These two digital illustrations were inspired by student speculation as to how I lost my ring finger. There were multiple stories circulating around the art department. My favorite Involved a paper cutter and another student. Also at the time, several students were attempting to develop their skills in graphic novel artwork and I thought this project would offer me an opportunity to develop a process demonstration from initial sketches to final artwork in Photoshop. I worked up two variants on the story – one true, one imaginary… a nod to Walter Mitty. Version one: freak high school accident. Version two: war hero. I let the students decide which is true.