Enter Steve

Here’s my latest comic: https://inhumaneresourcescomic.com/#/panel/403.

For Steve, I used pictures of Chris Tollinger, father of two baby girls and fellow developer at Frontgate, as a reference. Why do I do this? I’m not being rhetorical. I was hoping you knew.

I’m definitely grateful. I use a lot of reference for different characters, like Groucho Marx for Julius, though I draw him a little indifferently, so it’s tough to tell. If I’m using actual people I know, I can ask them to take a particular expression.

It’s a lucky thing for Chris, because Steve always looks angry, and Chris almost never does.

I worry about my drawing to varying degrees, and I worry more when I do an actual person who’s going to read the comic. I suppose once I get past that, I feel a kind of nostalgia when I see a person I know in my drawings.

Oh, important note. I gave Steve that mustache. Chris doesn’t have one. I imagined him as having a flat-top, square jaw and a big mustache. Tollinger had only two of those three things.

Mustache aside, it’s one of my better jobs at likeness. I can kind of see Chris in there.

And it’s my birthday, or it will be when you read this!