I’m enjoying the format of Monday-Saturday as either a theme or continuing story, so I’ve been choosing one of the ideas from my ‘idea morgue’ to start the week (as the ‘disrupted flock of honkers’ strip above), and then riffing on the idea throughout the week. I’m also concurrently working on interior illustrations for another book project (more on this later), and I’m hoping that next week I’ll have a little more time so I can launch the ‘Mose Goes Walkies’ official website, and work on some of the ‘extras’ for my Patreon subscribers.
Also coming up this month, I’ll be receiving a “Distinguished Alumni Award” from my high school alma mater, so I’ll be sure and write a post about that. Stay Tuned.
With this week’s strips, I hope to complete a full week of continuous storyline (last week I managed 5 days, with a different topic on Monday). I was inspired by the above strip (for which I had help with the idea from my wife), thinking about how our dog was so excited when we were packing for our camping trip, and then his disappointment at arriving at the kennel. Then when I picked him up on Monday, something happened to inspire me to continue with the “Mose in the Kennel” storyline for the rest of the week.
I started this week with a strip idea based on my actual walking experience on Friday (drizzle, above), but then on Tuesday began exploring an idea that came to me last week involving my wife (known as ‘YelloCarLady’ in the strip), who had made a previous appearance a few weeks ago. The rest of the week I’ve decided to try my hand at my first ‘strip sequence’, and continue the story through to Saturday, linking it together with another unrelated strip idea that occurred to me last week (with a linking concept that came to me yesterday afternoon). We attended a music festival in the Upper Peninsula on Friday Saturday and Sunday, so a good portion of this series had to be completed ahead of time for posting remotely. The color Sunday strip (at the bottom) was inspired by our music festival experiences in the past.
This week’s strips for ‘Mose Goes Walkies’. Trying another ‘theme week’ inspired by our recent camping/music gathering that we attended last weekend. All the strips can be found on our Patron site, as well as rough sketches and other extras (where you can join for a mere $3 to become part of our ‘members only club’).
Above are the strips for the week of July 1-16, and then, for the color Sunday strip, I decided to draw the comic on my bathroom wall using chalk (we recently renovated the downstairs 1/2 bath, and painted the upper part of the room in black chalkboard paint, and supply chalk for visitors to decorate the walls). When I started the comic, it was my intention to leave myself open to experimentation, especially with regards to the medium and style.
The strip above is one I’ve done early for next Sunday, as I’ll be away at a music festival this weekend.
I’ve created a Patreon Page for “Mose Goes Walkies” as a way of supporting my cartooning habit. Ever since I was 10 years old, I’ve wanted to be a cartoonist. I’ve compromised over the years, working as a graphic artist, then as an illustrator for more than 3 decades, but as I’ve only got five more working years (give or take) left in me, I’ve decided to pour a lot more energy into achieving this goal. I am still very new to this, and hope to improve with repetition.
I’d like to reassure my illustration clients, that I am still accepting commissions and will be giving 100% of my energy and creativity to whatever future projects come my way, however you will be seeing a lot more of Mose around here.