How to make a Piña Colada

This week’s assignment was to make a comic with a separate storyline in the text than in the images, but to also have some degree of convergence like in Ben Katchor comics–  guess if you needed an non-comics example, it’s like how you can line up that Pink Floyd album with the wizard of Oz and a certain moments the music matches the movie– at least that’s how I decided to understand it.  So everyone was given 10 sentences that someone else in the class wrote on one of 6 topics that I think was intended to be rather mundane.  I got a Pina Colada recipe.  I decided that some kinky whipped cream erotica would match up with a lot of the words…but just showing a lot of butt shots isn’t really a story…unless you direct porn…so I thought of some non-sexy twist that could come of this…

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I did some inking experimenting with the lettering.  I always use a nib, but I thought that the curvy text would be too difficult, and the smaller tex as well, considering how stiff that nib is so I used a brush pen– was not happy with the results, looks super sloppy.  I bought some pilots on amazon, maybe they’ll be better for next time…

Now, my coloring last week turned out to be an epic fail, because it didn’t really add to the meaning of the piece(I disagree somewhat, but the black and white aspects were the focus so I can see why this judgement was made) and now I have crayon all over my scanner still that I’ve tried to clean 3 times to no avail!(I hope some glass cleaner will help).  Anyway, I figured I should attempt some coloring with this piece to redeem myself.  I personally like that “clear line” look but a lot of people would say it’s begging for color.  So I pondered long and hard about how to do this because I’m a poor colorist.  Should I do watercolor and scan it in on another layer?  That would be easier than flatting, and I sure suck a digital modeling…natural varition in tone in watercolor would help with that.  But then I thought about making it grayscale with just the red and the blue to help with the storytelling– the color has to have meaning after all, and I thought an ink wash would look sloppy.

So after I gray scaled it, I thought to give it a warm tone would work better, I used a luscious fabric pattern for the reds, and than white/blue for the climax.  A lot of subtle tinkering that will all go to waste due to variations in computer screens and printers, but on my inkjet(which veers a little to the light side) I thought it turned out OK.

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Would love critique!

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