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. Â The first one is the Obama Healthcare Caduceus. Â 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. Â The image below is what most readers see in the newspaper.
Then I add the color in Photoshop. Â 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. Â 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.