12. Cap’n Keelhaul

Digital drawing of a pirate with a parrot. He has an eyepatch, a cutlass and a hat with the Jolly Roger on it

12. Cap’n Keelhaul

Another ultra-simple figure to use in 3-panel gag comics. He is obviously a pirate. There’s a strong temptation to go overboard with the pirate symbols but I stuck with the Jolly Roger symbol, cutlass and eye patch (for my purposes, the parrot counts as a second character/side kick and if I didn’t need it, I would leave it out too). I did add a bit of trim to his coat but for further simplification, this can be left out. I think the bit of extra glamor it adds makes it worth adding if time and the rest of the image allow it. What I will definitely leave out the next time is the crossbones in the Jolly Roger symbol; they don’t actually add that much for how fiddly they make things. Think like Mort Walker!