Design-In-Progress: Gone Fishin’ 2012

It’s that time again! I almost can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since I was first introduced to those fantastic folks at the Thunderbird Clubhouse. I started working with them when they needed someone to design the inaugural fishing tournament flyer, and I like to think I’ve been a useful asset since. I have done all sorts of work for them but since June of last year (the tournament was in May) I have had an idea I hoped I would get to use for this year’s tournament. I’m working on it a little at a time and it’s not only an honor to get to work with such a wonderful organization again, but it’s a real accomplishment to draw cartoons in Illustrator. As I said to someone yesterday, “I don’t know if you have ever worked with Illustrator, but it can be a very slow and painful process.” This is especially true for those of us self-taught Adobe users. Very few programs can cause the crushing defeat of frustration and the likelihood of fist-through-monitor syndrome that an Adobe program can!

Anyhow, this is what I have so far. I hope it turns out as funny as it is in my head…

Thunderbird Clubhouse Fishing Tournament 2012 drawing in progress

Thunderbird Clubhouse Fishing Tournament 2012 drawing in progress close up

For anyone who is thinking “Why in the world would that idiot use Illustrator instead of drawing it with a stylus?!” please know that I try to use Illustrator as much as possible to keep things simple when it comes time to create transparent vectors. Also, because I’m terrible with a stylus and I’m too stubborn to learn it. (If you’ve met me, you know it’s probably more that last one.)

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