Monday, November 01, 2010
Cartooning 101: The Process
So, from the figures accompanying this post, you are guessing that I came up with the brilliant idea of using a cartoon for this subject? Well, not right away. I actually did a bad thing, and changed the subject, ignored the request, and knowing that the deadline was passing quickly, figured the idea would be dropped, or forgotten. I do not recommend this technique to you! In my defense, we were past the deadline, and there were several other pieces to create. I was up every night from 1 to 4 in the morning for a week past the initial deadline, trying to finish enough art for the magazine to be it's best.
The subject of dunnage, however, returned. And returned. I couldn't blow it off forever, so it haunted me until it hit me one night, tossing an turning, the above idea for a cartoon. Many a creative person will tell you that a little alcohol and some tossing and turning in bed, mixed with the desperation of a deadline, can be inspiring.
Right. Another Yes-it-can-work-but-there-are-no-guarantees idea. Actually, a good night's sleep and a sober head should be great for ideas, but when the first deadline passes, and the second deadline passes, and you haven't slept for a week and you need a fine beer to relax, well.. sometimes you get lucky. You also get ideas like The Statue of David, A Blowup Doll, and a Traffic Cone, which can make you shudder in horror in the golden light of daytime.