Ever since I can remember, the dude I share my life with has been fantasising about travelling the world free from worries and obligations. One of his dreams is us going from one place to another on a motorcycle, him driving and me sitting next to him in a sidecar. We would have everything we need with us and could spontaneously decide to wake up in a new place every day if we wanted.
Since I started making comics (which go by the title “couple comics” – how original!) about the life in our household, my boyfriend has been asking me to illustrate us travelling in the motorcycle-sidecar combo. So, a couple of weeks before his birthday, I sat down with paper and pencils to visualise this dream. Although the comics I’ve previously drawn of us have been just simple pencil sketches, I decided to put some more time on this one and make it full colour with a scenic background.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek of my illustration process from sketch to the final piece:
1. Raw sketch
I started the drawing from the wheels of the motorcycle and didn’t realise I was getting way too close to the top edge of the paper…hence the floating head.
2. Polished sketch with shading
3. Digitalised version, enhanced with Photoshop
The creepy floating head has finally found the body it belongs to!
4. Coloured version
5. Let’s figure out something for the background…
6. Et voíla, the final piece with some additional shading and mountain scenery
PS. See the cherry tomatoes? We are currently growing multiple cherry tomato plants, so obviously they would need to join us for the journey. Healthy self-grown snacks on the go!