Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti

By Ivan Brunetti

The most sensible cartooning is effective visible storytelling—it is as a lot an issue of writing because it is of drawing. during this ebook, famous cartoonist and illustrator Ivan Brunetti offers fifteen designated classes at the paintings of cartooning, guiding his readers via wittily written passages on cartooning terminology, strategies, instruments, and thought. Supplemented by means of Brunetti's personal illustrations, ready particularly for this e-book, those classes flow the reader from spontaneous drawings to single-panel strips and intricate multipage stories.

Through easy, artistic workouts and assignments, Brunetti deals an unintimidating method of a fancy artwork shape. He seems on the rhythms of storytelling, the demanding situations of personality layout, and the formal components of comics whereas composing pages in his personal iconic kind and experimenting with numerous instruments, media, and methods. by way of following the author's refined and fascinating viewpoint at the artwork of cartooning, aspiring cartoonists of every age will hone their craft, create their own type, and notice their very own visible language.

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Make sure to have a dense variety of drawings, arranged into a harmonious composition. You may cut and paste from many separate sheets of paper or draw on only one sheet, using some sort of a grid system or a more free-form arrangement, but combine all the drawings into one overall image that has some sort of organizing principle. Hint: you can draw at a larger size, and reduce the image via a photocopier. 2 Collect 12 small objects that have some element or quality in common, and bring them along to next week’s lesson.

WEEK 2 SIN G L E - PA N E L C A R T O O N S This week we will focus on composing a single image that tells a story, and we will also begin to incorporate words as an integral part of the whole. Because we will not always be able to stand over the shoulders of our readers, explaining to them what they are seeing and what it all means, we must develop the ability not only to draw clearly, but also to compose the image so that it makes visual and narrative sense. It is at this early stage that I begin to ask tougher questions of the students: What exactly am I looking at here?

If you ink with a brush, the vellum surface might be better for you. If you really get deeply into this whole comics racket, you might also invest in the 3-ply or even 4-ply Bristol boards, which are much stiffer than 2-ply. They look and feel weightier (because they actually are). When you are just starting out, 2-ply is fine (and in fact many cartoonists never use anything heavier than that). In any case, Strathmore is the best brand, I have found. Illustration board (if you don’t want to use Bristol board) Get the “hot press” kind, which is smoother and works best with India ink.

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