Here I am at Jim Rugg’s house. Most readers of my column know that I consider Jim the hardest working man in comics. A fence jumper if there ever was one – Jim is equally beloved by art, indy, alt and mainstream comics fans. He’s got a big solo art show coming up in Los Angeles. He’s working on new comics, character designs, spot illustration work, animation – and as if he wasn’t doing enough – he is also doing podcasts now. Sheesh.
One of my riffs these days is that cartoonists don’t know how to compose in color. Usually the cartoonist only understands the coloring book approach. Heavy black outlines that contain the color. Color is an afterthought. Composing directly in color in cartooning is uncommon. That’s how I see it anyways. A generalization for sure but so what. A truism in my book.
So seeing Jim Rugg the cartoonist blossom into Jim Rugg the draw-er has been really exciting for this Jim Rugg fan. He is composing directly in color these days, almost exclusively, and the marks he is making in color are far more embroidered than any brushed black outline. He is filling the space in such an interesting way. I can’t wait until this approach seeps into his comics. Go Jimmy Go!
how Jim spends his time
selections from Jim’s collection
Low Jinx #3
Brian Ralph parody
Jim’s ballpoint pen collection – Divine drawing here.
on Jim’s wall
Jim and I agree that Hewlett is the greatest. He can do it all. Who else in comics has this reach? Look how simple it is – how clear.
Frank Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers
New Course Announcement
June 4th start date
8 week course
“Full course” – layouts, color, figure drawing – you will make a 16 page comic over the 8 weeks.
500 bux. Payment plans available. No money down! Totally serious.
To apply, email me and I will explain the submission guidelines.
Deadline to apply is May 30th
Only ten spots available
Check out one of my student’s work – he just finished his comic and posted it to his blog.