The above cartoon was for a MarketingProfs special offer. Folks who registered during a special promo also received a special offer of meeting the “dream team” of content marketing, which is (from left to right), Corey O’Loughlin (social media superstar and premier tactician), Ann Handley (of Content Rules fame) and, well, me (the “visual voice of MarketingProfs”).
When I started sketching the gals in the above cartoon, I found it ridiculously easy to come up with an idea for Ann and Corey. We’ve teased Ann about Wonder Woman for ages, so she got a WW-like outfit in MarketingProfs colors. Corey is known for her great love of lime green and pink (a Lilly Pulitzer thing, I’m sure) and her eye rolls (I gave her long, lovely lashes instead). But to draw oneself?
I’ve been told that what I see when I look in the mirror and what my friends and husband see when they look at me are very different. But rather than wrestle with that conundrum, I decided to focus instead on basics to define my cartoon self: a love of colorful hair (my own hair is red and black), all things purple, and art supplies. The cartoon Veronica is modeled very loosely after Batgirl, but instead of bat ears, I have pencils. Of course.
When I turned the assignment in, I told Corey, “It’s me, so the superheroes are quirky.”
And she just laughed.
(I think she already knew they would be.)