Sunday, January 18, 2009

Don Martin - In a Department Store pt 2

Don Martin's staging and continuity is very clear and direct. He doesn't change everything in every picture. He'll use the same angle for many panels and just focus your attention on what's important.

More of this sequence later...

Basic Elements of Humor:

Everyone loves stupidity. Even stupid people laugh at stupid jokes. It's because we all think everyone else is stupid except us. Stupid and ignorant jokes are probably the most universal form of entertainment.

Almost all men love pain - as long as it's someone else's pain. Not al women think pain is funny for some reason.

You can have pain and stupidity in other mediums. Cartoons should be drawn funny. Do Martin's drawings are always funny. They would be funny as still images even if you didn't know the context.

I don't understand cartoons that don't try to make each image funny.

Cartoons can do absurdity better than any other medium. Don Martin is a genius at it.

BTW, people are still sending me their studies of comic book covers, but most of you are tracing the covers instead of drawing them. Drawing them will make you try to control the concepts. Tracing is cheating. If you wanna trace one just to figure it out - and then draw one freehand, that might make sense.

Don't Forget!

Last chance to grab yourself Kali's sketchbook for sale on ebay.