One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is write a graphic novel, or at least write short graphic stories and at some point publish a collection of them. I while back I made a short web comic series titled Skate Nerds about three friends pretty much just talking nonsense. Although the drawings were very simplistic I enjoyed the actual work and all it involves. And Its just like Ivan Brunetti says, making comics is mostly work. But at the end of the day I felt very satisfied for having put in that work and have that finished product. I never really draw comics, the stuff I draw is very cartoony but everything is stream of consciousness. The few times I’ve tried to draw longer and a bit more complex stories I don’t like the way it turns out. I’m always getting weird and crazy ideas for stories and I jot em down real quick and save them but I don’t know how to draw a lot of things. And I know the drawings don’t have to be prefect, I know believe me but, I have an end product in my mind and what I really need to do is teach my self to draw what I don’t know how to draw. I’m going to start with girls. I never draw girls, I suck at it, it pisses me off that I don’t so I’m going to have to get on it and start practicing.
With these heads I started by following steps but quickly tried to find my style like with the neck. I really like the three heads on the bottom right of the first page but the hair is pretty much modeled from a cartooning book. They’re cool I love them and can be used to make some funny stuff happen but although I’m aiming for a certain style of cartoons I also want to make contemporary looking stuff so what I did was that I did a search in Pinterest for “modern women hairstyles”. The two inked heads on the second page were drawn by looking at photos from that search result. I also created a new Pinterest board for “Girls Hairstyles” to use as reference.
For theses sketches I used prior knowledge of head construction but I also used the book Cartooning The Head and Figure by Jack Hamm because I get really blocked when it comes to creating different looks and stuff and that book has a bunch of examples and, you know, like Austin Kleon says, Steal like an Artist. My end goal here is bringing my stories to life in comic book form, I feel very passionate about cartoons and cartooning in general, and I also love Film and strange stories. I also love old style cartoons so all of the books I own about cartooning are older books or have that style. If you stumble into this post and by a weird chance you’re looking for a simple book to get you started with drawing cartoons I recommend Character Design by Sherm Cohen, it’s great.
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.
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.
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>