The Patriarch: A Mini Comic

A birthday gift for my incredible dad.

The original idea was to make a polygonal family portrait featuring my dad, sisters, brother, and nephews, since distance had prevented us from all taking a recent picture together. I'm not sure when the idea evolved (definitely before I even finished the portraits), but if there's one thing I'm good at, it's making things hard for myself.

So I got the idea to make a comic. My dad has always loved comic books and has a giant collection of old Marvel comics, so I thought that a comic featuring our family would be the perfect gift. I would call it The Patriarch. It would be amazing.

At some point, during all of the excitement of coming up with this great idea, I remembered that I couldn't draw. I wasn't sure how I was going to make a comic without the art to go with it. I was frustrated, but I wasn't going to give up. Eventually, I decided that I would find art online and arrange them into panels to mimick that signature comic style, and use the portraits on the left pages to make it all a sort of character guide.

It took hours of scrolling on Pinterest to find art that worked (a huge thanks to all of the artists!), but eventually I got everything together and made it work, and I'm so proud of how it turned out.

Take a look at a few of the pages below! And check out the Polygonal Portraits that went with it.