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A Cartoon is Born

July 23rd, 2013

Where do ideas come from? I wish I knew. What I can tell you is that the creative process is often stressful, messy, and heartbreaking. And yet, what often emerges is something new and beautiful (but sometimes it isn’t).

What I do know: to find an idea, I must read. A lot. Newspapers, magazines, blogs. I catch a little TV and radio news, too, just to round things out. And then I start by…staring off into deep space. I move my pencil around on a sheet of paper. If I’m lucky, a small doodle will begin to take shape.

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I’m not picky. Any little scribble will do…

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Most of the time, I’ll stick with it and follow the scribble wherever it takes me….

Koterba-cartoon

But sometimes I go down pathways that lead nowhere. And I must start again. If I’m lucky, however, an idea might arrive…like magic…

Koterba-cartoon

After that, I redraw the cartoon with pencil on Bristol board…

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Next, the lines are inked using pen and brush…

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I then make a copy of the drawing on a separate sheet of Bristol…

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Which I paint using good old-fashioned watercolors…

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And voilà!

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