Meet talented humorist illustrator Dave Garbot—author of the Walter Foster series, Cartooning for Kids! A Portland, Oregon native, Dave is currently maintaining his studio in Ohio, though he misses his home in the Northwest. He is a frequent contributor in children's publishing, advertising, character development, stylish lettering, games, fun maps, and has done work for Walter Foster Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Harper Collins, Penguin Press, Scholastic, Klutz Press, Sterling Publishing, Parenting Press, and Adison Wesley to name a few. I had the opportunity to chat with him about his latest title, Mean 'N' Messy Monsters, as well as his inspiration as an illustrator.
Our first drawing lesson is about to begin, and that can be kind of scary if you're first starting out. Don't worry about how nice your drawing looks or whether your lines are perfectly straight. When drawing monsters, the messier and squigglier the better! Follow the steps and your monster will appear right before your very eyes (or eye)!
Anyone who reads the Sunday comics sees the most common type of cartoon strips, which employ speech balloons. The balloon appears above the head of the character speaking, and the dialogue is usually the focus of the gag, with the drawn cartoon reinforcing the humor. It's a fun challenge to create a comic that requires both the speech balloon and the illustration in order for the humor to work.
Looking at Jim McConlogue's stunning landscapes and seascapes it is hard to believe him when he says that he started out just like everybody else. "So many people believe that they can't do it. But you aren't given the ability to draw a landscape. Those are things you teach yourself. I try to help them believe that they can do it."
In the Studio
Meet Alex Hallatt—artist and contributor to The Art of Cartooning and Illustration.
Last week we introduced how to draw Howie from Almost Naked Animals, and this week we have a few new ideas for drawings of Howie to add to your illustrator repertoire.
"Follow along as talented cartoonist Tim van de Vall guides you through a series of fun step-by-step projects that range from a typical dad and doting pup to a pirate princess and rogue space alien. Simple instruction, inspiring artwork, and helpful tips make Creative Cartooning a must-have resource for any aspiring cartoonist!"
Teaching children how to draw and paint can be a funny (and sometimes messy!) experience. Cartooning is a silly way to introduce art concepts as well as storytelling concepts to young artists. Plus, who doesn't love a good joke?
We can't get enough of our fun-loving friends from the Banana Cabana, and now we have the opportunity to create and draw our own adventures for these playful and quirky characters. Almost Naked Animals debuted on Cartoon Network in 2011 and quickly rose to earn a spot as one of the Top 20 shows on the network for boys ages 6 and older.
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