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The Hiking Dead (or ‘How I Spend My Downtime Lately’)

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A couple of weeks ago, I hurt my foot while on a Sunday afternoon run. (Turns out, my Vibram FiveFinger running shoes are mighty comfy for running but offer very little protection from smashing your foot on harder-than-diamonds sidewalks.) So, I went to the doctor and found out that I had a contusion on my tarsals (or was it my metatarsals? I get those mixed up so often) which means no running or hiking for several weeks. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed. Especially since the weather has been really nice lately and, therefore, perfect for hiking.

I’ve been spending my weekends sitting inside with my foot in a cast, propped up, and sitting on the couch. Which kinda sucks.

However, I’ve been using my time to brush up on some of my artistry and whatnot, so I guess there’s a silver lining to that cloud. So, blah blah blah, here’s a piece I finished recently. My plan was to do a comic strip with a ‘The Walking Dead’ theme, since it’s my favorite show in the whole universe. I am still gonna work on it when I can because I think it’s a fun idea and I’d really like to finish it, if I can.

So here is the cover to a fake ‘The Hiking Dead’ comic I did last weekend. This probably took at least eight hours or so to finish, because it was an experimental piece. I tried things out to see if they worked, and if I didn’t like how it looked, I’d delete it and start over. It’s a sheer miracle that I didn’t get bored with it and move on to something else. I tried out using halftones and experimented with blending colors rather than leaving hard borders on contrasting colors. I put a whole lot of bloody gore in there at one point, but when I had finished it all up, I decided that it was a bit over-the-top and took it out. Also, I didn’t want to spend hours working on my coloring, only to cover it up with a layer of bright red splatters.

So, anyway, here it is. Comments welcome.


FYI: For those who don’t know, Keith Stone and  Frank Patriot are the same person. (Me.) Frank is a pseudonym I use(d) when drawing comic.


One thought on “The Hiking Dead (or ‘How I Spend My Downtime Lately’)

  1. You are living an amazing life man. Full of fun. I really loved it.

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