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alkratzer
10-26-2010, 02:10 PM
I saw some discussion of using ArtRage for cartoons and I decided to try my hand.

About 15 years ago when I was a cartoonist, I had a gag writer (whose name escapes me at the moment) approach me to draw up some of his ideas for magazine cartoons. I did about a dozen roughs from his ideas. (In the magazine world you would submit roughs and only do a final if it was sold)

My own cartooning method was to draw roughs, put them on a light table and then ink/trace the drawing for the final -- that way you have no pencil lines to erase. I took a scan of one of these old roughs and brought it into AR, using a layer and the smoothing pen to trace it out. Then added some watercolor washes for the shading.

I'm more than a bit rusty, but I think it's not too bad as a proof of concept to the approach. Al

MJSparks
10-26-2010, 02:25 PM
Looks really good. I know it's certainly possible to do cartooning type things in AR3 and looking at this one cinches it up.

I'm missing your usually bright colors though.;)

AT-TA
10-26-2010, 02:41 PM
I too, think it is very good, Al.

screenpainter
10-26-2010, 08:02 PM
I suppose this is a play on the saying "real men don't eat quiche" I think that was a popular saying in the eighties?
you drew it well Al.

wenkat
10-26-2010, 08:39 PM
I like them and my love for cartoons always grows with the good ones like yours!:)

Caesar
10-26-2010, 09:34 PM
AR is definitely very good for cartoonist in most of the styles, or in any of them, I'm quite sure. Moreover ... You're not rusty at all!

Mike Severoff
10-27-2010, 12:55 AM
Simply perfectly!

barnburner
10-27-2010, 01:23 AM
I like it! Well done Al..:)

ScottF
10-27-2010, 04:40 AM
Would love to see more of your cartooning skills, Al--that is, if you´re still interested in doing them. ;) I agree with MagenSparks: it seems odd to look at your work when there´s none of your signature color.

alkratzer
10-27-2010, 10:55 AM
Thanks to all who stopped to look and comment. For those desiring color, here's an example of my color work from back in the mid-90s when I did a lot of cartoons for Sports Illustrated's website. This was after the first Holyfield/Tyson fight -- everyone (myself included) figured Holyfield was dead meat, but he KO'd Tyson to take the title. Al

MJSparks
10-27-2010, 11:29 AM
Really cool stuff! Thanks for showing us some color. :)

justjean
10-27-2010, 12:54 PM
Al, these are great, hope you post more :)

Caesar
10-27-2010, 07:50 PM
Dear Al, being also old enough knowing what You vignetted about here :D:p, I find this amazingly witty and funny and the caricatures perfectly recognizable :eek: :cool: notwithstanding the economy of signs and traits You used.
SUPER!

alkratzer
11-07-2010, 04:42 AM
Here's a few more from my Sports Illustrated days, some illustrations that I did for Nerdy Books (computer manuals) and a cartoon from Editor and Publisher (1995)

coops
11-07-2010, 06:12 AM
These are all so funny Al and so very well drawn, keep them coming its good to smile:)

Jono
11-07-2010, 06:22 AM
These are really great, :D you have a real gift and thanks also for sharing your working method.

I like the ones in colour, but for me, your first mono ink pen one is my favourite. Maybe because I'm a bit of a traditionalist :eek: but it seems to capture the character and spontaneity of the moment without the distraction of colour. Look forward to seeing more :D

Mike Severoff
11-07-2010, 10:30 PM
wonderful cartoons. I liked everything!

Caesar
11-08-2010, 10:18 AM
I'm in awe in front of Your pro vignette, dear Al! Funny and smart!

AT-TA
11-08-2010, 10:32 AM
These are so witty and funny, AL, i like them all. Very well drawn.Thumbs up... all four of them......:-)

jibes
11-08-2010, 06:01 PM
Great cartoons and funny too! This makes them extra great! we are in the midst of a pro.

alkratzer
11-09-2010, 05:12 AM
Thank you all for your kind words regarding the 'toons. I was seven when I announced that I was going to be a cartoonist and 25 years later my work was appearing in places like Reuters, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.

Walked away from doing it full time in 1998. Went on to making much more $ as a web designer. The Knockout Cartoon in this post was the last one I sold in 2004. I have not touched a pen since then. Perhaps I should rekindle this ability...