Showing posts from July, 2010

Floating sky ship



The problem of contrast and tone . One of the major concerns when drawing comics or images is that of tone and contrast. This is especially true of B&W drawings but to a lesser degree with colour. It is often referred to as ‘tangency’. When you do not have tangency, the lines that you have drawn blend into one another an become hard to decipher. The image is basically flat and hard to read.  A/ This image doesn’t give us enough information; there is no contrast or line variation. B/ This is a little better, with some added line width, but still flat C/ This example is much better, there is line width, hatching and cross hatching, and areas of black. This helps us discern where the objects are sitting.  D/ This example uses screen dots to create a grey tone that gives us contrast. Notice how I’ve placed the black differently in this picture. The picture is a little flatter than ‘C’ but still works. This method could be used for stylistic purposes. E/ In this example I have gone too

How to books

When you teach drawing you are constantly trying to find new ways to reach people and explain the art of drawing. I have always had an interest in how to books and usually find them fairly lame and usually are not as good as you think they are going to be (I go by tip number 1 always). Here are some of my personal tips when looking at 'how to draw' books 1-Look at the Art, does it look good to you? Not just technically good or commercially good, but inspirationally good to you. If the Art does not grab you then what will this person have to teach you? (I do not think this applies to real life teachers though) 2-Do the pictures in the book truely show how to cartoon or are they just excuses to showcase the artists work 3-Are there more examples of Art than just the Authors, does it compare different approaches or art styles. (They mostly do not, and I find that limiting) 4-Can you get the book for free, say from a friend or library or online? The book may not be worth


It's a girl! Zoey Clara, born 15th July 12:05am, 9lbs 5oz. All well!

Twisted sense of humour

Dedicated to Harvey Pekar

Weekly times interview

I was interviewed by the Weekly Times newspaper in relation to some workshop I will be running at the local Art gallery and cartooning and comics. I really happy with how the article was written up from what we talked about on the phone. I find it funny that the listed Smurfs and He-man as early influences, I was put on the spot to list some 80's cartoons after saying I watching a lot of media as a kid.

Rejected comic

Rejected comic for the next Going down swinging

Zines n stuff

Working at the State Library of Victoria with their zine collection has been a exposure to Austrlaian zines. I get to look through them all and figure when and where they were made and by who, which is not always easy, but it is fun. Cataloguing the zines made me realise even further the value of self publishing as an end in itself. A lot of the time self publishers (myself included) self publish with the aim of being discovered by a publisher, or in other words self publish as a means to being 'professionally' published. But I can see a real value in azine that is just itsown little thing not trying to be anything else, just zines being zines. If that makes sense. I may be helping out with a new Australian comics collection, which is mainly being sourced from Minotaur comics in Melbourne; if you want your to be included send it into Minotaur with a note it is for the SLV collection, be sure to arrange stocking details with Minotaur if you have never stocked with them in the

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