Back from New York Comic Con

My report on the New York Comic Con: Practically everyone came in costume. I’ve never seen so many flabby Spidermen before. Parents brought their little kids, and it was the parents who wore the costumes! I wore a Polo shirt and slacks, and therefore, I stuck...

Inertia and How To Beat It

Inertia. Sir Isaac Newton first defined it in the 1700s. Most of us think of it as the phenomenon that an object at rest tends to stay at rest. For artists, that means it’s often difficult to start a new project – especially a big project. But few people remember the...

More On Artist’s Block

Every artist, sooner or later, has artist’s block. What to do? You could wrap a cord around your head, pull it hard, and hope to squeeze some ideas out of your brain. But that doesn’t work, and often results in a really bad case of “forehead rope...

Give Yourself Credit!

As artists, we’re very good at criticizing ourselves. Sometimes we compare our work unfavorably to the work of others. Or we go through slumps where we get discouraged. What we don’t always do – and the thing that’s most important to our development as artists...

Drawing Cute Characters

No doubt about it, “cute” is a favorite attribute of fans of cartoons and manga. It’s very important to be able to draw cute stuff; people love drawing cute characters. So, let’s get serious, for a moment, about cuteness! There are many techniques you can use to...

Inside Publishing Scoop

I just got to look at the finished, color pages from my book, “Cartoon Faces: How to Draw Faces, Features & Expressions,” which comes out this fall. I was thrilled with what the art director and editor came up with. Anyone who tells you that they...