This is a highly irritating photograph showing a glimpse of today’s ‘Verger’s store cupboard’ cartoon in progress. Irritating, in that you can’t see the finished article – Church Times subscribers can do so here. But don’t worry, it will appear on this website or in a book in due course.
From this picture (larger version) you will also be able to glean certain information – that I am currently using an Artline 0.5 pen, I use a ruler, I make notes, and my desk is a fake wood kind of colour. Earth shattering. I have changed pens in recent months by the way – the first five years of Church Times cartoons were done using a fibre tip (Papermate Nylon), which is still a pen I use a lot. The ruler is to make sure that things are level, and where they need to be, centred. I prefer not to use the proper equipment, ie any sort of drawing board, for this.
This is the post-pencilling and just beginning to ink stage. The hard work, ideas and drawing it in, has been completed. I start off the inking process with the lettering on this kind of picture as everything has to fit around it. Some of the lettering will be adjusted later on on the computer though. I will invariably spell words like ‘door’ or ‘books’ incorrectly.
Please don’t alert any other cartoonists to this blog post – my methods are archaic and I would be laughed out of town if anyone knew the way I go about things. Actually, come to think of it, I quite like the idea of being laughed out of town. If you see me in town please laugh me out of it.