Tuesday, July 7, 2009

ABC Challenge #20: Black Dots

The Art by Committee challenge is a sketch game I play each month. It's sponsored by the Gurney Journey, and I just figured out that this is my 20th challenge. My responses to these challenges have generated 40 pages of comics.

As an experiment, what I've been doing, is trying to make as many of the prompts as I can go into the same story. By jumping around a lot, I can make a lot of them fit. As it turns out, the two pages I made for this month's challenge flows nicely into the very first one I did! Because it makes a nice punchline, I'm reprinting it at the bottom of this post.

Eventually, they'll all appear in an issue of Eclectic Comics.

Anyway, this month's challenge was to interpret this random, out of context line from a science fiction novel:
“But when the dots did not vanish even after he scrubbed his fists across his eyes three times, he shouted hoarsely…”
Here we go!


Ben Villarreal said...

So was this also your not so subtle commentary on standardized tests? 'Cause that was pretty much my experience, as well :-)

Paul Bozzo said...

Nice take off from the idea of dots in fromt of your eyes!

Andrew Wales said...

Kind of! When I draw these, I just interpret the prompt with whatever pops into my head. However, I think sometimes the ideas come from reading I've done lately. I've been reading a lot of articles about how inadequate standardized tests really art to determine future success in life. In spite of the unscientific justification for using them, schools are doing more and more and more to prepare kids to do well on them -- often at the expense of real understanding of important topics.

So, yeah -- a real pet peeve!