Saturday, August 26, 2006


As a cartoonist, I sometimes like to take a break and admire original artwork drawn by other professionals. Originals are not only fun to look at, but they can also be good sources of cartoon education and inspiration.

The best originals are the ones where you can clearly see rough pencil lines (or lack thereof) because these hint at some of the planning a cartoonist did before inking their "final" lines using a pen or brush. Sometimes you can even spot changes made to the ink lines by tiny patches of white correction ink.

However, some cartoonists (like myself) make their corrections digitally, so the only way to spot these changes is by comparing the original artwork to the final cartoon.

The following is one of my own originals for your enjoyment ...

Above: Original Cartoon Art: "Free Samples".
(click to enlarge)

Can you spot the differences between the original artwork and the final cartoon?

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

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