Sunday, April 19, 2009
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Jim Ivey's new book, Graphic Shorthand, is available from Lulu.com for $19.95 plus shipping, or you can order direct from Ivey for $25 postpaid. Jim Ivey teaches the fundamentals of cartooning in his own inimitable style. The book is 128 pages, coil-bound. Send your order to:
5840 Dahlia Dr. #7
Orlando FL 32807
Also still available, Jim Ivey's career retrospective Cartoons I Liked, available on Lulu.com or direct from Jim Ivey for $20 postpaid. When ordered from Ivey direct, either book will include an original Ivey sketch.
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Smurfswacker, I used to ask those "what tools do you use" questions too, but I think it's helpful to know. Today, though, I meet kids who think that they HAVE to have Photoshop or Illustrator to do anything. There's the preconception (often difficult to break) that "no one" is doing things with brush n' ink anymore. In that way, we've gone from "if I had the right tools I could be Walt Kelly or Alex Raymond" to "I have the same software tools, I can cheat and shortcut my way to the same results, and it just doesn't matter." To me, that's a cynical regression.
But we all feel most comfortable using what we grew up with. I've tried and tried to master the graphics tablet but I've yet to get the results I can achieve (with a lot less effort!) with pen and brush.
There's a reason why the new tools become prevalent. When you truly master them, you can/should be able to do everything with them that you did before, and more. I haven't kept up with all the artwork touches usable with P/I (I'm much more of a dabbler), but the purpose behind Fractal Design Painter was to completely mimic the real-world tools while gaining the ability to use all the advantages of the computer too. I suspect that most of that functionality has since been built into P/I either directly or is available via add-ons.
I'm not saying that there aren't any advantages to pencil and ink, but, with a good graphics tablet and a large screen, you can learn how to do almost anything -- any trick, any technique -- with the computer that you can do with the other.
And modern photoprinting can get you as close in the final result as any hand technique, too.
However speaking only for myself, the feel of pen, paint and paper is a great part of my enjoyment of drawing. The spring of the nib, the drag of the paper's tooth are part and parcel of the experience.
while I don't claim one form is better than another, one thing does bother me. An electronic original exists only as long as the power's on. Physical art has survived for centuries because it is physical. Four hundred years from now a vast portion of present-day culture might be inaccessible because of simple changes in technology. Think of how engineers work to rebuild obsolete video tape machines--less than fifty years old--to view recordings of lost shows.
This is why I cringe when I see books and newspapers digitized and the originals tossed. Nothing's permanent, but physical art is a heckuva lot more stable than the digital variety.