Since the first of this month, I’ve been looking forward to a kind of special day. But today I realized that my special day passed with out me realizing it. May 23 2014 is the day that my first editorial cartoon was published. May 23 2015 – I was super busy and completely forgot about my cartooniversary. 😦
Oh well. My next cartoon will be my 100th published cartoon. I guess I can celebrate that, hopefully on Friday.
I was planning to do a special blog post about cartooning for the last year. I’m kinda bummed about missing the day so I don’t really want to write much… So instead I’ll leave you with a comic strip glimpse of what comes with cartooning.
Social Distractions - by Nezumi - Reconstructing Wonderland - comic strip
Nezumi’s cartooning essentials:
My cartoons for the Mariana’s Variety Guam Edition are published in black and white. This makes my essential supply list pretty simple. I sketch with a basic Steadtler HB pencil. I add the grippies because they’re a lot more comfortable when you’re drawing for a while. I use two different erasers. While I’m sketching I use the Pentel Clic Eraser 2 and to erase the sketch after I finish inking I use the Pentel Black eraser. Sakura Microns are great for inking. I really want to get one of their brush pens. I use an assortment of Sharpies when I’m making really bold lines and coloring in large spaces. Sometimes I use my black Copic for large fields too. My white Gelly Roll is the icing on my cartoon cake and occasionally an inky oops corrector.
Nezumi’s cartooning extras:
When I first started cartooning I inked with dip pens and brushes. This was how I had grown used to illustrating so I thought it would be okay with my cartooning. I quickly learned that it was not convenient or time efficient. I don’t always get to cartoon at my drafting table and I don’t want to have to pull out ink bottles, pen holders and nibs at my day job. I mean they’re cool, but not that cool. I do miss the sound of nibs on paper though.
Sometimes after I’ve sent in my cartoon, I color them for fun. Copics and Inktense pencils are awesome for doing that. I need to work on an adult satire based coloring book. Would that be a hit? What are your favorite creative supplies?