Last day of practicing girls

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I figure it’s basically adding lips, pretty eyes and I guess a small waist helps.  Damn!  That broad came out dope!  I think I’m done practicing girls.  I think I got this!  Naw, I gotta keep practicing.  But I think that zombie girl looks good enough to star in one of my stories!  But yeah, I’ll keep building my women hairstyles and clothing morgues on Pinterest for when I need ideas and I think I’m good.  And also if I need a specific pose for a scene I can sketch it out first and practice it until I get it and add it to the panel.

Also, for anyone stumbling into this website looking for help on learning how to draw caricatures and stuff like that, I always recommend these books:

Cartooning Philosophy and Practice

Cartooning The Head and Figure

Character design by Sherm Cohen

The Lexicon of Comicana

But there’s also an invaluable free resource on the internet called Famous Artists Cartoon Course. It’s a course by mail from the past by some of the masters of that time. You can pretty much use just that and become a great cartoonist.

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A message of hope.

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I started drawing this guy a couple of days ago brainstorming and doodling trying to come up with an idea for sort of a comic book type project I’ve been wanting to make for some years now. The thing I like the most is it’s simplicity. I can draw this a hundred times over before it gets boring and that gives me a tool and more time to have fun experimenting with the story. The other day I listened to the deconstructing comics podcast episode about the Ivan Brunetti book “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice” and the hosts seemed to not fully grasp the idea behind this book. The idea is simply to help the student tap into his creativity, he uses the medium of comics or cartooning to do so because that’s what he does. But if you can fully get the message of the book you can clearly see the book can help you in a way where you can actually curve your creativity even if it’s doing something other than drawing cartoons. One of the things he encourages is to create a character using simple lines and shapes. Simplify the drawing. Something that, if you read the “Famous Artists Cartoon Course” They emphasize in simplicity when cartooning and those guys where masters. I really enjoy Tom Gauld’s style. I drew this with a cheap marker and crayola colored pencils and I’m thinking about incorporating watercolor.

I’ve been trying to do too much.

Over the years of showing my art on the internet I’ve experimented a little bit. If you take a look around on the website you will notice. I have mainly stuck to drawing because it is what I enjoy doing the most. I love doodling and I love drawing lines. A few years back I starting taking my art seriously mainly because of the encouragement of a friend. since then my main struggle has been finding meaning. I don’t have a lot of time to make art because I have a full time job, sometimes two plus Family is a priority to me. In trying to be productive with my art I have been trying to make too many things with out the time to do all the things I want to do. You can’t begin to imagine how many time I have had this awesome idea that I can never even begin to start on it. I’ve had a pile of newspapers in a corner of my home annoying the hell out of y wife for about a month now because of this paper mache project I have in mind that I really want to make but I don’t have the time. I keep switching between projects, mostly because I get bored and I want to try something different. So what time allows me to be more productive and satisfied is what I will work on now. Even if that means less updates and less content.

I have increasingly fallen in love with cartooning, or sequential art, or comics, whatever you want to call it. I got to a point where I said: I can draw these little “movies“, whatever I want to happen, I can create any character I need and I don’t need to pay them! And I can set my film in Mars and it don’t cost me a dime. Well… And the medium is so open for exploration and experimentation! Plus you have the freedom to create your own style and create art with the simplest of materials and you don’t need a lot of space. So if you like web comics, comics and you dig my style of cartoons, swing by every now and then I’ll be sharing some of my imaginings here in the form of sequential art. It’s one of the things I really want to create that time allows me to.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/22999575″>Toronto Comic Arts Festival: Pencil it In</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user6670001″>Toronto Comic Arts Festival</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>