Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Going Live

Recently attended the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival, which was quite a laugh. It was my first cartoon festival and I did some live gag cartoon drawing in front of the Great British Public for the first time. Very scary. You can't draw the cartoon as you would in a room on your own, you have to reveal information in such a way as to build up to a punchline, because there are people behind you waiting for one! It's like a mix of cartoonist and stand-up comedian. Luckily I got enough laughs to soothe my fragile ego. The festival was actually over a week ago but I'm only just getting around to writing about it because as well as picking up the cartoon festival bug I also picked up a rather virulent flu bug, as did several other sickly scribblers, and have been out of action for a week.

5 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 08, 2006

    that live drawing sounds challenging -- i take it you didn't have to think up the gag on the spot too? -- i mean were you given a subject or anything?


    wiLbur

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  2. The event I took part in was the creation of a mural of cartoons, all on a theme: "Going Up – cartoons on the theme of living, working and moving around in tall buildings."
    So a few hours beforehand I had a bit of a think about it and drew up a few roughs. I think most people worked this way. It's one thing doing the drawing live and another coming up with ideas live – it would have been a bit dull for the public to watch people standing around staring into space!

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  3. i dunno...cartoonists trying to think up gags on tall buildings...one or two maybe throwing themselves off tall buildings when failing to come up with anything...could've been entertaining

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  4. Or a cartoonist on a ledge preparing to jump, with a handful of rejection slips. Would've amused the other cartoonists at least.

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  5. dunno why i'm laughing...it'd probably be me up there..

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