My Favorite Things – My Ever-Growing Stable of Cartoon Characters

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.  

Enjoy!

crying-baby

passing-the-baton

sale

asleep-on-the-job

prayers

leaky-pipe

shooting-hoops

ostrich-ballerina

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From My Sketchbook – Learning from a Master

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.

cartoon sketching worksheets

Bad news

The process has already translated into simpler cartoons in my sketchbook …

My Husband

(Thank you to my husband who consented to pose for this one!)

 

And to cartoons with a lot more character!

After the workout for blog

 

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Friday’s Thought – New York

Central Park South

“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.”

(Milos Forman)

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From My Sketchbook – Passing Time in Times Square

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 – 

Middle aged woman sitting in park in Times Square

A young woman happily talking on her cell phone – 

Happy girl on her cell phone

And, a middle-aged Asian man anxiously looking at his cell phone.

Asian man contemplating his cell phone

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Friday’s Thought – Heaven within Reach

Mother and child at the Conservatory Garden2

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

(George Bernard Shaw)

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My Favorite Things – Late August in the Conservatory Garden

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…

pink dahlia

A monarch butterfly…

Monarch butterfly

A red dahlia…

red dahlia

And a fuchsia dahlia…

fuschia dahlia

Lilies in the lily pond…

Lily and lily pad

And a chirping squirrel high up in the tree above.

Squirrel in a tree

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From My Sketchbook (What I’m Sketching and Why…)

I filled the last few pages of a Crescent Rendr  Sketchbook yesterday and will start in on a fresh one today.  The Crescent Rendr brand sketchbooks are my go-to sketchbooks because they feature:

  • bleed-proof, wrinkle-free pages which allow you to draw/paint on both sides of each page
  • discreet size (perfect for a pocket or purse)
  • sewn binding for open-flat access

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:

  • forces you to get faster with your gestures
  • puts you in the moment
  • makes waiting for the subway/train/plane fun
  • gives you lots of free subject matter
  • provides a record of your travels

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.

Enjoy!Thin Asian man checking his cellphone

Quick sketch of bald man on the subway

Middle aged woman concentrating

Man in sunglasses riding the subway

Old man on the subway

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