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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Three Easy Steps to a Sunday Cartoon


Last Sunday's Cul de Sac made me happy, mostly because it started out as a kinda lame idea but ended up being pretty good. And , look, the colors came out pretty!
Above is the first sketch, where I had a vague idea involving Alice barging into Petey's room and annoying him with chatter. It was boring, so I gave her a puppet, which helped, but it didn't come alive until Beni joined her.
When in doubt for a big finish, introduce Dill. But I didn't know what he'd say until the very last minute. Above is the rough I sent my editor; you can see that I added the final comment outside the box. Then I moved it over to Dill's balloon, et voila.

12 comments:

david t said...

very nice to get a window in your creative process. hope we'll get to see more of those. & the gag is very good too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for showing your process. Very interesting and one of the my favorite sundays yet. I can't wait for the next treasury

giulia sagramola said...

wow wow pretty funny as always! I read linus in italian and I'm waiting the day to have a book of cul de sac in italian, I love your worls :)

Jesse C said...

I loved this one!

Tonimar said...

ah ah ah
this one is so funny !!!

... as usual

hungrydog said...

great to see truly rough roughs. I always feel a bit guilty when I send poor Brendan my barely legible pencil scrawl. Piers Baker's roughs are neater than my finished artwork!

Larry Levine said...

Very cool, thank you for sharing your work process--and the fun thumb sketches!!!

Ruben Bolling said...

It's great to see your process here. And it's a great example of the comedy Rule of Three. One annoying kid isn't so funny. Add another annoying kid, and it's a bit funnier. But it's the THIRD annoying kid that strikes comedy gold.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

I love to see how you went about this.

La dee da!

teresa.frog.applause said...

I think the same thing happened to Mr. Rogers once, a hand snafu involving Henrietta Pussycat. That's show biz, Dill.

ross said...

awesome! I love seeing other people's process. Though, to be honest, I expected to see more magic involved ( or some type of idea-generating-chanting at the least ) . I will assume this came before the first sketch.

Don Shank said...

love process sequences!
really great!