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Voluntary Work: Knock Knock Joke Comic Strips

The Brief
I recently had a chance to volunteer at a local youth club for young people, I decided to use the session as a way to experiment and create building blocks for my dissertation work. So I worked with the young people to create a comic strip, the challenge was to make a 3 panel comic strip with 2 characters telling a knock knock joke to one another. Now this sounds like an admittedly simple task, boy was I wrong.

Having written and drawn comic books in the past I thought this would be a cake walk for me personally, obviously it was going to be a challenge in that I was walking a group of young people through the process as well but I thought the strip itself was going to be easy. Just as we got started one of young people chirped up and said “But drawing two people just talking to each other is boring”, he was right a lot of us had just drawn 2 people stood talking, very little expression and very little differences in the poses.

The solution to this was to ask the young people draw a sheet of facial expressions that I called out, looking at each other for reference if needed, this was fun as we all spent time drawing and pulling faces at each other. Follpwing this exercise, I challenged the young people to draw stick men in poses that reflected different moods. Taking what we had learnt from these exercises we drew our 3 panels and illustrated the Knock Knock Joke using nothing but stick men with simple expressions. These stick men were then traced over adding more flesh and shape to the two characters, over the top of this drawing we drew over top a more finalised line drawing with black fineliners. To finish the image, we traced over the previous line work once more giving us chance to fix any problems and leaving use with a finished drawing with no messy under-drawing.

My Results
These are the 3 stages of my drawings for the knock knock joke brief. The drawings not my best but it was done alongside teaching a group of young people and helping them out so I don’t mind and overall I’m pleased.

Step 1: Drawing expression with stick men and simple faces


Step 2: Fleshing Out the Characters

Step 3: Finalised Image

Surprising Conclusions
Now despite this being the first of this type of comic strip I had attempted I was confident it was going to be easy, however I had overlooked a lot of things. So I was humbled a little and now have a few personal exercises I want to work on and know more about what I need to develop in the characters in the concept stage.

Facial Expressions: I want to spend some time drawing different types of cartoon faces in lots of different expressions covering a wide range of emotions. Then when the concept of the 2 characters is finalised produce a series of character sheets with the 2 main characters replicating as many of these facial expressions as I can.

Emotive Poses:  Again I want to spend time drawing a few sheets of stick men in different poses then move up to a series of more fleshed out poses all showing a different range of emotions. This to will be done using the finialised characters to make sure they can express these emotions to.

Talking with Hands: Now one of the points made was that 2 people talking to each other is boring to see, which is not entirely true. Seeing 2 very animated people talking to each other you see some very interesting hand gestures used to punctuate and express points. I think some research needs to be done on this and it should lead to more interesting stills of conversation when I come to start drawing the weekly web-comic.

Finally is a drawing I did as a demonstration to a young person showing that you don’t need to good at anatomy to have fun drawing comics. This is a nod back to previous work I had done with single images containing humour and satire.

Two Knights engaged in banter


Final Image – Ashley Wood Style

Below is the final image created in the artistic style of Ashley Wood. The shapes of the bears in this piece are the most different to the original concept drawing this was an attempt to emulate Ashley Woods interesting use of geometric shapes when creating characters. I don’t think it was successful as the legs don’t look strong enough to support the weight of the bears.

In terms of emulating the brush strokes of Ashley Wood I don’t think i was successful either  while the brush strokes are obvious in the painting they are not as prominent as Ashley Wood’s I think this will come with practice and confidence. With practice I wouldn’t get caught up the details but would be able to make confident large brush strokes.

Final Image - Ashley Wood style bears

Final Image - Ashley Wood style bears lines

Final Image – Ben Templesmith

After spending time developing Ben Templesmith’s style with the sketches below I was confident going into this image. S far Ben Templesmith’s style has meshed best with my own and his confident line work and simple colouring has moved into all of my other modules and has been most adopted out of the 3 major artists I have researched. This is why I think the Ben Templesmith’s research has worked out the best.


The final image created was doomed from the get, I couldn’t get the line art to look the way I wanted it to and time restrictions meant I had to move forward regardless. The result is not as good as some of the sketches, the line art is messy and the colours don’t work well together at all.

Here it is warts and all the finished Ben Templesmith piece:

Ben Templesmith Style Final Image

Ben Templesmith Final Bear Lines

Sketches – Ben Templesmith

Below are my own images in which I spent time looking through ‘Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse’ just doodling things that grabbed my attention. I then threw them into Photoshop and tried to digitally add a watercolour painted look. Some of the images I added a photo background as is common in alot of Ben Templesmith’s comic books. Some of the these were more successful than other but overall I am pleased with the results.

The majority of these images are inspired by ‘Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse 5’ ‘It only hurts when i pee’ Part 1

Ben Templesmith style 'Bouncer'

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Ben Templesmith Style 'Crusader'

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Ben Templesmith Style 'Revolutionary Soldier'

Ben Templesmith Style 'Leprachaun'

Assorted Doodles

More Penny Arcade Sketches

Here are some more developed sketches trying to emulate Mike Krahulik’s style. Again pencil/crayon with an Ink brush pen, I hope to get some drawings into PS soon and try his digital Inking style.

Image: Sketch of a cartoon Luchadore

Image: A sketch of an old biker

While this images are looking closer to the Penny arcade style, especially the eyes on the Biker. They still aren’t quite there I am hoping this will all be rectified when they are digitally inked and coloured.

Dissertation Ideas – New Page Added

While my goal of the Pre-production module was not to develop an idea to form the basis of  my dissertation it was to  develop an art-style for which to complete my dissertation in. I have however been inspired bu the research I have completed and started to formulate an idea of what I want to do for it.

Heres a link to a new page I created on the Blog that gives an outline of the idea.

It’s also these characters I will be using when I create the finalised images to help me get a feel for which style I want to use for this future project.

Project Specification

I have put online the specifications for this project here.