I wasn’t trained as a illustrator and certainly had no intention of becoming a cartoonist, but sometimes things happen and you find yourself alone in the dark trying to draw a poodle in a bee costume.
I’m often asked if my cartoons are hand drawn. Since my hand has evolved into a mutant gripper claw, capable only of wrapping itself around a computer mouse or coffee cup, I am forced to create my cartoons on the computer with drawing software. The beauty of the software is it allows me to recycle elements quickly and easily. Once I finalize a character/object/facial expression, I can cut and paste that sucker all over the place.
I recently started the slow journey back in time to redraw some of my older comics. Unfortunately, my improved drawing skills have had little effect on laundry day (or my marriage). Take a look below to see how my updated version compares with the original, which was done in 2012. I think the updated cartoon lacks some of the charm of the original. What do you think?
I drew the original before Harry Haddad came along, so he didn’t appear in the older version:
I still can’t decide which one I prefer, but if I ever want to do a book, the artwork will need to be consistent. One way or another, it looks like there’s going to be a lot of drawing in my future.