Weekly Blog: Show and Tell: Maria Alvarez

Comic done in Illustrator by Maria Alvarez

I wasn’t sure what to create in the beginning, but then I thought to keep it simple. I saw many people on social media say their sleep schedule was way out of line and that made me think of mine. I like to think my sleep schedule is pretty normal. So I decided to do a comic that I think many people can relate to. While being stuck at home all day with nothing to do, I realized to make my comic about that. I am usually always in my room and on my phone because I don’t have a TV in my room. I usually go to bed around midnight and wake up around 10 am. That’s actually pretty early for me because I like to wake up really late, but I have to take care of my nephews. I wanted to make the comic a little more funny so I exaggerated on the times. Even though I’m sure there are some people who actually have their sleep schedule like that. I was going to start the first frame with the sun out but then I thought it would be better to have the night sky because I wanted to show that is when the day is starting. In the first frame, the stick figure is using a phone, it might be a little hard to see that because of the color. I was going to choose black, but I didn’t want a lot of dark colors since the bed was already a dark blue. But I wanted the bed to be dark because it stands out, to show that the figure hasn’t moved all day.

I had used Illustrator before, but I’m still learning how to use it. I divided the page into three sections so it could be in a three frame layout. I used the shapes to make the bed and the window because I couldn’t draw it all. I also used the pen and the paint brush to make the Zs and the sunrise on the window. I made my own speech bubble and I liked the font I used; it is very simple just like the whole comic so I thought it would fit better.

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