Cartooning 101 with Prof. Brunetti: Pt. 2

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Ivan BrunettiReally, kids, why throw away another twenty thousand bucks on art school, when the faculty at UTDC has you covered for no money down? Visiting professor, Ivan Brunetti, presents the second round of his syllabus for his upcoming mini-course in Comic Art Magazine.

After the jump, the good professor explains the importance of a sketchbook to this course, and sports analogies abound—okay, one sports analogy, but that’s enough, right?


[Read Part One]


The sketchbook is, in many ways, the backbone of this course. Now, you do not have to purchase an expensive sketchbook if you find that too paralyzing (I know I do); even a cheap notebook (or set of notebooks) will do. Ruled or unruled paper, large or small, it really does not matter as long as you feel comfortable. You will use it to work on the exercises, make thumbnails (and in some cases the final art) for the assignments, and any other writing and drawing you wish. The importance of drawing in your sketchbook, even if it is simply some crude scribbles and scrawls, for a little bit every day cannot be underestimated. Just as a professional athlete has to perform some sort of physical exercise each day, so, too does the cartoonist constantly have to draw, whether it be absent-minded doodling or detailed drawings from life.

So, then, you are no doubt wondering if is this primarily a drawing class or a writing class. Well, it is both and neither. The goal of this course is to fuse elements of both writing and drawing into another form altogether: cartooning. We will use pictures as words, and words as pictures. If you follow the advice presented herein, you will begin to see the world with a cartoonist’s eyes.

Although technical expertise in drawing is by no means a prerequisite, if you practice drawing from observation (from life, photos, other art, or whatever is at hand), you will necessarily learn to construct pictures. Even the most simplified and “cartoony” drawings will have a compelling presence and solidity. The ultimate goal is to make your drawings “readable,” to communicate what you are trying to express.