My friend was kind enough to invite me to a rock concert, resulting in my only sketch of the day, on the iPhone.
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So, this is a bad caricature, but at least half of you don’t know what Rochester looks like anyway. Like most people born in the (18)70s, I like to relax with a little Old Time Radio before bed. One of the best resources for this is the Old Time Radio Researchers Library, a completely free site that has an extensive collection of series, most of which I haven’t bothered to listen to, since I’m addicted to the Jack Benny show.
If you know anything about Rochester, it’s sort of become a cliche to mention that he was one of the rare black characters of his era to play against the cringe-worthy Stepin Fetchit sterotype. But it’s true, and I think it’s one of many reasons that the Benny program is still so listenable today. It wasn’t political correctness (a far-off concept in those days), but rather a killer dynamic where the star, Jack, was treated as the show’s sole buffoon. Therefore, right off the bat, Rochester had to me more savvy than his boss, and it’s hard to imagine him lasting more than a season if he were just a crass…well, caricature.
I’m toying with grabbing freeze frames from movies and trying to adapt the compositions to comic panels. This here is a shot of two incidental characters in Casablanca.
One thing I hope to get better at is figuring out how to make backgrounds in black-and-white white art that are detailed but don’t conflict with the foreground action. I want to cross hatch, but I think I need to heed the advice of the Famous Artists Cartoon Course, and stick with mostly solid blacks and whites:
Speaking of courses, starting next week I’ll be taking a weekly class on graphic novel production at the School of Visual Arts. Although I don’t aspire to create a Frank Miller style graphic novel, I’m hoping to learn a little something that I can apply to a serial comic strip.
Who has flat feet and has posted to this site daily for a full year? [Awkward roundhouse kick] This guy!!!
On the left are some drawings from 2011, 2012 on the right. So my improvement has been…subtle. If nothing else, I’ve improved my ability to draw quickly and with less frustration. My painting skills are noticeably better. So is my gesture drawing ability. Animation, sadly, has fallen by the wayside, but only because it’s so freaking time-consuming. I still love it and aspire to make a go of it.
Anyway, I know I have a very small core of readers, 50% of whom are my parents, but I’d like to thank everyone for their encouragement over the last year. Even though I generally raise a big skeptical eyebrow to compliments, your response has driven me to forge ahead with my harebrained “get rich slowly” scheme to become the Grandma Moses of my generation. Grazie mille.