Saturday, February 21st, 2015
What on earth is happening here? Do these images spark something for you? Get your creative gears spinning? Here is a chance for us to work together a make a short story. Remember that book The Snowman? I don’t know about you, but I loved adding my own words to that narrative, or hearing my parents add theirs, and creating a completely new story every time it was read. That’s the idea here.
Last year I began a challenge with my friend Jonathan to draw a panel a day for 30 days. Life got in the way, and we both agreed our time was better spent focusing on our respective books, but not before I got 13 panels completed. I didn’t have any story in mind when I started, I just opened a blank document, and let a drawing emerge. The story? Well, that’s where you come in.
If you are up for it, I challenge you to add the words to complete this story. Read through the following 13 panels and see what ideas come to you. Let yourself get crazy. Have fun. Jot down some notes if it’s helpful. When you’re ready, you can complete the challenge by filling out a relatively simple form. If I get some submissions, I will add the text into the story, put your name down as the writer, and share the finished product online. I’m hoping that we will get a few stories, maybe even lots, and can see the different ways that different brains connect the dots. It should be fun!
Here’s one other thing, a bonus, if you will. If you WANT, I’m offering to add one final panel to make your story especially original. Simply fill out the details for the optional Panel 14 on the form, and I’ll draw it and add it to your final comic. Sound good?
Boom, just like that, you wrote your very own comic. Didn’t think you could cross that off your bucket list, did you?
Alright, below are the panels, and where you’re ready, the form to complete is here. (I’ll take submissions through February.)
Fill out the story here! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at breena [dot] bard [at] gmail [dot] com.
(The fine print… This project is just for fun! Any submissions given with permission will be published online, but will not be sold or used for monetary gain. Breena Bard retains the rights to all imagery. It’s at Breena’s discretion to disqualify any submission that is found to be offensive or inappropriate (racist, sexist, unnecessarily vulgar, etc) so let’s keep things fun.)
Monday, January 19th, 2015
I swear I don’t usually get this worked up about a game.
Also, too, though, this is the first comic I did on my new Surface Pro! And it’s in color!
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
It’s the dawn of a new era! I recently bit the bullet and bought a Surface Pro 3, and loaded it with Manga Studios 5. Can I get a WOOP!? I’m pretty excited. HOWEVER – the reality of the learning curve has hit me over the past few days as I’m playing around. With every new tool we must invest hours of time learning and training in their proper use, but dang, I just want to bust some moves! I did the above sketch pretty quickly (I mean, considering I’m at the bottom of said learning curve right now) if only to have a point of reference, 6 months from now, when I can look back and chuckle at my newb-dom. The brushes used above are the ones that come straight outta the box, and I have to say, I really miss my Kyle Webster Photoshop brushes! These MS brushes are nice and blendy, and mix color on paper the way you never could with actual watercolor, which is kind of fun to mess with, but I miss the texture and true-to-life handling of Kyle’s brushes. Of course you can customize the MS brushes to your heart’s content, but I’m looking forward to scoring some of these Frenden brushes I hear so much about. Why reinvent the wheel? Anyway, I’ll post samples along the way, and maybe even get around to drawing some more comics with this thing! Or at least some fan art… I’m overdue on some fan art. Batman!
Friday, September 5th, 2014
Read ’em all. It’s Friday, you know you don’t want to do actual work!
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
I’ve been sitting on these for a couple months now, but I’m ready to put them out there! Now available for the first time in print – here are the first three chapters of my latest graphic novel Trespassers! This is a very limited release: there are only 12 sets available. Each set includes the first three chapters, each with a hand lettered, saddle-stitched cover. 54 pages total, black and white, all ages. $10 per set, includes domestic shipping. Thank you for your support!
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Was thinking about drawing some comics based on memories of riding the school bus as a kid. Also been playing around with Kyle Webster’s “Copier” brushes. They’re fun!
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Well, I’ve been doing some fan art. Partly it’s because my brother is loaning me his Cintiq, partly it’s because I snagged Kyle T. Webster’s wonderful digital watercolor brushes, and partly it’s because I saw a whole bunch of really great movies in the last few months (and the return of Portlandia) and figured it would be good practice to put my spin on those characters. I post these immediately on twitter if you want to follow along (also tumblr) although I’ll probably share them here and my illustration site in batches too. If you’re not sharing content in at least 10 places on the internet you aren’t sharing content at all!
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Folks, today is the 5 year anniversary of Easel Ain’t Easy, and this here is the 500th comic! I realize the Myers Briggs joke might be a little obscure if you’re not a nerd about personality tests, but personally I think it’s the perfect way to round out the first 500. (You can figure out your Myers Briggs with this test, then come back and this comic might be funnier.)
I’m not going to blabber on and on about how much this project has challenged me, but I will say an enormous THANK YOU to all of you who have read and shared these over the years. This comic wouldn’t be nearly as fun if I didn’t have amazing family, friends, and fans to receive my comic transmissions, so thank you for your support and participation. To those in my life who have become characters here, you are incredibly good natured and I appreciate each of you. Most especially I want to thank my husband Zech. He came into this comic around the 1 year point and it has only gotten better for all his jokes, insights, and handsome mugging. Our cat Charlie was a pretty good addition too (for the record I’d guess he’s a more tempermental ISFP.)
What’s next? Well, quite a bit hopefully. I’ll keep drawing these comics, and maybe some longer “memoir” comics. Hopefully a print version of the first 5 years will be around the corner. I continue to work on my second graphic novel (I’m three chapters into illustrating at this point). I’ve got my illustration site up and running, so feel free to throw a job my way. And I’m working on one other collaborative project that I’m excited to unveil, but not quite yet. A cartoonist has to keep a little mystery around her, after all.
For old time’s sake, here’s the comic that started it all 5 years ago. You can read the rest in the archive.
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Monday, February 3rd, 2014