Word is the level of the Iowa Great Lakes is already approaching what would trigger a 5 mph speed limit for boat traffic – despite the lakes being largely frozen. The seriousness of the matter is, if they aren't able to recede before a major rain like last year's, local flooding and shore damage will be even worse. Compounding the issue is the fact that the local economy relies on tourism, and tourists love boats that can move faster than 5 mph on the lakes. So, we're faced with a decision between an actual flood and a metaphorical drought. I'm simply hoping we have a particularly dry summer – especially after last year.
This cartoon was actually a pretty quick one to complete. Thanks to a photo I took during the 2018 University of Okoboji Winter Games, I had a perfect model for what I wanted this time around.
Since the photo was mine, I could have traced it, but decided to just have some fun and do it old school. I'm glad I did, because it really was more fun. The whole panel was really. In fact, the hardest part was finding a font which looked right on a speed limit sign, so I did that by hand as well. In retrospect, that was a good decision. Despite the focus being partially on the sign, I think a strict font would have actually distracted from the whole composition. The gradient tool again helped me save some time and I think the ice turned out particularly well with a few marks here and there. Overall, this cartoon took about two hours from start to finish.
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