Because they seem to keep flowing out of my pen in all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnicities (and even species!) and aren’t showing any signs of stopping!
Each of the characters below could star in their own cartoon short.
Recently, I’ve been really enjoying working through some “how-to” cartoon books by Randy Glasbergen. Glasbergen was a prolific cartoonist who began selling his cartoons at the age of 15 and went on to create thousands of cartoons and comic illustrations for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Harvard Business Review, Woman’s World, and PC Connection among many others. Although he passed away at the very young age of 58, those of us passionate about creating cartoon illustrations can still learn from him via his books and writings about cartooning. Studying with such a master – even if it is now sort of from the great beyond – has been informative, entertaining and vastly helpful. I am immensely grateful that Mr. Glasbergen was so generous with sharing his knowledge and talent!
As you can see, I’ve been diligently doing my homework – which includes making silly faces and sketching the expressions I see in the mirror.
The process has already translated into simpler cartoons in my sketchbook …
(Thank you to my husband who consented to pose for this one!)
And to cartoons with a lot more character!
This past week I played 6 Wicked shows in 4 days…which meant that I had quite a bit of time to kill between shows on the two-service days. Times Square is a lively place, to say the least, and the people watching is always interesting and often entertaining. While I could have sketched some of the topless ladies in the “Free Your Breasts/Free Your Mind” parade (or the man on the opposite side of the street with the “Jesus Saves” sign who was indignantly hurling insults at the parade), I chose to sketch some tamer “specimens.” The open air public park near the Gershwin Theater proved the perfect place to sit and work on some cartoon sketches. Here’s what caught my eye…
A middle-aged theater goer with her water bottle –
A young woman happily talking on her cell phone –
And, a middle-aged Asian man anxiously looking at his cell phone.
“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
(George Bernard Shaw)
On my walk today I headed over to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. The roses are pretty much over, and while the mums have been planted, they won’t be blooming for a few weeks. But there are still plenty of other summer beauties. Here’s what caught my eye:
A lavender striped dahlia…
A monarch butterfly…
A red dahlia…
And a fuchsia dahlia…
Lilies in the lily pond…
And a chirping squirrel high up in the tree above.
I’ve discovered that I’m sort of addicted to sketching in public (or, to be more precise, sketching THE public.) I find it immensely appealing and gratifying because it:
As I flip back through this particular sketchbook I’m transported to our flight to Paris in June and walks along the Seine and in the Jardin du Luxembourg, then back to the cafes along Central Park, then to our hotel room in Saratoga, NY (for lots of TV watching of the Democratic and Republican conventions) and on to a very relaxing week spent in NH at my mom’s cottage. The last few pages are filled with my favorite subject – fellow commuters on the subway as I make my way around NYC.