This year my son wants to have a Spiderman theme party. We’ve already got a Spiderman pinata, plates, cups, napkins, goodie bags, etc. My job is to create a personal birthday invitation card.
My wife talked to my son to see whether he wanted a photo of himself in his Spiderman clothes, or a drawing by me. He wanted both, of course. So, I set up all my camera gear to try to take some photos of him in his costume. As it turns out, he doesn’t seem to have the Spiderman costume that we thought he had. I could swear my sister and her fiance brought him home with one last year.
I took some photos, but they just weren’t what I was hoping for. He was kind of distracted and I was looking for a little bit more “be the Spiderman” from him. It’s probably a lot to ask of a kid going on 5. He did a good job and I got some nice photos, but it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.
So, I picked up some small greeting cards and set out to draw a greeting card cover for him. He wanted himself dressed up as Spiderman, and I wasn’t too sure how I was going to accomplish that.
I considered a few panels to tell a story of him playing, his Spider Sense tingling, him donning his costume and then webbing up a robot or something.
Once I sketched it a little, I abandoned the idea as too complex.
I decided to just draw him with everything except the mask on, with his Spider Sense tingling and some clever text about it being his birthday. I really like the chibi style of cartooning and I’ve been practicing a little here and there. My son now recognizes any wild haired brunette boy as himself. Especially if he looks like a super hero. I’m not a comic artist by any means – I never used to draw comic heroes when I was younger. But, my son thinks I am, and that’s all that matters. When I showed him the sketch, he said “cool.” What more can you ask for?
So, after sketching out an idea, I inked it and scanned it into my PC. Then I opened it up in Paint Shop Pro for some clean up.
I had to go in an clean up the random pixels and fix up some rough spots. After cleaning it up, I used the edge erosion to smooth out the lines.
Then I colored it with the fill tool and added a thought bubble. Here is the final image:
I used a custom paper size and print layout to arrange the image on the greeting cards and printed them out. They came out pretty good, I think.