So for those who don’t know, I work at a large church where I coordinate volunteers who take care of greeting families and their children from infants all the way up to 5th grade. Normally, my responsibilities include coordinating schedules, maintaining our check-in system, welcoming new guests, and many other duties.
During my time at the church, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to step outside of my job description and do some art. The first time, I painted animals inside each of the nursery rooms. The second time was recently where I created a coloring/activity book to give all the kids at our church’s 25th anniversary celebration. The third and most recent time was this comic book, Rescued!
I was asked by our assistant elementary director about doing a comic for all the elementary kids to be given out Easter weekend, which I quickly accepted. Then I realized I had 1 1/2 weeks to complete it. The script was provided for me, and the idea was that all the kids would be able to put themselves into the comic book and also color it. So what you see is the finished product, which I actually completed from concept to finish in 6 days. Due to time constraints, I had to rush a little. All the inking was done in Photoshop which is why a few panels are a little rough (if you didn’t notice, pretend like I didn’t say anything), and because they kids were going to color it, I couldn’t use as much black for shadows as I normally would have in this situation.
All that said, this is one of the projects I am most proud of so far. The fact that it was my first stab at sequential storytelling. The fact that so many kids were going to get a copy on such an important day. The fact that I completed it in such little time. And the fact that the story is so important to me.