May 3, 2013

I wrote it, you made it: Cartoons I Didn’t Draw

A couple months ago, I posted some ideas for cartoons I wanted to draw but didn’t, for lack of time or (more likely) talent.

Since the internet is an amazing place, I received some absolutely fantastic responses from people who made my cartoon ideas real. And some of these people are actual working illustrators whose work you may have seen elsewhere. I’m humbled.

First, Sean Chen, who drew Iron Man for several years along with dozens of other Marvel titles, sent me this:

Awesome. I couldn’t believe how much work he did to illustrate something I just typed on my computer. This must be how Brian Michael Bendis feels.

Sean thought it would be fun to see how some of his fellow artists would take on the same concept as a creative challenge, so he passed it around. So next I got this take from Bernard Chang, who currently draws Green Lantern Corps and has a long history with DC comics:

The gator’s face in the rear view mirror is subtle. Click the image to see it big.

So awesome.

The next one comes from Gregg Schigiel, who both writes and draws for companies including DC, Marvel, Nick, Disney, Comedy Central, etc., and who notes that he wishes he spent more than 15 minutes on it:

Completely unrelated to Sean’s challenge to his artist friends, I got another take on the same idea from Ben Reinhardt:

Even though I listed 10 different comic ideas, all the above artists took on the same one. I only got one submission from anyone who tried one of the other ideas. This came from someone named Sam Saper:

Those are all awesome, and I’m totally humbled that such great talent went into making my silly ideas into art. I could never have drawn as well as any of the above people. If anyone wants to try their own hand at the “gator” comic or any of the others I couldn’t draw, feel free to send them and I’ll do a followup Part II.