I think one of the things I’ve learned of most use is the separation between the amateur and the professional boils down to two things: practice and craftsmanship. Practice, I can’t help you with that, other than give you opportunities to apply yourselves (see below). But here’s a little tip on craftsmanship:
Chris Sprouse’s interview in the recent volume of MODERN MASTERS mentions his meticulous use of the lightbox in roughing in pages and playing with composition. So, make yourself one.
It is my pleasure to present the works of Jay Fosgitt, easily the most brilliant and natural cartoonist I’ve ever met. He’s got a book coming out in November, which means it’s in September’s PREVIEWS catalog (the order code for Dead Duck in PREVIEWS: sept090577). Order yourself a copy and get your retailer to get behind this book.
I can’t recommend this guys work enough. It hilarious as well as sharply drawn, but you don’t have to take my word for it, just read the embedded comics below from an archive of previously drawn comics. The Dead Duck Original Graphic Novel is rated “M” for mature and is not suitable for all audiences parental desecration is advised.
Find out more about Dead Duck at JAYFOSGITT.COM
AND Don’t forget about December Deadline ‘09!