Robbie & Bobby: A Retrospectiveon June 22, 2011 at 7:11 am
I’ve been drawing Robbie and Bobby for awhile now. This August will make eight years. Here I’ve put together some snapshots of Bobby over the years.
In the first year of drawing Robbie and Bobby, I was struggling with just making the characters look the same in each panel. If you see some of the earliest comics, Bobby loses and gains weight within three panels! I drew a staring contest that lasted twenty-five panels just to practice drawing them repeatedly. It was a pretty boring comic!
During 2005, I really got the knack for my character design, and the art was showing progress. I was drawing more detailed backgrounds, and was paying closer attention to lettering, and character placement in each panel. As I got more comfortable with the basics, I started experimenting with the style.
Crosshatching, perspective, (other art words), I didn’t want to get bored with my comic, and it was good to challenge myself. The most drastic change happened this year when I switched from exclusively hand-drawn art to illustrating on a digital tablet. Learning a new device was a challenge in itself, but I’m really glad I picked it up. Another small change you might notice is I’ve changed my lettering style. I used to write in lowercase, but now it’s almost always in caps now. Some of my analog comics had legibility issues, partly because of the lowercase letters, and partly because of the limited space. Now that I’m drawing digitally, space is less of an issue. This has really allowed for some innovation with the comic. I’m rather pleased with this development.
I recently added hundreds of comics to the archive dating back to Robbie and Bobby‘s first year. The strips were originally untitled when they ran in The Daily Cougar, so I’ve added unique titles to help you. (Please excuse if some of them still are not titled yet! I will get to those shortly.) There are also some good story arcs in there. Some of them are five comics long, some are ten. Those story lines really helped develop the Robbie and Bobby you know today! If you like what you’ve been reading so far, there’s definitely something in the archive you’ll like, too.
So, maybe I should have some sort of eight year anniversary celebration in August? It’s exciting to look back on how long I’ve been drawing Robbie and Bobby. I wonder if there’s such a thing as “cartoonist years?” Eight years feels like a long time, but it’s really just the beginning.
Thanks for reading!