brunetti week 2

This week’s exercise was to produce a handful of captions according to a set of prompts, produce a handful of drawings according to a different set of prompts, and shuffle them together to see what accidentally hilarious drawing/caption pairings resulted.

I thought I did a pretty good job on the art and the captions, separately, but I couldn’t get any of them in particular to click together.

It is a hallmark of how poorly my camera and sketchbook get along that I drew these in red pen on brightly colored index cards and they still photograph way better than pencil on my white sketchbook paper.

The captions I generated were

“MERLIN’S BALLS!”

“AND THEN THE ALIENS SPLIT THE DOG’S HEAD RIGHT OPEN.”

“WHAT IF YOU GET MAD AND I HAVE NO ONE TO TALK ABOUT GOURMET WAFFLES WITH ANY MORE?”

“HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING?”

“THERE’S NO EASIER WAY TO KEEP TRIM, FIT, AND STRONG.”

Four out of five of these make the dog picture sadder, but otherwise I got nothing. I am open to input, if anyone sees any good combinations I missed.

Homework is to draw three single-panel cartoons, which I will post once I do ’em!

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brunetti week 1

I’m playing with Ivan Brunetti’s Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. This is possibly a really goofy thing to do, because this book is based very closely on the syllabus of a class he teaches at my school and that I will be taking next fall. But I like the book, so I got impatient, and hey, there is nothing in here so far that will kill me if I do it twice.

Exercise 1.1: draw a car in 4 minutes, then in 2, then 1 minute, 30 seconds, 15 seconds, 5 seconds. Repeat with a cat, a castle, a telephone, and a self-portrait.

I won’t spam with all of these, but I enjoyed the castle most, so have that.

Exercise 1.2: draw at least 25 famous cartoon characters in no more than 10 seconds each.

I am really curious to see how many people can actually identify any of these. There are only a few that I think are really obvious.

Also, I apologize for the sudden drop in image content here; I’ve been having problems with my scanner, so for the next couple of weeks it’s back to the camera and it just does not get along with this paper.

Exercise 1.3: pencil out a 10×10 grid, and fill each box with an illustration of the first word that comes to mind, taking no more than 5 seconds for each.

Brunetti calls this a “Zen” exercise, but it actually stressed the hell out of me, as having a beeper go every five seconds will do. The results were largely unintelligible and honestly not worth posting. I might try it again some other time.

Homework 1: create a 8×11 “doodle page” in black and white, arranged according to some larger scheme but with a dense variety of smaller drawings.

I worried about this one for a bit, because I wasn’t quite clear on what was being looked for, but then I decided the open-endedness was probably the point and if it isn’t, I don’t care, because I’m not being graded on this. I used sepia and white, because I’m a rebel I already spend a million hours a week drawing a comic in flat black and white and I wanted a bit of variety.