Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Journalism 101 Cartoon - an empirical test of cartoonists' claims
When cartoonists are interviewed about their trade, or write books about their cartooning, they often make extravagant claims about speed of execution, and/or their capacity to "direct-draw" in pen (i.e. no need for pencil drawing and erasures).
These claims are crap.
I tried direct-drawing a cartoon from a standing start and gave myself a two hour time-limit. This is the result.
A pity, as I loathe journalists as a species, and if the cartoon had been better, it might have found its way onto more fridges or pinboards.
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