What you have displayed before you for your delight and delectation are two recent(ish) entries to The Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain's caption competition. The purpose of this particular exercise is to illustrate a new approach on my part to cartooning. I have banged on in the past about my need for speed and looseness. I work quite slowly and always felt that my drawings looked cramped and tight; especially in relation to any preliminary pencil drawings. So, these two are the result of a conscious effort to, you know, like, chill out and relax and just put in, like, the essentials, you know?
I'm still dissatisfied. They look hurried and unfinished to my eye. I feel ill at ease with the results and that is not a good place to be. They are both entirely digital in terms of composition and execution and both are lacking a, I don't know - a certain je ne sais quoi. Technically, there's an essential line missing from the magician cartoon which indicates to my mind that speed equals sloppiness of execution. I have subsequently reverted to pencil preliminaries, the results of which may be seen in later blog entries. I feel a lot happier with the results AND I have loosened up a little. I suppose we all need a comfort blanket of some description.