watterson, crumb, and conversations of 1

This comics essay recaps reflections I made during my graduate program about cartoonists and audience, including an unexpected connection between cartoonists I had never held in the same light. I chose a straightforward layout, partly to account for the essay format’s consistent narration, but also as an additional reference to the work of R. Crumb.Continue reading “watterson, crumb, and conversations of 1”

wattersmith part 3: comparing watterson and smith

To add one more layer of reflection to my environmental recreations from Bill Watterson and Jeff Smith, I attempted a Calvin & Hobbes drawing in a Bone-like style and vice versa. This really helped bring to light the physical and psychological differences when drawing from each artist. Read on for reflections on the work.

wattersmith part 2: reflections on drawing jeff smith

Next in my reflections on drawing environments in the working style of some of my favorite cartoonists: Jeff Smith and his classic Bone. (Read my Bill Watterson reflections in case you missed them.) JEFF SMITH, BONE Tools and Process (gleaned from an interview of Jeff Smith by Sardinian Connection) Really loose or sparse penciling, moreContinue reading “wattersmith part 2: reflections on drawing jeff smith”

wattersmith part 1: reflections on drawing bill watterson

Starting back in December of 2013, I began a daily drawing practice focused on environments by some of my favorite comic artists. By now I’ve accumulated a sketchbook on Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) and Jeff Smith (Bone). Taking on the tools, working processes, and styles of two other artists has been a challenge, butContinue reading “wattersmith part 1: reflections on drawing bill watterson”

watterson sketchbook: week 4 (final)

Goodnight Calvin and Hobbes. With this week’s sketchbook additions comes the end of my Watterson studies, at least for now. It has been a wonderful experience, and I’ve come to appreciate its daily presence. I forgot how much I missed seeing Watterson’s work every morning – just like I did after he originally ended theContinue reading “watterson sketchbook: week 4 (final)”

it’s a start

I’m trying something on my dudeldopp tumblr. By now I’ve come to recognize that drawing environments and inking intimidate me. I generally avoid doing “backgrounds” because I find I’m not very good at them. I’ll only ink drawings I’ve already done, in great detail, with pencil – again, because I’m not very good with ink.Continue reading “it’s a start”