A collection of doodles with a bit of commentary by RICK GREEN - your cartooning friend

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sneak Peek 3

I started on the coloring last night (Thurs- day night). I always have to start in the top left corner and work my way across and down. That way I don't smear the ink and pencil marks as I work on it.

The face, of course, is the most important part and takes the greatest amount of time. I think I've gotten better at these faces since I've really got into doing these caricatures these past two years. My opinion is that this one is coming out pretty good.

This is a photograph of the illustration and so, after fiddling with it in my computer, the colors are still not quite right. It will look better when I actually get a scan done.

8 comments:

Chris H said...

It's looking good. What is the LAST thing you do? Is it EGGY???

Laughing....

Dot O said...

This is really looking great!

noexcuses said...

Wow! This is going to be one of your finest! Nice job!

Terri and Bob said...

You are doing great! Guess what, though??? Bob has decided NOT to retire this year so I guess it will be a birthday present instead! He has been in education 30 years, 15 years at this school but he loves his job (Can you imagine, 15 years with 12-14 year olds and still loves it???) so he decided to stay. It is looking great!

Amy Jo said...

I love the assertive discipline on the little paddle! My favorite part though is the worm! :) Looks very nice...I am sure that he will LOVE it!

Erika Jean said...

Only half done and it looks awesome! On average, how long does it take you to plan/draw one of these?

Rick said...

To Erika, the Desert Explorer, Jean: It's hard for me to say how long they take. It varies from illustration to illustration. Since it's just a hobby I can't stay at it all the time. Also, the amount of details in a drawing varies as well. Then, if I really like a drawing, I can end up spending more time with it because I'm enjoying the piece. Maybe four or five hours to actually draw a good one.

I also spend a lot of time communicating with the client, creating a file on my computer of all the information they give me, surfing the internet for photos that will help me create the drawing. Then there is the packaging and shipping that is involved.

I looked at a lot of photos of one room school houses for this drawing. That's where I got the idea of having a picture of George Washington hanging over the desk.

I probably don't charge enough for the time I put into them, but I have found that if I charge any more the orders suddenly drop off. So, what's a cartoonist to do?

Thanks for checking out my blog. I enjoy looking at yours. You seem like a fun kid. Stay Tooned!!

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

Fascinating... Love all the little details you add in the background. ... Do you have a picture of this gentleman that you work off of???

Have a fun weekend.