Since my typical workday involves drawing comics and staring at teeth, it's always a welcome change of pace when I get to work on an illustration project. When the client is The New York Times Magazine, it makes the process even more exciting. Check out my illustration with the accompanying column by the brilliant Adam Davidson here.How does creating an illustration differ from my usual cartooning process? Every time I draw a new comic, I'm faced with the same looming question: What on earth should I draw about? I have to settle on a subject that strikes my interest and write a script that suggests sequential images or brainstorm images that compel me to write.
For the most part, I'm my own editor, though I show my finished comics to my twin brother and my wife before they go into print. My twin brother will give an honest assessment if it's good or bad, and he'll point out what I should have done to make the comic better. Since we lived together for twenty-plus years, it's like getting an unbiased view from myself. My wife will tell me if it's good or bad, but also if it's something that "ordinary people" will understand. "Ordinary people" being the portion of the world that doesn't share my genetic code.