- Arts and Design
How to draw a cartoon...ist (out of obscurity)
I decided to make a come back, of sorts.
I've been concentrating on illustration and t shirt design, but I decided to get back to where I started.
Humorous illustration and cartoons. The cartoon to the left is one I sold to Bostonia magazine, in
the 90's. I receieved $ 200.00, the most I've made on one drawing, so far! I also sold them another
cartoon, which I will post below.
Funny sells, sometimes.
I've been told I'm funny, this is where someone feels the need to say, "yeah, looking". Then you politely laugh. I took it so serious that I packed my bags and went to Hollywood to do stand up comedy. Not only did I go to Hollywood to get up on stage for the first time, but I got up at the famous
"Comedy Store". Yeah, I didn't take the time to do it right and work my material out locally, I went right for the big time. I did pretty good too, but not good enough. Still, it's nothing I regret. I tried something and it was fun and I was glad I did it. It was a great experience. So I came home and sulked a bit and got over it. I also was always into art and drawing. So I decide to combine the two. I started drawing cartoons. I did it for about 6 month's before I sold one, but it was a biggie. I received two hundred dollars for my first cartoon at Bostonia magazine, the B U alumni magazine.
I then sold them another one. I sold to two other magazines and did a humorous illustration for "Midwest Today". I never did get paid for the midwest today illustration, oh well. I was new and I was not very experienced and had a dispute with the owner, which was not a wise idea, just starting out and all.
I was married at the time and it wasn't enough to pay the bills, so I went back to Carpentry. I still would draw now and then, but never sold another cartoon. Now I have plenty of time on my hands, so I have been designing t shirts through zazzle and Cafepress, but the t shirts I sold
were not humorous at all, they were for the 99% protests.
I decided to do it once more. I decided to use my sense of humor again. I mean, it worked before, some what. So, why not try it again.
I've been on a cartoon kick and I think I'm coming up with some new and good ideas and revamping some old ones. If nothing else, it's
fun. Hopefully, it will be fun and rewarding. I'm keeping the art simple this time, rather than concentrate so much on the art.
I've noticed the simple things seem to sell the best. Which is fine by me. It sure makes it easier.
I started looking in to going back to selling gag cartoons, but the magazine market, it seems, has dried up. I've decided to stay with selling
t shirts, but concentrate more on humorous ones, rather than artistic or weird.
I'm going to post some of my ideas and I hope you like them and will comment on them.
Below is the other cartoon I sold to Bostonia Magazine.
Where to sell your cartoons, plus tips and tricks links
You can sell your cartoons on t shirts, gifts and stationary at the following links
Here's a link to more cartoons and illustrations, one is a little adult and I made this lens rated G.