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Cartooning

 

A few weeks back, I made the decision to start blending my politics with my art, which resulted in guvsux.com. Because, well, government sucks.

I've always doodled, but never really tried cartooning. There's a difference. Doodling has no point... it's just goofing around with a pencil. Cartooning propels a confident point. It has purpose. It seeks to communicate.

My work on faces has strengthened. Where drawing someone's face used to involve a lot of erasing for me, now my lines are strong and I rarely erase. Like the Nancy Pelosi I drew yesterday...

But all of my faces are straight-on, for the most part. Mostly bust shots. Little or no background.

Part of the problem is that I'm not great at turning the head of a person in my mind. And most of the examples I can find on the Internet are facial portraits, and since I'm limited to drawing what I see, I can't manipulate the angle much - yet.

The same with full-body shots. Clothing folds, hands, things like that, they remain tough for me. Just not enough experience and practice.

And then the background. I think I get so tickled that a picture I drew actually looks like the subject that I don't want to mess it up with a background.

But with time, I'll get bolder.

My storytelling... I need to remember that in a few panels, I don't have much room to set the scene and convey the point/punchline. Yesterday's toon with Pelosi and Harry Reid would have been better, for example, if I had opened it as a Pelosi / Reid presser. Or put her into the second panel instead of jumping - without warning - to Reid. (Where'd he come from!) But I got so excited that the sketch of him had strength that I lost track of my need to convey my intent in the most efficient way.

In a nutshell, I'm learning. So forgive my awkward steps.

Thanks for the encouragement from all of you. I'm having fun with it, and I hope you are too...

 


by Brett Rogers, 10/25/2008 12:48:11 PM
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