Jeff Harris: 30 Characters in 30 Days – Final Thoughts of 2011

| November 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

You see all these characters in one place, you feel a sense of pride.

You created 30 characters in 30 days. That’s an accomplishment. I’m actually shocked that I managed to finish the challenge this year and on time too largely because of one obstacle that I didn’t count on:

I didn’t have a scanner. At all.

I didn’t have a tablet either.

The point of a comic character challenge is that it’s a visual medium that I have to work with, and considering I didn’t have either a scanner or a tablet, I was doomed. So, what did I do? I drew with this software called My Paint using a mouse. All of these drawings were scrawled with a click and a push. It was strange, but I got the hang of it. And I did it. Thirty characters drawn with a mouse. I also had a few job assignments I wasn’t counting on at the end of the month that kind of made me do drawing-only posts, which is unfortunate.

But I know one thing. Next year when I do this (if the fates allow, I’ll be back doing this in 2012), I’ll be better prepared with a scanner. But I had fun creating characters and fleshing out a few I’ve had on my mind. To all of you who also did 30 characters in 30 days, I salute you. To those who didn’t, don’t give up and continue to have fun with the medium. To all my fellow storytellers, image-makers, and creators of worlds, create! The world needs many voices beyond the Big Two publishers. There are many stories to tell, so tell them. Write them. Draw them. Create them.

And keep creating.

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  1. Meson says:

    Congratulations on reaching 30. These characters look great. Now, to turn some of these characters into stories.

  2. treyjackson says:

    Congratulations on making with only a mouse! Good stuff. Got here via BFMC and your tumbr, btw. 🙂

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