From The Sketch Book

January 11, 2011

Hey, it works for me.

Filed under: Uncategorized — scottnelson @ 2:20 pm

The best way for me to create cartoons and illustrations isn’t to ponder about it over a blank page for an hour over or so.  I simply grab whatever paper is within reach (seems like it’s normally my copier paper) and I just start drawing.  Yesterday I got a call from a customer who requested Father’s Day designs so I grabbed a stack of some Georgia Pacific 75 Lb stock and got busy.  The result is the pile of scratchy ideas in the first photo.  I’d say each image took me no longer than 45 seconds at best.  Now I won’t rework every horrible  sketch here but what it did do is force ideas out of my noggin that might not have happened had I sat around pondering for said hour. Rapid fire sketching results in rapid fire ideas for me.  Now today I’ll start to actually write a word document filled with random Father’s Day card verse  ideas.  Some resulting gags might be inspired by this first batch of sketches, while others will come from another section of my noggin that has nothing to do with my art side.  The end result  is in photos 2.  These are tighter sketches now suitable for showing a publisher.  Some might sell as is.  Others will need to be reworked. While others might eventually be tossed in the circular file.   It’s not common for me to actually mock anything up in color at this point but on occasion I do that too.  Whatever works to get the job done.

So there you go.  This process works for me but that doesn’t mean it’ s the ONLY way.   One of these days I’ll try to get myself an I-Pad and save a few thousands trees.  Leave the Georgia Pacific in the copy machine where it belongs.




1 Comment »

  1. This is great Scott! Love your character design and that daredevil suit ROCKS!

    Comment by jack foster — January 18, 2011 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

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