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My New Years Cartoon

Here is my newest cartoon on the Democrat’s first-year headache. My process is to sketch an idea first, then do a finished pencil drawing and finally color it on the computer.

Here is my New Years cartoon.  First, I do a rough pencil sketch …


Then I do finished line art, also in pencil, but scanned as high contrast to look like I use ink.  This is the image most people will see in the newspaper.  My drawings are on 11″x17″ paper.  I work bigger than most editorial cartoonists.


And then I color it in Photoshop for the few newspapers that print cartoons in color, and for the Web.

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 “My New Years Cartoon”

Daryl, today you have at least three cartoons talking about the end of the decade. I suggest you hang onto those cartoons–you can use them a year from now when the decade actually ends.

Estato–When the current calendar was made there was no year zero. It went from 1 BC to 1 AD. Therefore the millennium didn't start in the year 2000 but in 2001 so the decade doesn't technically end until Dec. 31, 2010–Jan 1, 2011. Since most people see zeros instead of ones it's a matter of purity rather than popular opinion.

Daryl—Just wondering, on the original rough drawing, what are the straight lines at an angle for? I am guessing the vertical line is the middle of the page, but am wondering why the other lines.

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