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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).

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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!

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Round One: Day Twenty Eight

November 27, 2007

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Round One: Day Twenty Four

November 23, 2007

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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

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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 babelfish.altavista.com so I hope it makes sense!

Round One: Day Sixteen

November 15, 2007

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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…”