Frome With a View: Work in Progress

At the end of last year, the boyf, dog and I moved to Frome, a small town in Somerset (and thankfully, given the deluge, on a hill.). It’s a creative place and I found out about Frome Open Studios through a meeting of artists in The Old Bath Arms (most meetings seem to happen in pubs here – I went to Green Drinks last night and that was in The Archangel). A couple of weeks later, I was enrolled and committed to doing an exhibition in July. It’s called Frome With a View (Frome is pronounced Froom) and it is going to be about the town from a cartoonist’s perspective.

Here’s one of my first sketches:

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The Art of Cartooning & Illustration: Creating a Comic Strip

The Art of Cartooning & Illustration has been published by Walter Foster and I got my copy this week. It looks great – my chapter on creating comic strips is beautifully laid out and there are other sections on character development, lettering, editorial, caricatures and everything the aspiring cartoonist might want to learn more on.

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In my chapter, I create a new comic strip featuring a girl and an alien.

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I go through some of the do’s and don’ts of comic strips.

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And I detail how I process my strips from scanning them into the computer to sending them off to the syndicate.

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I’m really happy how it looks in print, particularly all the screenshots.

You can read more about the book at the Walter Foster site here.

King Features’ Cartoonists’ Work Spaces

I love taking a look at where other cartoonists work and can never resist studio tours, which is why I asked intrepid KF reporter, Tea Fougner to investigate where other KF cartoonists work.

I love Terry LaBan’s attic, but Tony DePaul’s workspace was my favourite:

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You can see more here:
http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2014/01/15/ask-a-cartoonist-caution-creators-at-work