Recent panel for the newspaper feature, and another installment in the growing beard series. Doesn't really matter what the implement, there's something so inherently satisfying in rendering lots and lots of hair. I'm living in the right place it seems.
Speaking of textures, I really love pen + ink, and to be able to let that come across in a classroom studio setting is always a real treat.
Seeing results in the work of students just feeds right back into the loop and inspires in turn. Posted here are some sample excerpts from the critter spot illustration assignment, a favorite time of the semester.
And what could I possibly add to the years of posts on how simply awesome it is to see it all channeled into comics. Just outstanding and wonderful.
Not to mention the pure practicality and relative cheapness of the medium. Nothing like sharing living space with, say, a potter for example, to make one have a keener appreciation at the logistics and convenience of being a cartoonist - at the least when it comes to storage of your art.
Besides also being a great place to hang out and draw, conversations can sometimes be thought provoking. No shortage of issues and opinions in the art world, especially as of late.
Recently busted a student working on her math homework while it art class. One way to get a gold star.
Been thinking lately about one of the underground cartoonists I used to collect (The Checkered Demon comix), S. Clay Wilson.
Referring to his and the Zap crew's status in art circles, S. Clay Wilson himself said:
“If you’re not good enough to be a cartoonist, maybe you can be an artist.” It’s the same old dirty coin. There’s all this snobbery involved in both directions. People want everything in neat, safe categories and have things explained to them, like this interview.
So you think being a “cartoonist” counts against you?
No, I think it’s favorable. Artists? Who ain’t an artist? But you meet a cartoonist. “Oh really?” Art can be anything, right? - The Comics Journal