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Rehab Exit Interview: Claire Robertson

November 29, 2007

1. Briefly describe your experience at comic artist rehab:

When Amber first posted about Comic Artist Rehab I thought it was such a great idea that I signed up without really thinking about what might be involved. It hit me pretty quickly that while I have done a few things in the past I am not really a comic artist and that this was going to be a real challenge for me. Fortunately I came up with an idea for an ongoing narrative right from the beginning and while I was not exploring new ground (motherhood? again? eh!) it meant that I didn’t have torture myself finding a new story each week. This would have been the hardest bit for me and would have probably meant that I would have fallen off the wagon very early on. Knowing this, I scripted the story out from day one and only deviated from it on day 16 when the story took on a bit of a life of its own.

I really wish I had broken out a little and tried some different stuff, stylistically and story-wise (I did go out and buy some ink and brushes) but in the end it was more a case of just getting *something* up by the designated day.

It was hard work and I had to grapple with lots of demons and a feeling of not having enough time but overall I am *so* pleased I took part. The support was great and I got to develop a couple of characters who I want to go on and do more things with. Not only that but it’s my first foray back into blogging for a while and it’s made me think about coming back to my own blog again. The whole exercise has been really inspiring for me.

Here is a photo I took with my phone this morning of the real Warm Kitty and Louise (looking a bit worse for wear these days).


2. What, if anything, did you learn from the program?

Deadlines really work for me. I won’t do anything if not for a deadline. Also, I really did surprise myself with how much I enjoyed the whole experience.

3. Which one of your own comics are you most pleased with and why?

I liked the story on day 24 although if I was going to do it again I would *definitely* swap panel three and four around (thanks bowb!). I challenged myself to do a comic with a lot less words and found it worked out ok. Obviously the drawing was a tad rushed in this one, so alternatively I like day 8 as I feel the compositions and the colours are pretty good.

4. Which one of your own comics are you least pleased with and why?

I hit a real ‘blah’ patch on day 20 which is when I stopped colouring my work. I didn’t really get my groove back for the rest of the month. The story didn’t seem to flow and it was getting a repetitive . I think if I had more time to think the whole thing out and these were longer than four panels I might have taken the whole story off on a more fantastical (silly) path at this point.

5. Do you hope to keep up drawing comics after rehab? If so, how often.

I didn’t think I would want to but now we’ve had a few days off and the pressure has gone I am starting to imagine what a full length story would be like… so yes! I also just got my new copy of Tove Jansson’s Moomin (Book Two) and she really inspires me. But will I actually get to it? Probably not for a while.

6. Any suggestions for future rounds?

The mix of style of the four rehabbers was terrific. I think it made the month really interesting. It would be great to continue to have a good mix like this. Hopefully the word will spread about the project because the cheering in the comments was really helpful. I will come back to cheer on future rehabbers for sure!

Round One: Day Twenty Eight

November 27, 2007


Round One: Day Twenty Four

November 23, 2007


I wish I had time to colour this one – I think it would work a lot better if I did.
Everything got a little bit small again when I shrunk my frames. I had some trouble making it clear what was going on in the third frame. It was quite a novelty having to illustrate two eggs looking embarrassed because they have been caught making out.

Round One: Day Twenty

November 20, 2007


Well — I managed to get it drawn at least. That was looking a tad doubtful for a while there. I blame the heat! Cool change this arvo – hooray. It looked better before I shrank it down – the stuff with the duck and the snail is kind of too small to see out what’s going on now. My french is direct from so I hope it makes sense!

Round One: Day Sixteen

November 15, 2007


This is my least favourite set of drawings yet. Warm Kitty’s head seems to be inflating and the compositions bother me. Also, my Mum looked at it and said “It’s a duck? Is that just a coincidence that the egg rolled under a duck and out hatched a duck?”… I don’t know… yes? No? Perhaps there is some deeper meaning to it which I am yet to come up with. The real reason is that I like drawing ducks. I like drawing annoying ducks spouting platitudes.

Round One: Day Twelve

November 12, 2007


Here is Manfred’s debut (thank you David for the name suggestion!).

As you can see I am not really trying anything new from week to week… same ol’ same ol’… so perhaps I am missing the point of the project.

However, I am feeling quite good about developing these little characters because I want to do more things with them in the future and they were only figments when I set out. Then again perhaps I should be taking this opportunity in this cozy rehab environment to lash out and try something as crazy (for me) as doing some hand-drawn stuff. I did go out and buy some ink and brushes the other day as I was feeling all excited about comics again (yay!) but all the new gear is still stowed away in its Art Riot bag… or maybe I should try some autobiographical stuff as I am loving (loving) my other rehabber’s strips (but who am I kidding?… Warm Kitty is largely autobiographical and a mother/baby daughter theme is only very thinly disguised as a cat/egg theme — although no one I know actually had a kid roll out a door, as such).

I am still seeeeething over that Leunig strip, Bowb. I had never seen it before and I am amazed!! I always have loved Leunig so… sigh.

Hey – next round marks half way, I think! Woot!

Round One: Day Eight

November 7, 2007


Thanks for the comments and advice last week – I felt much encouraged to go forth and create digitally.

Round One: Day Four

November 4, 2007


Did you have to do this project at school? We did it in year 9 and I broke my egg on the first day. I am hoping Warm Kitty does a little better. I actually had fun doing Rehab in week one. I am wondering if it’s like any other form of rehab/reform/diet/housecleaning where you have an initial rush of enthusiasm because you are finally doing something constructive and then it starts to wear thin… Warm Kitty has been brewing as a character in my mind for a while now and this was the perfect excuse to give her a bit of a personality. A couple of questions about comic book art; is it ok to do it all on the computer? and is it ok to colour it?

Artist Introduction: Claire Robertson

October 31, 2007


“I live and work as a freelance illustrator in Melbourne, Australia.

I say “work”, bit these days I spend most of my time being a full time mother to two little monsters. In spare moments I am theoretically writing and illustrating a series of children’s books for publication some time this decade.

I am in dire need of Comic Artist Rehab – I think the last thing I did was in 1999 (omg!)… I’m a mum, I’m a gardener, I’m a reader of trashy books, I’m a crafter, I’m a watcher of downloaded television shows, I’m mostly always tired and I’m slack… the only time I manage to put any time aside to draw is when I have some kind of deadline. Here goes…”