I'm going to get to the point. I not an artist. I
suck at drawing. That's why I'm a cartoonist. I'm lazy, and try to pass that off as
efficiency. You might be thinking that efficiency is complete bull, and that
cartoonists must be fantastic illustrators. Assuming you're reading this
page, you probably think my comics are funny. A successful comic is a few
things. It's not offensive to anyone, and I mean ANYONE.
They must be easy to read and
comprehend, as in not messy and does not rely on obscure source material to be funny. And
obviously, they have to be funny. By now you are about ready to say "What the f**k is
this guy trying to say?". Well , I'll spit it out. This page is
where I will show you people that everyone can be a cartoonist. you don't need spend 5
hours on a single panel. I can crank out a comic in 15 minutes! (I've timed
it) These are the strategies I use. They are simple and, as long as you have a joke (I
can't do everything) you can make comics that in some cases, surpass those of paid
Laziness with characters :
Most people wonder why I draw comics about food. The
answer is simple. Since foods don't have limbs (meats excluding) it looks
perfectly normal to give them stick limbs. Same goes for the facial
features. And you know what? Foods don't wear clothes. That saves an unbelievable
amount of time not having to draw clothes! So when starting a comic, choose subject
you're good a drawing. I might not put a lot of detail into my illustrations, but you
all probably can tell I'm trying to depict when I draw my characters. I take a
well known attribute from something and expand on it to convey a simple character
into a real life food. Most of you should be able to name 20 out of 22 of
Laziness with objects :
Shapes are awesome. Imagination is awesome.
Together, my life becomes so much easier. Humans constantly use their knowledge and
observations to determine things using attributes like shape and colour. This leads to
assumptions being made and the imagination just fills in the gaps of a simple sketch,
to create an object that is fleshed out in your mind. Look over this picture
In the top left panel I have Bobby sitting on a
rectangle. but most of you immediately classified it as a desk. Why? Perhaps
it was the coffee mug? If we could see the conversation in between Bobby and Chris, we
might get even more details on why it's a desk. Second
panel. A rectangle, two hemispheres, two lines, and two circles. To you the
viewer, you see a television. It could be the fact that Bobby is staring so intently at the
shapes, that you make the assumption that it is a T.V, but this is simply the
human imagination at work. Third panel. Two circles, one outline of a
car's shape, and two lines. I didn't add much detail (say, door handles, tire designs) but
the message was delivered. The bottom panel depicts many of the objects I
use in my comics. disco ball? A cross hatched circle. Speaker?
A rectangle and four circles. Briefcase? Three rectangles. Refrigerator?
Five rectangles. A paper that's been written on? Rectangle and squiggly lines.
Clock? Circle and 14 lines.
Have I made my point yet?
Laziness and avoiding drawing :
Words are awesome. They are what popularized books.
Movies contain tons of them expressed verbally. They are one of the most
important forms of communication in the world, if not one of the best inventions
in the world period. I use them to get out of drawing complicated
scenarios. Most of my comics involve Bobby walking around in an abyss with Chris
or Peter, and discussing an ironic subject revolving around Bobby's
See the following :
Both of these comics involve two characters talking.
While you see the characters conversing, I don't have to draw anything difficult,
thanks to the way I wrote the dialogues. Sometimes you can't draw
anything (like the top comic) and sometimes you can but you aren't really
obliged. (Like the second comic) I mean, who wants to draw fish getting scared s**tless
by a strobe light, when a quick re-writing of the dialogue shifts the job
of recreating a vivid image, to the reader's imagination. That's why
words are awesome.
Laziness and story writing :
I admit it's not at all like writing a novel, but comics
contain stories too. Some of you may have noticed, but I reuse the same template 75%
of the time, and yet I still manage to come up with a new joke every time.
See exhibit A :
My advice is find a niche that you like, and use variations of
that niche to create easy jokes that aren't exactly like your preceding
one. Now I don't mean to overuse this niche. Some comics like "Haggar the
Horrible" use the same scenarios over and over again so that they are no longer
funny. So be aware!
When is being lazy, too lazy? :
Nobody likes reading finance journals. Why? Because
they want to eat your brains. I'm kidding. It's because
A. No one likes financial journalists, and B. They aren't interesting. I occasionally
defy my laziness oath by colouring my comics. I sometimes add a few extra objects
fill in empty space. My point is don't be lazy for the sake of being lazy. Do
it to the extent of which you have a well crafted piece of work. You don't
want to produce messy scribbles, or boring jokes that had no care behind
them. Be efficient, don't be