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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Incident In The Jungle

Let me know if this is too grizzly for ya, hah hah hee hee...
That's the fun of cartooning.. It ain't real!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Animals Gone Wild

I have to say, it's been difficult this week coming up with new gags, I've just been so busy at Warner Brothers. I'm starting to think syndication might not be as daunting a task as I thought, since all I would have to deal with is ONE job. This gag I'm posting is the last of the 40 or so horizontal panels that I had previously cleaned up a couple years ago. I'm not really sure if it's funny or not, but I was happy with the drawing when I finished it. Let me know. -Ted

Monday, November 15, 2010

A note to Marcello

Thank you, Marcello, for your recent comment and continued support. I guess years of doing this is starting to show as far as my composition, staging and draftsmanship goes. I'm humbled that you took the time to even see things that, quite frankly, I'm hardly aware of myself anymore. All my life I've studied the best cartoonists, to try and figure out just what they were doing and why they were successful, I studied the figure and learned to edit it down to a formula that was believable yet also funny, and over the years I've practiced homogenizing my ideas into a visual that would read quickly and clearly.

I can remember, when drawing with other cartoonists whose work I admired, comparing my cartoons to theirs and noticing how much clearer their set ups were than mine, and how well their character's silhouettes and actions read. I believe that's why I have such an interest in doing single panel cartoons; the staging and story telling in that frame is critical because you only have one shot at it... just a single moment, and fine-tuning that moment fascinates the hell out of me. I continue to learn and I'm not always sure when I succeed, so your comment meant a lot to me, thank-you again, my friend.

BTW: When I was at Art Center, there was a general feeling that cartooning was a lesser art form than illustration, which was my major, even though all the theories and disciplines of art could also be found in well-drawn panel cartoons. I began to resent this attitude which didn't make sense to me. I eventually left the school after realizing that cartooning was my true calling, not illustration. I could compete as an illustrator, but my passion just wasn't there like it was with cartooning. Fine artists, musicians and writers move people with their art, but making people laugh is what I crave, and I get a deep sense of satisfaction when I succeed at it. To this day I don't know why. -Ted Blackman

Check out Marcello Vignali's art blog in my links.

Raw Talent

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Career Pride

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Monday, November 1, 2010

A Note To Tiffany

Your comment on the last cartoon brings up a good point: In the past whenever I'd show people cartoons that weren't really that resolved (and there were a lot of them when I was learning how to do this), the usual kind response would be 'interesting', since they didn't want to hurt my feelings but felt the need to say SOMETHING. The 'interesting' response while reviewing art almost became a joke in itself amongst other artist friends when we didn't care for something. So, rather than have 'you suck' as the last box to check, I offered up 'interesting' as a choice, which is a nice way of saying; you failed Ted, try again. Or so I thought:

Tiffany, by you checking all three boxes because you REALLY liked the cartoon just blows that theory out of the water. I'm so glad you mentioned that you did that, I would have never guessed. In fact, a couple people even commented to me that they were miffed that on certain cartoons they really liked, that some people only checked 'interesting' , but now I realize that the best compliment would be that a cartoon is interesting AS WELL as funny. I'm not going to delude myself into thinking that 'interesting' is always a positive comment, but obviously I was seeing the glass as half empty, not half full as you are. For that I thank you. -Ted

BTW: I appreciate all comments and check-marks, because it's the only way I know if a gag is strong or weak. You don't have to sign up for Blogger to check a box.
This is no easy task cranking out these cartoons on a regular basis, and your feedback is the only way I have of knowing if you're even paying attention. To date, only about 5% of you are actually letting me know you visited, and you are the few who inspire me on. I thank you for that. -Ted Blackman