THE ART OF PENCILING and INKING

All quality art in comics and comic strips start with the talent of penciling and inking. … [Read more...]

Different Cartoon Genres

Hey everyone, This is Lewis here. I have been away from blogging for a while. If you notice, my last blog post was back in May of 2015. I haven't posted for the last eight months. The reason was because I needed to see what direction I wanted to take my blogs posts. I wanted to see which cartooning posts best served my readers. And I have been working on a comic book story along with a business opportunity I plan to share with you all so stay tooned. Today we will be discussing the many diffrent cartoon genres. … [Read more...]

Let’s Begin with Drawing basics

For many artists and illustrators, drawing is instinctive, which means that illustrators can pick up a pencil and can easily draw very impressive sketches. I know many reading this are like that and if so, you already have a firm grasp on the drawing basics so quite possibly this article may be simple for you.  … [Read more...]

The Art of Tracing

Tracing is not cheating I know that there are many illustrators out there who think that tracing is like cheating when trying to get your illustrations down. I am here to tell you that nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact my uncle has not drawn a picture since his teenage years. He is trying to regain his artistic talents by going back to the basics, which for him is learning to draw by tracing. … [Read more...]

What is art?

What is art? I have learned that art is suppose to resemble life. Art is an expression of who we are and how we feel. I am a christian illustrator. I tell you this so that you can see that my art work, (unless I am telling you a story,) is uplifting and positive. You can tell alot about a piece of art work. For example, The painting, "The Silent Scream," by Expressionist artist Edvard Munch (1893 and 1910) depicts a person walking on a road or bridige with their hands covering their ears. It is said the Mr. Munch painted this picture while suffering from nervous breakdowns. … [Read more...]

Be a Super Hero

I love comic books especially the super hero comics from the 1970's and 80's. It was and is my love for comics that inspired me to becoms an illustrator. The other day I was reading the newspaper, which I normally do not do because if it’s complete lies and agenda driven biases; (Note: I read the Drudge report) I came across a local story of a woman who slept outside in a makeshift shelter for two days straight in bone chilling weather here in New York City all to save a dog. … [Read more...]

Early to Rise

Getting up early in the morning has presented many problems for me. Like many people, I was not a morning guy. When I was in High school I struggled to get up in the morning. My head was filled with smog and cob webs; I just could not think straight at all. As time moved on, I decided that in order to become successful at what I am trying to accomplish, I must get into the habit of rising early. I have come to understand that many successful people begin their daily routine very early in the morning. People like the wrestling promoter Vince McMahan, real estate guru, Donald Trump, Bodybuilding promoter, Joe Weider. In his book Education of a Bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger would end his day at midnight and get up early at six A.M. only getting six hours of sleep. Bob Hoffman from York barbell and former publisher of Strength & Health magazine would only sleep for about three to four hours. … [Read more...]

How to Set Up Your Space for your Art Work

  Hello friends, for today's post, I would like to go over some very important tools you will need to begin your illustration career and also how to set up your work space. As an illustrator you can have all the talent in the world, but unless you have a good understanding and knowledge of the tools and equipment your using you’re really not working up to your full potential. To become successful as an illustrator you must start thinking like a professional. You must take pride in your work and deliver the most professional work possible. If you are not up to the standards of professional work, do not worry because you will continue to practice and with a little time you will develop your style.  … [Read more...]

Where am I going? — Building “ME INC.”

In today's post, I would like to go over and discuss a little about myself. This will help in establishing what my blog is basically all about. I started this blog to help and motivate those who wish to peruse cartooning and illustration as a hobby or career. But also, this blog will help serve as a motivational tool for many other things as well. I am somewhat multi- faceted, which means that Illustrations and cartooning are not the only things I do.   … [Read more...]

Art mirroring life

Anyone who has been an illustrator, painter, cartoonist or writer understands that art mirrors life as we know it, or does it? In today's world we see many things in reality mirroring things we thought to be things of fantasy like cell phones, Skype and FaceTime. In Star Trek we see Captain Kirk using what is now known as a cell phone. … [Read more...]