I was once asked to be a guest teacher for a 4th grade class, and a little girl asked me what was the best pencil to draw with.  I replied, “the one that’s in your hand.”  That’s a fine answer for the 4th grade, but I can  elaborate, knowing that there’s a wide range of pencils to choose from.

As you know, a pencil is a stick of wood with a graphite core, what we call “pencil lead”.  No, the element Lead is not in a pencil.  It’s what graphite was called when it was first discovered (and that was a mistake, corrected years later).  But the phrase stuck.  Read More→

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The other day, as I was poking around through Staples Business Depot looking for office supplies, I noticed that they had a special running on Multi-Purpose Printer Paper. They were selling packs of paper at a clearance price of $4.99, so I scooped one up. A ream (pack) of 500 sheets of paper is cheaper than most sketchbooks I’ve seen in the Art Supply stores I go to.

I couldn’t help but compare the different mediums. Most beginners think paper is paper. But there is some considerations the cartoonist has to think about when they choose their supplies to draw cartoon characters.

So let’s go through the Most Suitable Paper for how to draw a cartoon. Read More→

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May
09

Report from TCAF

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Hi everybody.  I just got back from a very well spent Saturday at TCAF, where I caught up with some extremely cool and talented artists.  They’re inspiration for me to keep drawing and improving, and when you see their work, you’ll be inspired too. Read More→

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Getting set for a day of drawing? Then warm up with a loose hero! Or villain, or sidekick, or whatever. The idea is to play for a bit and get your creativity flowing.

Yes, I said PLAY!

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There’s an easy tool that’s used by professional artists to help design their cartoon characters, especially when it comes to drawing them in multiple views.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and it guarantees accuracy in lining up features like eyes, noses, ears, and other body parts.

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