparent that I wasn’t really just drawing 6 or 7 frames for a single page that would be printed and put in a frame – this was closer to 30 cells, which is a very small comic but still a huge amount of work to take on in your spare time. Fortunately I didn’t have to do any of the words.
Anyway, here’s a few photos from what I eventually created. There are maybe a few on the whole that I’m happy with, the rest could have been better given more time but this was a black hole of a job anyway and the last thing I wanted was to commit more time to it.
I never really knew how to charge for this job, it probably clocked in at about 40 hours or so which at my normal rate would have been a huge amount. In the end I did it for free telling myself I would never take on the job of drawing a comic again.
So there it is, lesson learned on that one. Never agree to draw a comic for anyone.