How To Turn Your Pet Into A Comic Book Character

I love art, but unfortunately my technical skills as an artist peaked somewhere around kindergarten.  Thanks to new technology though, I am not bound to draw stick figures for the rest of my life.  By happy accident I recently took a photo of Eko using a setting I wasn’t aware I had on my camera.


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And the result was this a comic-book-style photograph

Of course, as soon as I saw the results I became trigger happy and shot about a dozen more photos of Eko as a comic book character.

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I can’t paint, but my camera sure can

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It was a lot of fun to see Eko look like he jumped right off the page

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I think I might have to start writing a Detective Eko comic book series.  He’ll be a private-eye who specializes in cases where treats have gone missing

In a serendipitous bit of luck, I also heard about artist Katy Grierson through social media.  Every once in a while Katy will send out offers to do a quick cartoon sketch of your pet for around $10.  The timing was perfect and Katy did this fun drawing of Eko for me.

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Thanks Katy!

If you’re like me and will never be a “Katy,” don’t despair.  New apps make it easier than ever to style your pet photos.  “Comicbook!”  is one app (available for both iPhone/Android) that is worth looking into.  Many digital cameras have “comic” or “high contour” settings that also achieves a similar effect. Lastly, Lunapic is a free online tool where you can upload existing photos to and add a comic book filter.

Are the results a little gimmicky?  Of course, but that’s what makes them so fun!

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Reblogged this on paws for thought and commented:
Just found this after tutorial at Uni For the Narrative project this blog has inspired! This looks really fun and i am quite interested in giving this a go somehow. I love the second image it is so simple and looks like a painting (i have a love for art galleries) So maybe ‘Millymoo comic adventures of her own’ could be a positive thing to put together,perhaps images i already have of her as she may not be 100% to take pictures of. But she is definitely going through an adventure currently, she is staying at the vets for the weekend now, but they are more hopeful that surgery wount be necessary as she is eating and her vital signs are ‘up’ , chin up lil Mill my thoughts are with all the dogs at the docs right now, hang in there the humans are trying their best.

Paws out x

Thank you Will and Eko! keep an eye out for any other going on’s I’ve got some other things planned! But update is bed rest and painkillers for milly, no op luckily, looking forward to seeing what you and Eko get up to!

Your good vibes worked so big thank you from me and milly! She is up to her usual antics again at home safe and well 🙂 blog is really fab Iam enjoying reading your posts! You and Eko have a great relationship x

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