I received Runner-Up #2 at the Blown Cover Contest with this sketch.
Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman wrote:
I’m grateful for this image. Ella German did a lovely Sendak wild thing gay marriage image last week – she clearly knows how to capture that “aww” moment.
Aww, I’m grateful for their comments!
Kids who live without a parent — be it due to military service, divorce, tragedy or jail time — have always tugged at my heartstrings. I wish every little kid out there could physically touch their daddies this Father’s Day.
My image came about from this doodle that I chose as most promising of my idea notes.
My initial concept had the father reaching toward the screen, as well as the kid. But when I adding the kid’s drawing to the image, I thought it would be overkill. Now I kind of wish I had kept it…
Here’s my full-size pencil sketch.
I printed it light, and quickly tested some colors with markers and pen, assuming I would do a second print for my final. But I was hit over the head with happy, and pleased enough to fill it up and call it done. I’m proud of myself for completing an image that’s still a sketch. It still amazes me how much the color and shading add to the emotion.
I love this contest because it forces me out of my comfort zone. I’m forced to work quick and be okay with a looseness I normally try to control.