In animation there is a term called “squash and stretch.” When characters move in a cartoon, they squash and stretch in impossible ways to exaggerate their movements. This is especially noticeable in cartoons from the 1940s. I applied this idea in today’s comic by making the washing machine bulge and hop while it’s running.

A comic page is just a flat piece of paper. It’s up to the artist to give it life, and having that sense of movement, whether by using motion lines or the squash-and-stretch method, is crucial.

Now if only I could remember to use motions lines more…

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