This comic was inspired by a co-worker who was attempting to catapult his whistle clear across the pool. He got as far as the lifeguard stand which was only about 15 feet away, but it wasn’t a total loss because the idea made it into a comic strip. It’s amazing how friends will perform crazy stunts once they know there’s a chance of it being recorded on paper. All I said was something along the lines of, “Local lifeguard hits swimmer with whistle,” and our wheels started spinning. Since he knew about the comic strip I drew and was a fan of it as well, he not only encouraged me to draw it, but came up with the outline and dialog for each panel. All I really had to do was illustrate it and bring it to life. I guess my work just got easier.
I finished my next to last semester and though I only had two classes it felt like I was doing a bit more. Math is a subject that I am pretty good at, however, I never really applied myself before. So, returning to it was like building a jigsaw puzzle with multiple formulas--some things I remembered and other things were completely forgotten. Fortunately, I had an instructor that explained how to utilize the formulas as well as how to understand the functions. My art class was a breeze, but like every other class, it required time out of class. And art requires a great deal of time and effort. I found that finding time to complete projects was my biggest challenge. The pictures below are part of my final project, and though this isn't a Halloween blog, the reduced value charcoal portrait sure does make it seem that way. Reduced value charcoal means that all values are minimized or reduced to three shades: black, white and gray. This art project confirmed something I have always known. I am downright scary!