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More of My Sketches

Readers seem to like it when I post my rough sketches, so here we go again, with my sketches for my last couple of cartoons.  The first one is the Obama Healthcare Caduceus.  I do the rough sketch in hard pencil on slick paper, so I’m not tempted to do details and render.

Then I trace over the sketch on drafting vellum, with a hard pencil that I scan to look like ink and save as a bitmap file for black and white printing.  The image below is what most readers see in the newspaper.

Then I add the color in Photoshop.  I use rather unsophisticated colors because newspaper printing is lousy, and if I use anything that isn’t pastel and bright I get complaints from editors.

Here’s the sketch for another health care cartoon.  Same thing here, hard pencil on slick paper.

I did the same thing with the pencil on vellum, but this time I just added a bit of gray tone to the drawing because I wasn’t quite inspired to color this one.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

13 replies on “More of My Sketches”

Impressive amount of actual work – not just the genius party. A little like sculpting – rough vision, smooth the edges, make decisions, polish the result. Very impressive – at all stages.

Thanks for showing us your process. I figured you used a tablet on the computer instead of actual pencil drawing. Great toons btw.

Very interesting. My son is dabbling in this (he's 14), I'm going to share your process with him.

You are a good artist. I like most of your cartoons. The only problem I have is some poor choices you make and call it funny. If you keep your cartoons in good taste, I would be most entertained. I'm not concerned on how your draw, but that your draw with a positive attitude.

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