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I think of it as The Fool's Journey. I've been asked who the "fool" is. It's me, but in the classical sense of the court jester. Only the fool was allowed to tell the king of his follies. All cartoons are available as prints or originals, framed or unframed, through my website or e-mail. For mugs, t-shirts, and other products visit my gift shop at www.zazzle.com/jcrowtherart* (be sure to include the *).

Friday, October 19, 2007

Go Fish

It occurs to me that cartooning is a lot like fishing. With the latter, in most cases standing around waiting for a bite takes far more time than actually landing the catch. It's the same with doing a cartoon. Coming up with the ideas is the real work. The drawing part of it is like reeling it in. The late Charles Schulz was asked in an interview once how he got his ideas for Peanuts. He answered staring out the window mostly, and added that people don't understand that staring out the window can be serious labor. It's true about a lot of things really. Imagine how much better the world might be if people spent some quality time thinking about what they were going to do before they actually did it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Jean said...

Precisely John! And I take my hat off to you. Most people don't know how hard it is to make something out of (absolutely) nothing. And it does involve a heck of a lot of gazing out the window! LOL

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Lee said...

Agree with both of you. Producing art is probably one of the hardest job on the planet. Plus it is definitely one of the loneliest jobs as well. At least for me, as I can not concentrate with distractions in the area. Simple minded, perhaps? (grin)

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Il Professore said...

Stanislavski believed Mercury was the God of Inspiration. I've been staring out the window for over an hour now, and the only inspiration I've had so far is that it needs cleaning. By the way, I've seen a lot of Fords and a couple of Lincolns, but as yet not a single Mercury.

6:08 AM  

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