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December 10, 2013

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

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!

Comments for How To Turn Your Pet Into A Comic Book Character

  1. Victoria says:

    Wow – they look great – is it the photographer or the subject – sorry Will i think its your cute subject!

  2. That’s a great app, and Eko is perfectly suited as a comic book character! I wonder how Daisy’s millions of curls would come out….. 🙂

  3. Elyse says:

    What great shots! Now I am going to really start lobbying for my next dog — he too can be a superhero!

  4. I think that is TOO COOL!!!

  5. Emmadog says:

    That is pretty cool to have that on your camera, we don’t have that, but we did check out that Lunapic and might have fun with that when we have some time. Eko looks great as a cartoon!

  6. Misaki says:

    I love the drawing of Eko, captures him perfectly:-)

  7. Delft says:

    I love these!
    Of course, now we will be expecting an Eko-comic as a Christmas treat!

  8. Wowee! That looks absolutely brillant, now the hooman wants to search her phone for an app even though she should be going to bed. Silly hoomans!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

  9. Super fun Will, I really think Eko and you could do a comic book series. You’re so creative and Eko’s so handsome (or is it the other way around?). I’m going to Lunapic right now. That sounds so fun.

  10. PigLove says:

    It’s Super Eko! I love the cartoon look. I gives you a certain pizzazz – not that you didn’t already have it my friend! Check out my page when you get a second. I left you something there 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  11. Too COOL!!! Gotta get Mom to try this! I think your comic book idea is a great one! Detective Eko and his sidekick Mr. Will!

  12. Those pictures are so cool Will. The drawing of Eko is amazing!! Hugs and nose kisses

  13. Fabulous! What fun, Will.

  14. 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

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