Some cartoons evolve based on a thought. Sometimes I just sketch and freeform draw, then put the sketch away. Here is an example of such a rough sketch:
This one is not autobiographical, I must say. LOL
Then, I redraw and fine tune my sketch into a cartoon format:
Then, my last step is the wording. I probably will change the mirror words to reflect the theme of the finished cartoon. In the cartoon above, I am thinking about women and their struggle with self confidence mixed with a Stuart Smalley type of daily affirmation. I admit, it just doesn’t yet work for me.
This cartoon might evolve into a finished cartoon, or maybe not. I have a whole file of semi finished cartoons that are waiting to be completed like the one above.
Here is another preliminary sketch:
Which then evolved into this cartoon, which poked fun at judges:
So this gives you a glimpse of how I work with my cartoons. Most are about quilting, but others reflect what is happening in my life; like the time I had my baseline colonoscopy:
Of course, this was only funny AFTER I had the experience. LOL