The first of four installments on my favorite print-based visual storytelling work, where I provide choice images and cleaned-up notes on why I love these works so much. In this post: My story, and Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes.
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”
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.
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”
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)”
Check out my updated Watterson sketchbook page for a third week of entries.
Check out my second week’s worth of Watterson environmental studies.
The first week’s worth of Watterson-style environmental ink drawings is now posted on its own sketchbook page. Read more about the project and view the drawings.
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”