Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I can once again download my newest stuff. I've been drawing awhile now, while taking a hiatus from door to door for the last two weeks. I got a job at a warehouse for a little while, which is intermittent, but with my low rent all is good. I've been imagining in my mind's eye all sorts of weird positions for my characters, and also I've been thinking about the world they inhabit. They are, after all, mostly professionals, and mostly connected to either the courts or politics. I try to have some characters that have other jobs as well, and i'm beginning to experiment with different personalities and their opposition to each other. For example, Hector the Gopher is laid back, while Oscar the Elephant is concerned with bureaucratic propriety.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I've gotten a little side job for a few weeks working in a warehouse, and i've been drawing new toons in the time slot i used to sell them. As you can see, my style is changing, and I hope for the better. I am presently looking for the intrinsic "relationship" between characters and the audience. This semi-mystical aspect of the cartoon art is what makes the difference between a series of Family Guy jokes that have little or no relationship to each other or the situation that exists, and a powerful cartoon that creates situational humor not humor of the absurd or the violent. Which is not to say I am above creating humor using the aforesaid methods, but still, I'm searching for something that is a cross between Vaudeville and Mary Worth, The Three Stooges and Pogo. One aspect that is still lacking, but soon to arrive: the higher authority having say over the forlorn hero. How do I engender a "higher authority" over my Judge? I have to be careful to both Maintain his own air of both self-assured over the top foolishness, and his sense of loss and failure, while creating a greater power over him that has personal power as well as legal power. His wife, Maxine, is a good foil, but I'm still searching for that something. As I think of it, i'm envisioning a Supreme Court filled with sour looking creatures. I will do studies of a Supreme Court bench, from internet pictures, and a few weeks from now I will have a Supreme Court episode.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Well, I'm typing right now from a public library, as my computer has fritzed out. Hopefully it will be repaired shortly. Things are going well, but now I am in the first month where I have rent and bills and I'll have to raise all the money to pay them. I took a three month hiatus from selling, and now I'm in the crunch. Hoping it all goes well, and so far it has: I've been doing okay financially.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
It's been a while since I wrote a blog. Boulder is a nice town, and i've found a place, hopefully long term. I'm healthy, no back problems, pneumonia, etc. I go to social events in town, and I'm hoping to ramp up my cartoon meta-world online, but not sure what steps to take. I'm working on a new approach to my characters, trying to create a "relationship" between my characters and you, the readers. I've been reading Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo and Bloom County, trying to shuss out the character driven nature of the main characters. One gnosis I came to recently: successful cartoon characters have a relationship with the audience.