Hopefully you’ll get a chuckle out of this. It’s the play-by-play process I went through while working on a new sympathy/just because card. I laughed so much while working on this.
It all started when my mom first saw my “missing you is unbearable” card and suggested I make a “bear hug” card. I loved the idea and tucked it away at the back of mind to stew on. After a few weeks (or maybe months?) it hit me that I should do a bare hug card instead, which would be more inappropriate and therefore more funny.
My initial thought was to feature an awkward, sweet dude with his arms outstretched for a hug—bare naked of course. I quickly decided he shouldn’t be completely bare. Tighty whities were mandatory. Here’s my first rough sketch. Check out that lettering. Yikes. It takes me a long time and lots of erasing to end up with lettering that looks half decent. My first lettering drafts usually look like they were done by a blindfolded kindergartener.
I showed Daniel the sketch. He looked horrified and told me my bare man was creepy and not at all sweet. He said I should make him look less like someone’s dad. Weird feedback, but okay. I set to work sketching all sorts of bare men with varying amounts of body hair, but none of them quite hit the mark.
At last I had my lightbulb moment—I should make a bare bear hug card! It’s so many puns wrapped up into one! Okay two puns wrapped up into one, but that’s a lot for just one card. I tweaked the creepy dude sketch above, turned him into a bear, and reworked the lettering.
After inking the sketch and adding a little polish and color in Illustrator, my bare hug design is ready to become a card. It’ll be in the shop soon!
Thank a bunch for the feedback everybody! I whipped up a bare man version of the card for comparison purposes. Let me know which you’d buy! Sadly I can’t stock two very similar cards, so don’t say both! ;)