Carl Rustung

Just started on a 15-week (15 years, with my tempo) program of creative exercises, taken from a book about cartooning. They range from spontaneous drawing to multi-page comic spreads. This week, I’ve been using a timer.

The book, by the way, is called “Cartooning: Philosophy and practice” by Ivan Brunetti. I picked up a copy last year after seeing it mentioned in Lynda Barry’s “Syllabus”.

Exercise 1.1 is simple enough: draw some cars, cats, castles, telephones and self-portraits. The kicker is that you’re on a timer set for 4 minutes, then 2, then 1 – then 30, 15 and 5 seconds.

Left: 4 minute car. Right: 5 second car.

Seeing the difference is fun, but it’s not like the drawings automatically get worse as they’re drawn faster. Inversely, they gain a something the “prettier” drawings don’t always have. My personal favorites all came from the 1-minute and 30-second sessions.

Gary Panter puts it nicely:

[...] drawing very realistically with great finesse can sometimes produce dead uninteresting drawings — relative, that is, to a drawing with heart and charm and effort but no great finesse.







Sehesteds plass

Tried my hand at some lunch break “urban sketching” outside the office. (Didn’t anticipate the big, blue, delivery truck stopping right in my face.)

Character Jam à la Barry

Was trying to pull off one of Lynda Barry’s class exercises on my own, but it was tricky. Spent an evening hacking together a substitute for friends so I could do a solo “Character Jam”.

Inking practice

Busted out a pad of transparent paper to get a feel for the “old-school ways” of making comics and non-digital inking.