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.


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