2019-04-13 – RSD, bitches!

(2019-04-13) record store day
EVERY day is Record Store Day!

The plan had not been to draw a cartoon for Record Store Day. In fact, I’d been thinking about a record shopping–themed drawing for a long time. This one was fully sketched, with a little inking already done, when I realized that today was Record Store Day. So I used that as motivation to finish. So, yay!

This one was fun to draw, especially the albums—got to put the Tombows to the test. Matching colors was harder than I expected, largely because I have a Crayola 8-pack sense of color. Yeah, the visible records magically changed from frame to frame. Sue me.

It was important to me to get the likenesses of the enabler characters, and I’m reasonably pleased with how they came out (at least in frame 3).


2019-03-01 – the furniture chronicles (episode 1)

(2019-03-01) the furniture chronicles 3
What happens to the basement table stays on the basement table. And is usually splattered on the walls and scattered across the floor.

It’s been awhile. As usual, the problem is lack of ideas and not lack of will or opportunity. Sigh. I’m trying to get past the barrier of waiting for or trying to think of the perfect cartoon idea—the whole “the perfect is the enemy of the good [or at least adequate]” thing—but old habits die hard. I’m working on being more open to ideas, even if they seem ridiculous or bizarre.

And that leads us here. A project Lisa and I recently completed, to our surprise and delight, was cheaply reupholstering the chairs and bench from the table set we bought after we finished our basement. As we were working on this endeavor, it occurred to me how much abuse the poor basement table has been subjected to. It seemed as good an idea as any to get me drawing.

The usual comments, explanations, apologies, and disclaimers: In case the blonde hair isn’t enough of a clue, the girl in panel 4 is NOT Maia. I forgot to color in the cats in panel 6, so I used my old scan-print-color-scan-edit trick to overlay new, colored-in cats. Technology!

2018-10-18 – bottle

#Inktober #Inktober2018

Sigh. I’m afraid I’ve lost my Inktober mojo. Some of that is the uninspiring prompts (I got nothing for “angular” and “swollen”). Most of it is my inability to stay focused. Not giving up yet, but there’ll be a lot of gap days.

This one’s pretty obscure. According to my baby book (which my mom was quite diligent in maintaining), when I was very little (like, just-starting-to-talk little) I mistook Heublein Tower in Simsbury (near my home town of Canton) for a…baby bottle. Easy mistake, right? They probably still get that a lot up on Talcott Mountain. Anyway, I apparently got very excited whenever I saw it and chanted “bottle! bottle!” Even if Marts hadn’t dutifully noted this in my baby book, I’d still know it because this is a part of family lore. I’ve heard “bottle! bottle!” from my siblings all my life.

As an aside, as a little kid I apparently was also able to triangulate on Heublein Tower and use it to determine where we were going. So I had that working for me.

Anyway, this whole bit of nonsense is the first thing I thought of when I saw “bottle” as a prompt. It’s probably a good thing none of my family knows I have this blog.

10-18 - bottle - JS
I can’t swear to it, but I don’t think my car seat actually floated. For that matter, I can’t be sure I was put in a car seat at all.



2018-10-14 – clock

#Inktober #Inktober2018

I’m getting a lot of satisfaction out of (mostly) hanging with these Inktober drawings. I think it’s that the prompts are “forcing” me to draw. For me, “cartoonist’s block” is mostly a product of not being able to think of things to draw.

Back to Inktober prompt “double-dipping” here. Not sure if this is what is called “forced perspective”; it’s definitely not something I’ve done a lot.

10-14 - clock - JS
one way to beat your time

2018-10-13 – guarded

#inktober #inktober2018

Having been steeped in Star Trek since practically birth (thanks, Pat), I think of only one thing when I hear the word “guard.”

I was very, very tempted to bring out the color markers for this one. If ever there was a drawing that was screaming out for red (and, OK, gold), it’s this one.

10-13 - guarded - JS
Quiz: how many people will be shown in the next picture?



2018-10-12 – whale

#Inktober #Inktober2018

Having grown up in Connecticut in the 70s, I had two obvious places to take this prompt. I’m running behind, and ice cream cakes are easier to draw than hockey, so the choice was easy.

10-12 - whale - JS
every Wednesday is sundae

2018-10-11 – cruel

#Inktober #Inktober2018

October 10’s prompt was “flowing,” and I had nothing. Considered (1) waterfalls/rivers, (2) beer,  (3) hair, and (4) the Alan Parsons Project song “Time,” but (1) as demonstrated by “tranquil,” I can’t draw landscape-y stuff; (2) too obvious; (3) what do I know about hair?; and (4) too obscure. So I took the day off.

Unfortunately, all it took was one skipped day for me to lose what little momentum I had. I’m determined to make a decent run at Inktober 2018, so I’ll be playing catch-up over the next few days.

October 11’s word was “cruel.”

10-11 - cruel - JS
in the right measure