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
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