The blog of Richard Thompson, caricaturist, creator of "Cul de Sac," and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunday Bonus; Successful Cow Noisemaker

Commentator Ponto mentioned this on a previous post. This one ran in the Post Magazine maybe a year ago. I think we can all feel the dramatic tension here.


Scott Nickel said...

Richard, that's gorgeous!

Sorry I deleted my first post. I asked a stupid question without fully reading your post.

How are you preparing your Sunday strips for American Color? Hand-colored guides or PhotoShop?
(I think Patrick McDonnell creates watercolor guides)

richardcthompson said...

Thanks, Scott. I'm doing a color by number off of a guide sheet. I haven't a clue what I'm doing so far, but sshh, don't tell. And I feel safe with Shawn at American Color keeping his eyes on things.

How do you do it? Photoshop? I haven't learned that yet (I need adult supervision using the scanner). Watercolor I can handle and that's what this one is, and the Post Magazine separated & printed it like an illustration when I did CdS just for them. Which, sadly, can't be done in the regular color funnies.

Hogan's Alley printed one of McDonnell's color guides. Dang his stuff is just the loveliest thing in the Sunday comics.

Scott Nickel said...

Ah...the old numbered color guide. I used that as a jumping-off point, creating a palette in Photoshop with the percentages. I never actually saw any of my Sunday strips printed in a newspaper, so I'm not sure how successful I was. They looked good on my computer screen.

As for Photoshop itself, zillions of cartoonists know how to use it but only about three can use watercolor like you, so I think you're ahead of the game.

I saw those guides in Hogan's Alley, too. Beautiful indeed.