Drawing Pencil Sketches
Newsletter June 2012
Welcome Fellow Artists
Once you can draw well why not consider making a few bucks here and there especially in cartooning? You can get away with quite a lot in drawing cartoons i.e. you don't necessarily have to consider perspective.
Here are a few guidelines if you would like to make some money drawing cartoons. The artist usually draws his comic strips or cartoons in pencil, then the drawing is handed over to an "inker" to make it dark enough for printing.
The cartoonist is responsible for the storyline illustrating what goes where especially in cartoon strips. It is basically to shows how the action is to be created. The "pencilist" does not usually put in any detail, that is left to the "inker".
You will need a good set of quality pencils ranging from HB (medium) to 6B which is quite soft. You will also need a hard pencil about 2H. The hard pencils do not lose their point very much but the 6B's have to be sharpened often if you want to keep your drawing clean.
Cartoon art and strips should be 15" x 10”\" for it to be reduced to a comic page size. Some cartoonist make it much larger because it is easier to work with.
Then there is a dude in the art department that puts in all the lettering, the words. Many editors prefer computer fonts rather than hand drawn – but the latter has far more character than computer generated fonts. Even if you use a computer, it will be beneficial to know a little about calligraphy, the spacing between the words and the distance between the lines (that is called "leading" as it was used in the old printing days long ago.)
The inker is probably the most important person in the production as he or she determines the look and feel of the artwork. You can often get poor pencillers and great inkers and the whole comic strip can come to life BUT if the artist/penciller is great and the inker poor it won't take off.
I get a lot of mail asking me how to publish their cartoons. There are plenty of things to consider, for example, there are the legal aspects (copyrighting your material), how much should I ask for my cartoon or strip? We'll leave those questions for another time.
To start off, think of an unusual character that’s not been thought of before. Impossible? Nah! Get Sunday newspaper comic strips and go through all the characters - you will find many there. Then start sketching YOUR ideas roughly, then do some more. Eventually you will know when you’ve got it just right!
Thank you for reading,
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