Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Couple more winter cartoons

Up at our northern cottage lake residents have moved snow and created skating rinks. What if...  

 My granddaughter was helping me put out bird food.  At one point she was standing on the deck with a handful of seeds.  i asked her how long was she going to wait for the birds.  "Til' they come," she said.
Even the birds found time to make a snowman.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Northern Cottage Country Cartoon -the process

Yet another northern cottage country cartoon.  Construction is an ongoing activity throughout cottage country.  Contracted or DYI construction makes for a noise well recognized throughout the countryside.  However, for a few times throughout the year construction ceases and thus the cartoon.

Again, after preliminary sketches, I use the Light Tracer table to ink the cartoon with my Noodler Ahab flex fountain pen.
 Values are added in Seashore, my free drawing application.
 Once the value work has been done I put it into a Comic Life box and add the dialogue bubbles.
I am in the process of making a series of these cartoons that can be used in a calendar.   I may need to go back and redo each Seashore cartoon in colour.  But first I want to get a cache of cartoons together so there are a number of choices that can be made into a full calendar.

Although I like the Manga cartooning ( I have a hard time adjusting to the style.

During my life I have enjoyed the cartoons of Walt Disney and have a collection of the future cartoons.  i particularly like the drawings of the earlier cartoons.

I also love and have collected the books of drawings and stories by 
  • L'il Abner by Andy Capp ('l_Abner), 
  • Pogo by Walt Kelly (, 
  • Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (

I like and have collections of books of the unique drawings by
  • Unger (  ), 
  • Larson (,
  • Johnston ( 

Their draughtsmanship was excellent and stories were sublime.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Making More Cottage Cartoons -snowmobiles and lots of snow

After preliminary drawing I use my Light Tracer to ink the cartoon (marshtoon).
Some irregularities showed up and were to be dealt with in "Seashore", my free drawing program.

In Seashore I filled and drew and brushed in the values I wanted.
Then I loaded the photo into Comic Life 2 or 3, once I had opened a blank and added a box.  Once the image had been arranged within the Comic Life box I added the dialogue bubbles and the name of the comic.  The image was named, saved and exported to iPhoto to be emailed or kept.

Up at the cottage there is quite the snowmobiling life.  The trail goes by our cottage when the lake is completely frozen over.  There have been some years with little snow.  Apparently, so far, this has not been one of those years.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter Cartoons -Deer and the Webcam

I have just had to make and send off some cartoons (marshtoons) to the Lake Cecebe newsletter for its winter edition. ( )

Apparently the Marina has put up a webcam to take pictures of the bay for the internet. (A webcam picture is on the homepage of the CWA website.)  The deer roam about everywhere, and so the cartoon.
My granddaughter thought the idea of the deer having a Facebook page very funny.😁😉

I have tried out my new Noodler's Ahab flex fountain pen on these drawings and was delighted with the ease of use and the lines made.  Wonder Pens has quite a selection, reasonably priced.
Noodler's Ahab Flex Fountain Pen - Copernican Pearl

Our Price: $29.50 CN

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Small Pyro-graphic Dog Boxes

I have done a series of small boxes of dogs using burnt lines and fluid acrylic paints.

A fierce fellow-sold at the Yuletide Art Show and Sale at Maggiolly's

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Couple More Pyro-graphic Dog Boxes

I completed two more dog boxes using pyrography and fluid acrylic paints.

Not much to say.  the lines are burnt and fluid acrylic paint is used to paint between the lines.  I am amazed that some lines and paint can create an image with expression.