Oscar the Cat

Oscar the Cat - student project

I spent 3 years studying illustration, but this is the first time I've "studied" how to make a comic, and I thoroughly enjoyed every insight.

I completed every step with a lot of time and effort, desiring to find the parts of the process I like and the parts I will eventually change. 

Oscar the Cat - image 1 - student project

I sketched the page layouts and panel thumbnails in my sketchbook with a biro, as I've always found this helps me work fast.

However, as I'm limited on equipment at the moment and have no access to a scanner, I chose to do both pencilling and inking stages on my computer with my Wacom. This took some getting used to, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed inking more than I have in the past! It was a pleasant discovery.

Oscar the Cat - image 2 - student project

My intention was to create a colour comic, but after taking time and care to ink with thought (as demonstrated in the class) I loved the black and white so much I created two versions! (black and white above)

I spent a long time colouring the comic, (way too long to be a possibility for a full length project!) and I think in the end I actually prefer the version above.

Oscar the Cat - image 3 - student project

 If I were to repeat this, I think I would add more panels and make the comic a few pages long. The memory I chose, whilst seeming simple at first, would have benefitted from a little more mood and pacing, to represent the emotional bond I formed with Oscar. I also think it lacks clarity between the first and second panel, where the intention is to represent Oscar's family moving away and him finding a new home.

Thanks for giving me the tools to create and learn by doing! :)

Abi Nottingham

Illustrator | Well-being and Wonder