My life as a cartoonist usually involves thinking outside the box. However, today it involved carrying the box (and drawing on it, too!)
For a cartoon artist, there's nothing like a bit of leisure travel to spark new creativity and some more funny drawings. Here's a collection of my latest travel-inspired drawings.
This cartoon sketch sums up my work week well. I guess you can say that a life spent creating makes me want to jump for joy!
I was away from home these past two weeks playing with the New York City Ballet up in Saratoga, NY. With 3 rehearsals and seven shows per week, there was not a whole lot of time for sketching or cartooning. Being in a hotel and having maid service and the chance to watch late night TV in bed was a nice perk, though. In addition to lots of Food Network shows, my husband and I watched quite a few episodes of Forensic Files. The latter got me thinking about what it takes to be a forensic artist, and if it is something I would ever be interested in doing (or could do.) After digging a little online, I was surprised to learn that there are only about 30 full-time forensic artists working in the US. The field is obviously tiny and highly specialized. According to this article, becoming a forensic artist is usually somewhat of a round-about process which almost always involves working for law enforcement in a different capacity. I was also intrigued to read about Lois Gibson, one of the most famous and successful forensic artists in the business today. The importance of having people skills – forensic artists need to be highly empathetic listeners – combined with having artistic know-how would certainly be an interesting challenge.
For fun (and since I only did ONE cartoon sketch last week, tsk tsk), I asked my husband if he would participate in an experiment with me. I asked him to think of someone, take a quick look at a picture of them, and then describe their face to me from memory. I did all of the questioning and tried not to ask leading questions (i.e. instead of “Were their eyes brown?”, I asked “Do you recall the color of their eyes?”)
My first sketch (done in pen since that’s what I usually use for my quick sketches) resulted in this image:
My husband then told me that the nose was too high, the jaw-line should be thinner, the hairline lower and the hair “more wild.” The second “blind” sketch resulted in this:
After he told me that he had been thinking of Leonard Berstein, we checked my sketch against photos of Berstein. I think there is a bit of a likeness. For sure, the exercise was thought-provoking and fun all around!
Life is well and good,
In the Brooklyn hood.
If you're in any doubt,
Beards are in, hair is out.
A wrinkle here and there gives the needed flair...
I find sketching profiles sometimes problematic. However, this one seemed to flow...maybe because my subject was so pretty?
Although there's only ONE man in my life, I still love to "ogle" the interesting specimens around me (for sketch book purposes, of course!)
At the Milwaukee airport…
Somewhere in the air over the Midwest.
P.S. My next sketches will hail from overseas. Stay tuned to find out where I’m going…