EXPECT THE UNEXPECTEDSo I was at the doctor's office yesterday, and this doctor always overbooks his appointments. So, to make use of the time, I brought my pad, paper, and sharpener, and worked up some sketches. True enough, he kept me waiting (I eventually left without seeing the guy because it was going to take an hour and a half....!)EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED3 months ago in Personal
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While I was sketching in the waiting room, this mom comes in with her two young kids, I'm guessing, around 4 years old. They're obviously nice kids, but being in a doctor's office was upsetting to them, and so, they're carrying on, and the mom is trying her best to keep them from going nuclear.
This wasn't annoying me at all. I'm a dad. I have great empathy for kids, and frankly, I felt like whining at this point, too!
But I thought I could make the situation a little better for the mother and her banshees. So I put away my sketches, and drew a cartoon teddy bear. Then I told the mother that I'm a cartoonist, and that I drew something her kids might like. (I always ask pe
DRAW LIKE A BEGINNERFirst, before the Blog a few items of interest:DRAW LIKE A BEGINNER1 week ago in Personal
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1) I want to invite you to join my new group on Linked in: DRAWING MANGA & CARTOONS. It's for people, like yourselves, who want to network, publicize their art, and look for opportunities to exchange ideas:
2) Does anyone have the time, or interest in starting a new DA group with me, on How-To-Draw techniques and tutorials? O'm looking for someone technically able to do it, who can devote the time to make it successful, and who also can stay involved in it.
3) Can anyone please tell me how to advertise a drawing contest on other groups? I've got one coming up, where I'm going to give away prizes to the top two contestants.
HERE'S THE BLOG:
DRAW LIKE A BEGINNER
I'm often asked if, as a professional cartoonist, if I actually draw the way I teach other people how to draw in my How-To-Draw cartoons and manga books. Okay, I'll explain, but promise t
MORE MUSINGS ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS...Here's another musing on the creative process. I hope you'll find it helpful, or that it may prompt reflection on how you do what it is that you do. But it's only my opinion. If your experience is different, please consider posting a comment to this journal, so we can learn from each other.MORE MUSINGS ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS...6 months ago in Personal
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Many people view art as an exercise in personal catharsis, in that the more one expresses his or her feelings, the better the outcome will be. I don't subscribe to this line of thinking. In fact, I believe it to be a handicap. Yes, drawing is about producing a mood, a feeling, or an effect - but in others, not in yourself. It's like being the host of a party. Your job is to make sure everyone is introduced, that there's enough food, that it's served on time, and that everyone is enjoying themselves. If you enjoy the party too, that's even better. But your enjoyment cannot come before the job of hosting.
I learned this while working as a screenwriter with director Michael Ritchie, who, co