For this assignment, I chose to illustrate some personal lies in the form of comics. The lies I tell myself are actually somewhat serious things that I’m struggling with, but by illustrating them as comics it makes them a little bit lighter and easier to face. I mostly looked to Ida Eva Neverdahl for inspiration. A few of my comics were made using different methods, as a sort of experiment into which method I liked the best
My 4 lies
“I have everything under control.”
As a college student, I often find myself trying to juggle school with work, sports, and my personal life. Often times I really do have my life under control but sometimes one thing comes along and knocks everything out of balance and everything goes crazy.
I created this comic by first hand drawing it then tracing/coloring it in Adobe Illustrator. Next I imported it, along with PNG files of flames and smoke, to Adobe Photoshop. I then used the create timeline feature to animate the flames and smoke then exported it as a video.
“I never get stressed”
This lie ties closely to the previous one. When things get out of control in my life I often find myself struggling to catch up after I lose control of everything. Consequently, I end up stressing out like crazy. I tend to tell people I don't stress much for some reason, but I definitely do.
This comic was sketched up by hand then traced and colored in Adobe Illustrator.
“I know where my life is going”
At this age, people always ask what I’m going to do when I graduate. I have had a million different answers to that question throughout the years because the truth is I don’t know. It’s just hard because when someone asks me a question like that I feel like I have to have an answer for it.
This comic was also sketched up by hand then traced and colored in Adobe Illustrator.
“I have no regrets”
I’ve noticed myself saying this a lot recently and not really thinking about it. On the surface I don’t have any major regrets because at the end of the day I’m happy and I love the life I live but I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff in the past.
This comic was drawn on Adobe Illustrator. If I end up making more comics like this I probably won't try this again in the future. I struggled a lot with trying to “free hand” on my computer, and I think it shows in the illustration. It looks more rigid and less stylized then the other comics.
“I’m generally a happy person”
I’m really grateful for my ability to look on the bright side of things and almost always be in a good mood. Even when I’m stressed, even when things seem crazy, I’m always able to take a deep breath and put a smile on my face.
This comic was made like a stop motion. I drew the original version by hand, traced it in Illustrator, then made several copies of it, and moved each one a tiny bit. I imported all of the images into premiere pro and made it into a little video.