Cartooning, as seen from above

This is this week’s Church Times cartoon, in progress mid-morning on Tuesday. The final version is here (Church Times subscribers only I’m afraid). 1. Rough scribbles. The ideas for the five panels, some wording in preliminary form, some layouts. 2. Actual cartoon, pencilled-in, and starting to be inked. I will talk more about paper another…

table on which I draw things

This is this week’s Church Times cartoon, in progress mid-morning on Tuesday. The final version is here (Church Times subscribers only I’m afraid).

1. Rough scribbles. The ideas for the five panels, some wording in preliminary form, some layouts.
2. Actual cartoon, pencilled-in, and starting to be inked. I will talk more about paper another time, but it is A4 file paper of my preferred kind.
3. Rough paper (labelled), so that I don’t smudge the pencil lines I have already drawn. The boxes are cartoon sizes for a previous piece of work.
4. Pen. Artline Drawing System, 0.3, from Cult Pens.
5. Notes / suggestions from editor.
6. Pencil. I generally use an HB. Steadtler Mars Lumograph on this occasion, but I should always use Derwent Graphic really – buying British and all that, also I have been to their pencil museum.
7. Ruler. This is a new one as although I have lots I lose them around the house. See also No 13.
8. Calculator. I use this a lot, mainly for working out relative measurements, so that the cartoon fits the space, and so the different bits fit together. The scientific aspect of the calculator is superfluous.
9. Plate. This contained one of my allotted cookies.
10. Kitchen towel. Mainly for wiping cat hairs off the table.
11. Mats. One for a mug. The other so that I can have two mugs on the go, or a teapot. There is, you will note, also a teaspoon – this is not essential for the cartooning process.
12. Lamp.
13. Eraser. I keep on buying these as I lose them around the house (see also No 7). Make unimportant but it needs to be a proper drawing one from an art shop to give precise and clean erasing.
14. Notebook. Moleskine sketchbook (plain, with the thicker paper) of the approx A5 size. I take this on the train, to cafes, and on my London lunch breaks to write things down.
15. Cardboard elasticised folder. This also goes lots of places and carries all drawings in progress, paper of the different varieties, etc.
16. Cat. Doesn’t go many places.
17. Pencil case. See-through, so that it can be seen through.
18 ‘Easy peeler’. Still there from the last picture.

7 Comments

  1. Ah, the pencil museum – did you get your photo taken by the largest pencil in the world?
    We even managed to persuade a group of teenagers that it was a great way to spend an afternoon rather than play crazy golf. On reflection the fact that it was raining cats and dogs at the time might have had some influence on that decision.

  2. I think I haev found one of those lost rulers it is under the plate and calculator…no wait it is a metal rather than a transparent plastic one. Fly swat?

  3. Only thing missing from depiction: the resident active imagination. Please supply rendering of item 19!

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