The Moment

So a little while back, I was invited to speak at the Page Turner event in Brooklyn.  There I was invited to write a short story for a book called “The Moment” from contributing editor Vivian Chum.

Vivian went on to tell me a little bit about the project, which sounded pretty cool to me.  Here is the description of the project from their site.

An instant from when your life changed…

Welcome to “The Moment” stories of how a single moment changed your life in a profound way. Your Moment might be a split-second decision, something you witnessed, a message sent or received, a literal or mental discovery. Moments can be serious or silly, as short as a tweet, as long as 750 words, told via a single image or illustration, series of photos, or a scanned letter or post-it note.

For a chance to be in the new book coming in 2011 by the creators of the New York Times bestselling Six-Word Memoirs franchise.

Honestly, I was thrilled to be considered for this book.  My only problem/fear with it is that….well…..i’m no writer.  Obviously.

So I had asked if I could illustrate my piece in comic book form.  Vivian had agreed and I was given two pages to illustrate my “moment”.  Which was a lot harder for me to plot out than I originally thought.

I chose to illustrate/tell about when I had quit my first job out of college, which was at Morgan Stanley.  Now…this job…I mean…if you know me…you know how odd of a job it was for me.  I had to wear a shirt and tie everyday to work.  And shoes!  I don’t even own a pair of dress shoes anymore.  As a matter of fact, I’m going to a corporate xmas party tomorrow with bright red sneakers and a black suit on!

But I worked at Morgan Stanley for 4 1/2 years.  When I had saved enough money up, I had quit and self published my comic BURN.  That was probably the single biggest moment of my life.  What made this a challenge to illustrate was the size of the pages.  The pages are only 7.125″ x 5.5″.  It’s such an odd size, and doesn’t allow for as much layout work as I really wanted.  So I decided to “grid” my art to show how robotic and boring my daily life was back then.  And of course when I quit, it would get bigger and more exciting.  Which happens on the 2nd page.  You might notice the “dollar” signs.  That was an idea given to me by my buddy Ken Knudtsen.  To help show that I was saving money up to do what I was about to do.

Anyway, here is my full process for the 1st page.  From pencils, to inks, to finished letters.

I’ve actually already changed the lettering on the example shown below.  But was too lazy to update the jpg.  Figured nobody would really care.

Hope you like it.

Will be finishing up the 2nd page later this week.  And will post it eventually.  Until then, thanks for stopping by!




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