Sometimes I find myself without a clip template but I have some time to write a strip. So I will think up a clip which is likely to be in the collection but which won’t require any nuances of facial expression or position. Vehicles and buildings work best for this purpose. Without a template, I just thought of a civilian helicopter and went from there.
The only flaw in the plan was that the clip art collection had no helicopters that looked like they were flying. One crappy improvized circle took car of that problem.