The Evolution of Girls Can’t WHAT?

Untitled-1Someone asked me a long time ago to post this and I just never got around to it. Probably because it’s a little embarrassing in my opinion. I know I really shouldn’t worry about it. It’s not like Picasso was born with a paintbrush in his hand and I’m sure his early attempts at art were a total disaster. So were mine. Here is a little play-by-play of how the Girls Can’t WHAT? characters were created…

In 2005, my art skills were limited to doodling stick figures on scratch paper. I had the ideas for the characters in my head, but I had a terrible time getting them out on paper, much less in digital form for printing.

I started on paper and eventually progressed to the only medium I knew at the time…Powerpoint. Yes, it’s ok to laugh.  You might grab a box of tissues…these will make you laugh until you cry.  Or maybe you will cry because they are HIDEOUS!

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Then I did what I always do when I get frustrated. I went to the library. I checked out a huge stack of books on cartoon art and drawing facial expressions, etc. Meanwhile I continued to experiment…

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Eventually I decided I needed to focus on one design…

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Had enough yet? I warned you they were AWFUL!

But I pressed on. If you haven’t figured out, I don’t give up very easily…

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And then I got smart. With my limited funds, I invested in a real drawing application and began to get very serious about my art in early 2006…

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My first few “real” designs were a success and requests for more were piling up.   So I scraped together what little funds I had generated and in the summer of 2007 I bought a Mac, some professional applications for creating vector art and a series of tutorials on DVD. It was a huge risk and I actually floated the balance on a “first 3 months are interest-free” credit card for a couple months, gambling that my little shop would pull in enough income to pay off that balance each month. It did. :)

And then I really started to crank out the characters… And they keep getting better (in my humble opinion).

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I hope this little walk through Girls Can’t WHAT? history will inspire you to stick with your dreams and recognize that you are not stuck at your current skill level.  You can only get better.

Hard work and persistence paid off for me.

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