Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Business magazine cartoon: A splash of colour

I recently started doing a regular cartoon for a business magazine. Normally I submit roughs in black and white, even if the finished version will be in colour, but because this was the first one for the mag I added some colour to two of the characters to give the client an idea of what the end result would look like. The editor thought that having limited colour made it more striking, so that is how the finished artwork (below) appeared, as will all of their cartoons. I must admit, it wouldn't have occured to me to do it that way but I think it looks pretty good. Plus, of course, the customer is always right and it makes the job a lot quicker to do!


  1. Having less colour definitely works, as the constrasts are better, and makes sure that it doesn't deflect too much from the punchline.

  2. if i'm being completely honest, i think it looks a little odd...but then maybe that's not a bad thing...?

  3. I know what you mean. It's the non-coloured characters that look strange. But yes, that oddness could become a "gimmick" that works in it's favour, particularly as it's a *series* of cartoons that will all be done in this style.

    Actually, although it was the client's idea in this case, I have used this technique before ... see the Hanna-Barbera post a few weeks ago http://roystonrobertson.blogspot.com/2006/12/cartoon-legend-joseph-barbera-dies-at.html and also: http://roystonrobertson.blogspot.com/2006/09/not-this-time-thanks.html

    ... though the first one appeared in print as a b/w line drawing and the second is unpublished!



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