When I started drawing cartoons, I was just a kid. At elementary school, I scribbled humorous characters on school notebooks, at middle school on the blackboard, on the desk, and even on the notebooks.
I filled a lot of sheets from a lined exercise book with characters of various kinds. They had English names that I found in my dictionary, each name indicated the personality or activities of the characters, which one day, at least in my mind, should have been the protagonists of comic stories.
One day I invented a heterogeneous group of agents, on the wrong line of the TNT Group, and drew all the first comics story on lined exercise book sheets.
1 – Drawing paper
The first problem was to figure out which paper I had to use to draw my cartoons on. I’ve tried many kinds of paper, until I use the Winsor & Newton card for years now.
2 – Inking
How to ink my cartoons? Obviously I started with simple markers, then I switched to the Indian ink and nibs for my first comic strips. Then I went back to the markers and for years I drew cartoons inking them with Staedtler markers.
Now I’m back to the nibs and Indian ink.
3 – Perspective
For years it was a great problem to solve, until I decided to study it on one of the numbers of “Leonardo’s notebooks” series: Perspective and theory of shadows.
For a lot of cartoons I used axonometry – or, better, my own interpretation of axonometry.
A new problem
Inking cartoons with Illustrator? Sooner or later I’ll have to learn how to ink my cartoons using Illustrator and to color with the style of cartoons of the 60s, which has always fascinated me.