Sometimes a late revision is needed

It happens to every professional illustrator: you think a drawing is finished, since you've provided what an art director asked for based on a sketch that was duly approved. Then someone in the publication's chain of command changes his or her mind and a major late-stage alteration is requested.

That's what happened with the illustration above, a depiction of a humorously disheveled automobile that was commissioned in 2002 by In Sync, a nifty, nicely designed magazine that I was delighted to appear in. The editors at In Sync decided that they wanted my messy car anthropomorphized in a slightly different way from the one you see here. They wanted the eyeballs to be where the car's headlights are now instead of inside the car's cab.

I could have redone the drawing from scratch, of course, but that would have been silly, since most of the picture was just fine. In this kind of situation, all that's needed is a corrective patch on one small section. And since a contributor to my Email to the Chief column happened to ask me recently what was meant by the reference to patches in How I Color My Comics Using Photoshop, a review of how I "fixed" this particular illustration by applying a patch seems in order.

Illustration art directed for In Sync by Richard Holmgren

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