Cartooning Tip #2

April 18, 2016

ToonQuote:Hinds-BlogClick image to enlarge. This cartoon tip originally appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The Cartoon!st, the newsletter of the National Cartoonists Society. All series images and texts are copyright © 2016 by the artist.


Based On Real People

February 27, 2013

This is an edited re-post from June 20, 2008

My Sunday “Lonely Guy” activity is to read the New York Times and watch C-Span 2 Book TV, muted. If I glance something interesting on the screen — Christopher Hitchens, say, ranting about why we should be in Iraq — I may bring up the sound. That seldom happens. Most Sundays, only the rustle of newsprint is heard in my living room. Sometimes, though, the thing on TV that catches my eye is the shape of a nose, or a hairstyle, or an odd mouth and I feel a powerful urge to draw it — and the rest of the head. So I open my sketchbook, select a soft pencil from the coffee mug on the table by my chair, and set out to prove once again that I’m not only the world’s worst caricaturist, but should also get a medal for being the slowest. Of course, the nice thing about sketching talking heads on TV is they hold still for long periods, which means I can take all the time I need to get it wrong.

I have no idea why I doodled all that stuff on the sides, or wrote “The Other End” at the bottom, but I do enjoy making those little “drop” shadows under the letters. The thing that drives me mad, though, is that I have no memory of who most of the people are. (Memo to self: Keep better sketchbook notes). All I know for sure is that these folks appeared on C-Span 2 sometime in December, 2006. Also, I’m pretty sure the guy on the top left is a well-known newsman, one of the Kalb brothers, but which one? And the blond woman near the bottom of the left column is an expert on world religions. Interesting face, and I loved the informed talk she gave (I have the sound up while I sketch). Of course, all this assumes that I managed a passing likeness of at least those two.

Copyright © 2013 Jim Sizemore.

Today’s Doodle

September 17, 2008

Based On Real People

Six in a series of “talking heads” done quickly—perhaps 30 to 60 seconds each— from the television screen on a Sunday afternoon. These folks most likely appeared on CSPAN2 Book TV, my source for people who hold still, more-or-less. Speed was the point here, not the likeness (although that would have been nice), nor was the “who,” “what,” “where” or “when” the point of the exercise. . . So a reasonable question then becomes: What was the point? Copyright © 2008 Jim Sizemore.


Mort Cohen’s VP Doodle

July 19, 2008

After reading my July 18, 2008 request for doodles, Mort Cohen sent along the above caricature attached to an e-mail message. (Many thanks, Mort.) He says he was playing around in Photoshop, electronically doodling, trying to figure out different ways to color the image, and came up with this enhancement to our own Vice President Cheney. I think it’s a very good likeness and I’m also intrigued by the “fog” or “mist” of color from which the VP appears to be emerging. Since Mort doesn’t tell us what it is, we’re free to speculate. Does the fog/mist represent Truth, Beauty and the American Way, or is our VP wandering around in some sort of moral fog? It’s always fun when an artist gives us an opportunity to participate in his or her creative process. Mort didn’t nail it down so we get to collaborate; it’s our call. What do you think the blue mist is? Meanwhile, if you’d like to have your own doodle published on DoodMeister.com, send it to: jimscartoons@aol.com. Your submission will be my permission to post.