Last year to celebrate May the 4th I showed you how to draw a cartoon R2D2. So this year I thought it only natural to complete the pair and show you how to draw your very own cartoon C-3PO! (Draw both droids and really show off!)
When you're finished, feel free to tweet, pin, email or otherwise share a pic of everyone's favorite protocol droid with me and I'll post it over at Pinterest! And if you'd like to grab the tutorial to post on your own blog or website, you're more than welcome to. (A link back would be appreciated.) Enjoy:
Easy, right? You should try out my other how-to-draw tutorials too! Here's just a few:
Feel free to check out my Star Wars cartoons too!
I attended on Friday this year and once again it was a fantastic time!
There was a large crowd, but it neve felt crowded. Here's a view of some of the floor:
And here's Artist's Alley:
I hit Artist's Alley right away and was able to chat with My Little Pony writer Katie Cook before her line got too long:
She did a small piece for my daughter and I picked up her first Gronk book. I should have picked up both volumes, as my daughter read the first cover to cover as soon as I handed it to her.
We chatted again about kids comics and I told him how much my son and I enjoyed reading SD together. A super nice guy!
I stopped by Amanda Conner's table, and although the line was short and orderly (shorterly?), she didn't have any new items to purchase. Ditto for J. Scott Campbell:
I think he actually had a smallish sketchbook I don't have, but I like his larger hardcover collections better.
See, I'm not a bring-a-box-of-comics-to-get-autographed guy, I'm more of a I-like-your-work-and-I-want-buy-something-neat guy, which is less common I suspect. Still, it was good to see fans and artists alike happy to see each other.
Then it was time for some C2E2 shopping!
I wasn't really looking for any older comics, but goodness knows there were plenty. And lots and lots and lots of toys and collectables!
This next one floored me, and I came really close to buying it:
I didn't see much of a webcomic presence at C2E2 this year, but the Cyanide and Happiness guys were doing a brisk business. Good for them!
Another almost buy...
There was a lot of LEGO at this show too, but the prices were a bit high and I saw too many custom and post-keychain minifigs for my tastes. Still, I found an Avengers polybag that never made its way to the States.
Of course you had your Renassiance folks...
...and the requisite cool car.
And finally, the cosplayers. Even on a Friday there was a lot to see!
There's always a lot of Harley Quinns, but I gave this one high marks for carrying around what looked to be a really heavy hammer all day:
And of course you have your Deadpool:
I thought these two Disney princesses were not only well done, but a breath of fresh air.
I found out after this pic that She-Ra and Dredd here weren't together, but I'd like to think that maybe they might find a C2E2 love crossover:
She-Hulk and her little Loki:
Thor here made a farting nose as I was taking this and made the Valkyrie laugh really hard. Wish I'd have been quicker on the camera to grab it.
But my favorite cosplay of the whole day was also probably the simplest:
So that's it for this year. I wish I could've seen a panel or two, but I spent too much time tracking down a giant pink Kirby for my daughter. I'd promised myself I was going to get Felicia Day's autograph too, but suspected I'd only be able to say "Felicia pretty" before looking at my feet and giggling.
Another great C2E2 and I can't wait for next year!
Last week I was working on some writing and was thinking about having a lawyer telling his cat client that they'd gotten a dog for the judge in the case. But I couldn't quite figure out the right word, so I went to Twitter and asked:
Need some help with a caption...— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
When a lawyer and client find out what judge they're getting, how is that phrased?— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
Did they "pull" a certain judge? "Get" one? Is there some jargon there?— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
@andertoons Not 100% certain - I believe it is "drew" - (sort of like 'luck of the draw')— Karen Roussy (@karenroussy1) April 16, 2013
@andertoons I think on TV shows, they usually use "draw" or "pull" ... but I'm not certain whether that's accurate.— brainwise (@brainwise) April 16, 2013
OK, so here's the idea...Lawyer to cat criminal - "Bad news, we drew Judge Fido."— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
But Fido didn't sound quite right. Back to Twitter:
Sparky maybe? It needs to sound like a dog.— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
Rover?— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
@andertoons Bowser? Woofman? Trying to think of more...— Justin S Barrett (@jsbarrett) April 16, 2013
@andertoons Judge Bones?— Joe Simmons (@joescartoons) April 16, 2013
OK, so here's the choices - Fideo, Rover, or Spot?— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
@andertoons Between those three, my vote is for Rover— Justin S Barrett (@jsbarrett) April 16, 2013
@andertoons Fido is more of a dog name, I think, although I just searched and apparently they're all named after one famous Fido dog.— neokabuto (@neokabuto) April 16, 2013
OK, it's between Rover and Fido.— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
@andertoons Rover— Justin S Barrett (@jsbarrett) April 16, 2013
OK, it's Rover. I liked Fido, but it seems like a dog name from the 50's. Rover is old too, but less so.— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
You know what, that caption is 6 words, and I needed help on 2 of them! Sheesh!— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
@andertoons But what about Spot?— Peter L Brown (@PLBthetoonist) April 16, 2013
@plbthetoonist I liked Spot, but thought it might infer a Dalmatian. But maybe if the case was arson...— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
Thanks so much you guys! You totally rocked it! WOO!— Andertoons (@andertoons) April 16, 2013
Isn't that great?! I was totally stuck on a caption and a few Tweets later I've got it! To be fair you couldn't do this all the time, but it's something I'm definitely going to have to try more in the future.
Thanks again to everyone who helped (the above is just a bit of the total conversation) and here's the final cartoon for you:
With Easter coming up I thought I'd show you how to draw a cute little baby chick! Just follow the animated GIF above or the easy written instructions below.
When you're finished, feel free to tweet, pin, email or otherwise share a pic of your cartoon baby chick with me and I'll post it over at Pinterest! And if you'd like to grab the GIF and/or the tutorial to post on your own blog or website, you're more than welcome to. (A link back would be appreciated.) Enjoy:
Easy, right? You should try out my other how-to-draw tutorials too! Here's just a few:
Feel free to check out my chicken cartoons too!
At the Success in Comics seminar a few weeks back, someone asked me if I considered myself more of an artist or a writer. I answered that I considered myself a writer first and that the art was like the cherry on the sundae. (Or something like that. As I said, it was a few weeks ago.)
With the launch of my cartoon subscriptions recently, I’ve been writing a lot to keep putting out healthy batches of new cartoons each week. And it’s not always easy, but I’ve learned a few tricks over the years to jumpstart my brain a bit and write what I hope are good cartoons consistently:
While I get almost all of my news either on the radio or online, I still subscribe to the Chicago Tribune. Papers pile up in my office and this stack is usually the first place I go if I’m stuck.
I read pretty much anything, even if it’s not interesting to me, because you never know where you’re going to find that word or turn of phrase that you can play with.
I have a few different dictionaries of phrases and idioms that are great if I need to do a bunch of cartoons on, say, eggs:
See? There’s at least some places to start.
I love my iPad, and Flipboard makes keeping on top of blogs and tweets and all that quick, easy, and beautiful. Zite is a more recent addition and, while it reminds me of Flipboard, it gives me a whole different bunch of interesting content.
LIke the paper, you never know where the treasure is buried, so with either app, it’s good to just read.
A more recent find, Sentence Examples is, well, just that. You can either search for a word like “cow”, or you can just browse around to see what strikes your fancy. It’s good for looking at words in context from all sorts of different angles.
I’ve got a lot of followers on Twitter, and I often have Tweetbot up when I’m working. I’d forgotten to close it while writing the other day and glanced up and saw a comment in my timeline that led to a really good cartoon. I tried it again a while later and had another random inspiring moment. I don’t know if this will continue to bear fruit, but right now it’s a great source.
When I’m really stuck and feeling low I pull out some Chon Day and just marvel at what an amazing cartoonist he was. Sometimes it gets my gears turning, sometimes not, but it’s always inspiring.
Although it’s been more difficult to keep full recently, I normally write my ideas down on scraps of paper and toss them into what I’ve dubbed my Idea Box. Ideas generally sit in there for a few weeks and then, when I’m ready to draw, I pull a bunch out and see them with fresh eyes. If they’re still good, they get drawn up. If they’re not so good, often I can see where I went wrong or another take on the same idea. And I like the thought of all those ideas sort of marinating together for a while.
Writing is a lot of sitting and staring. A lot of sitting and staring. And for the most part I’ve gotten comfortable with putting in the time. But sometimes when nothing is working I find getting up and doing something else will knock some ideas loose. Do some dishes. Vacuum. Go for a walk. You’ll be surprised at how a little movement will get things moving.
When all else fails, sometimes you just have to put it down and come back another day. It’s hard not to be disappointed or feel defeated, but I try to look at it like I’m priming a pump. And almost always the next day the ideas start flowing again.
So there are some of the techniques I use to keep writing cartoons. Any other suggestions you’d care to share?
Here's a few more posts on writing cartoons: