Nov 22, 2009
Labels: Original Artwork
Nov 21, 2009
Yes, I'm recycling. Recycling older posts that is, that are a bit harder to find in this blog, but no less important in your education as an artist. Looking at other artists, both good and bad, is a way for you to both broaden your horizons and learn techniques to embrace (as well as avoid).
Why are there so many awful strips out there? Because quality cartooning is HARD, that's why. Coming up with good ideas, funny situations, and truly humorous insight requires a lot of skill, imagination and effort. When you throw in deadlines, it becomes harder to maintain quality, and many artists just illustrate a tired gag and call it a day.
A portfolio is a book of polished, carefully completed work that you show to clients, teachers and prospective employers. A portfolio is something to work and slave over until it is perfect.
Your sketchbook is not your portfolio.
Your sketchbook is a safe place for you to try out new ideas, discard ones that don't work and explore the ideas that have potential. Your sketchbook is your creative workspace where you jot down your thoughts and ideas before you forget them, and work out your inspiration until you're ready to create your concept for real on canvas, Bristol board or high-quality paper.
Your sketchbook is supposed to be messy and filled with half-completed inspiration (as well as completed ones). This is where you let it all hang out, so flex your creative muscles. Check out the post about sketchbooks by clicking on the blog post below:
Your Sketchbook - Your Inspiration