Monday, January 19, 2015

Inking Comics

Here's an outstanding page from last semester's Inking Comics course by outstanding student, Peter Shevenell.

(c) Peter Shevenell 2014

As in my Figure Drawing for Cartoonists course, the projects and exercises alternate between work drawn from imagination and drawings made from observation. Studying the way things really look in various light situations provides necessary training and a fund of strategies for designing pictures from the mind's eye.

(c) Peter Shevenell 2014

(c) Peter Shevenell 2014

And the course offers other challenges, too, such as studying from master cartoonists and solving worksheets.

My courses begin next week and are enrolling now. Cartooning is a welcoming way to get your ideas down on paper. Its primary subject is the figure. Its primary medium is ink.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My 3 cartooning courses are enrolling right now at SVA.

Dear world, come see me this Tuesday at SVA's Illustration and Cartooning Information Session. Tell your NYC cartoonophile friends. I'll be showing student work and talking about Inking Comics, Cartooning Basics, and Figure Drawing for Cartoonists.
Tuesday, January 13
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
209 East 23rd Street, room 311, 3rd floor.

Friday, January 9, 2015

French Revolutions for Beginners

As we've just been painfully reminded,  France has a long tradition of provocative cartooning. This is my homage to Charles Philipon, who was jailed for making and publishing caricatures of the last French king.

I've been wanting to post some images from the new book I've illustrated from For Beginners Books, French Revolutions for Beginners.

Author Michael LaMonica did a great job bringing the history to life and showing how ideas fought over then are still vital and contested, and how political struggles they introduced are still unresolved.

As you might expect, I drew lots of severed heads in the early chapters.

This history spans the runup to the revolution in the 1780s, on through the massacre of the Communards in 1871. It's a story I'd long wanted to know more about. I was grateful for the excuse to delve a little deeper.

The "Flight to Varennes," when the royal family failed to escape the country.

British cartoonists named this man, "Little Boney."

"Louis the Large," first king of The Restoration.

A famously witty and oft-quoted callous asshole.

If you're curious like me, you'll want to check this out. Actually, to do that, you'll need to request that your local library acquire a copy (not a bad idea). Or maybe get one for yourself or for a comrade.