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A Day in the Life
It has come to my attention that some people may be interested in how my editorial cartoons come to life. This is a pretty basic walk though I put together.
The biggest question I get asked is always, where do I get my ideas. The answer is pretty simple, I read the news. It usually doesn’t take too long to find something in the current news that I want to make a comic about. Usually at this point I will sketch some ideas to see what works best as an editorial cartoon.
I will then begin my artwork. Although I lately I have started to sometimes skip this step, I like to start with a traditional pen and ink drawing. I often will draw some things knowing I am going to redraw them in Photoshop once I have scanned it in.
In Photoshop I clean up the artwork, I erase mistakes, straighten lines, change the scale of objects, redraw things that were too sloppy in my original art. Whatever it takes to make the final art work the way I want it to.
The next step is coloring the art. This is where the art really comes to life, and this is usually the step where an idea I was hesitant about will sway me one way or another.
The final step is adding text, text bubbles, and positioning graphic elements like my signature.
From there it is sent off to my editor to run in the newspaper. I don’t often hear anything other than positive feedback from my editor about my cartoons, in the past while I was still learning what worked and what didn’t work, he and I talked quite a bit. But now, I think it has been years since I have been requested to change anything for publication.