Friday, October 29, 2010
This next one was published, in color, in one of last years Woman's World Halloween issues. They are a weekly publication and so have multiple issues around all the holidays.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
As always, the folks at WW do a very nice job in coloring the cartoons. You might have even noticed, if you happen to regularly browse the cartoons in Woman's World, that all the toons on the same page, most always, have the same color theme. Makes the page very pleasing to the eye.
As for more of my Halloween cartoons, I hope to put up a few more as the month goes by.
Well, until next time...
Sunday, September 19, 2010
First I have to come up with a funny idea. In most cases, that's the hardest part. Once I have the (funny) idea, I work on how the gag line should read. I toss around in my mind various ways the line could read and decide on the one that seems to work best. Although, many times that still ends up changing by the time the cartoon is finished. Then I begin the sketching of the gag.
When I have completed the sketch to my liking, I bring it over to my light board to trace it in ink. I don't have a standard store bought light board. I built my light board myself with instructions from a very old "how to" book called "Animation by Preston Blair". I have seen newer versions of this book still floating around in print. Mr. Blair animated in a number of Disney movies such as Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia as well as the MGM cartoon "Red Hot Riding Hood". (Sorry, not to get side tracked.) I then tape the pencil drawing to the light board and place a clean sheet of 24lb., 96 brightness paper over the sketch and tape that in place too.
Once scanned in, I open the cartoon with Photo Shop 7. ( I know that's an old version of Photo Shop, but for my use, I really don't need anything more sophisticated.) I then change it to grey scale and adjust the threshold to about 128. This changes the lines to a nice solid black. I then use the Unsharpen Mask function (twice) to smooth out some of the jitter in my lines.
Then I simply work on it a bit and clean up any lines I feel could be better. I use a drawing tablet monitor called a VisBoard. It is similar to a Wacom Cintique monitor but without all the bells and whistles that the Cintique has. However, it was about one fifth the cost of a Cintique. It does a pretty good job for the price.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Hope you like it.
Until next time!
This cartoon was from the web comic my older son (Mike) and I did for 2 1/2 years. It's name was\is RESET and you can still read them all on line at www.gamelemon.com/reset . This was a weekly comic about roommates and video games. My son did the writing and I did the illustrations. It was a weekly comic which both my son and I really enjoyed working on as well as working together. However, after 2 1/2 years and not having a really strong following, we decided to bring it to and end. Actually, it ends rather abruptly right at the beginning of a new storyline. We both felt it was time though. Well, if you have a moment, take a look at it and let me know what you think. One thing that has always bothered me about this comic illustration was that I had the train speeding down the track but the smoke stack of the train gives the appearance of the train standing still. I was thinking about correcting it for this post, but chose to let you see it as it was originally uploaded.
Good to be back in business.
Stay "tooned" for a new NEW logo thanks to some much appreciated input from my good friend and mentor Roy Delgado. In fact you can see his comment and my reply on the posting from August 17th introducing my new logo.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Moe: "Excuse me partner, is that the sun up there?"
Curly: "I don't know, I'm a stranger in town."
I think we can all learn something from this little guy, "always keep a good positive atti-toon"!
Until next time. Stay dry!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I hope you get a little kick out of it. And, don't forget to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt this Friday. What, you don't have a Hawaiian shirt?! Well, get to it. You have plenty of time to get one before this Friday rolls around.
Until next time! Aloha!!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I hope you like it. If you feel compelled to tell me whether you like the new logo or not, please be my guest. Who knows, you may yet see the star return.
You'll probably notice that I changed the entire look of my blog too. It may change again and again over the next few days. I didn't like the plain blue background and so I am going to look at different styles and looks until I find what I like best. Hopefully I will find one I do like.
Have a great day!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Well, I thought it was a pretty good gag (as most cartoonists think about all our gags). So, I decided I would rework the drawing, but keep the original gag line. I then marketed it to an entirely different group of publications. And, what do you know, this time it was picked up by the SUN. Here it is below. The SUN did change the gag line a bit on me, as you can see they took out the word 'nuclear". And, they also changed my name a bit, as you "can't" see, by cropping it out entirely!
The moral of the story. If you think you have a good gag, (as most cartoonists think about all our gags) don't give up on it!
Until next time.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
It was penciled in around 20 minutes during part of my lunch hour this past Friday. Then early this morning, I got up and (after working on some bills and household accounting items) I inked it on my light board. It had to be ready by late this afternoon (and I still had plenty of painting ahead of me) as his surprise party was a dinner party, so I had to work fast. I used for the first time a set of Staedtler pigment liners ranging from 0.1 up to 0.7. I mostly worked with the 0.5 & 0.7 but I did use the 0.3 for some small detail lines. I then scanned in the inked product and brought it into my Photo Shop program to touch up the inking. I have a VisBoard Tablet Monitor. Not nearly as sweet as a Cintiq Wacom tablet monitors, (none of the bells and whistles) but only a 5th of the cost. It's so much easier than using the mouse. Also, I draw left handed, but I use the mouse with my right hand. So, drawing gets extremely difficult when trying to use the mouse. This monitor works great for me. Some things I use with the pressure-pen in my left hand and others I use the mouse in my right hand. I then added the color and the various text. In most of the web comics I had done for 2 1/2 years with one of my sons, (he was the writer and I was the illustrator) I usually used shading on my comics. However, for this gag I thought I would leave the shading off to give it a more "cartoony" appearance. All-in-all I think I used 7 different layers.
Well, that's it for now. Happy Birthday Rich!
So, "toon" in next week.
Same Gag-Time, same Gag-Channel!!!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Cuttlefish are actually not fish at all. They are mollusks. They can change their color and patterns to suit the environment in which they happen to be. Cuttlefish live it tropical areas in shallow waters. They are a very smart species. They are related to the squid, but not nearly as fast. They are carnivorous and great at using their 10 arms to capture their prey. Cuttlefish, like the squid, can eject a dark cloud of ink when attacked that can allow them to escape from their attacker.
Looks like this little guy above could be in for a big surprise!!!
Until next time.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This has been a great week, "cartoon" wise, for me. First Roy Delgado becomes a follower of my blog and now Eli Stein names me "one of the funniest people around". It must be a sign! After a few months off from cartooning, I need to get back to thinking funny, creating cartoons and mailing them out to prospective publications. So then, off I go. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
More important is the fact that I now have two additional followers. And, the best thing is that my very first follower, (other than myself) is none other than one of the masters in the gag cartoon industry; Mr. Roy Delgado! Welcome Roy, and thank you for becoming the very first follower of the Cartoons by Gary Zeller Blog. It is an honor and a privilege to have you as a follower. Roy has had his cartoons published in just about every magazine you can think of. Ah..., well, there is one..., but he's still working on that. And, from what I can see, I'm sure he'll get there too.
When I'm browsing through the magazine racks at the local bookstore, (looking for recently published cartoons), I can identify his cartoon style immediately without having to check the signature on the gag. Roy it truly a master at gag cartooning. He has inspired me many times with words like, "It takes persistence, a lot of hard work and you must go after it with the zeal of a crusader, never thinking or giving the thought to the possibility of failure, or defeat." Or words such as, "Socrates said, You learn to play the flute by playing the flute. Draw, Draw, Draw. And in time, you'll do it." Or his truest words to me, "Remember this: If you want ( really want ) to become a successful cartoonist, you WILL become a successful cartoonist."
Thank you again Roy for being my blogs first follower and especially for the inspiring words! You can see Roy's work on his newest cartoon blog, "Plum Loco Comic". http://www.plumlococomic.blogspot.com/ Check it out. He's got some great gags there!
I also want to thank my second follower, Ricardo Agusto or Guta Dias Cartoons. You can find his cartoons at www.gutodiascartoons.com/. Check him out. He's a very talented cartoonist living in Southern Brazil. Welcome Guto and thanks again for following my blog!
You may have noticed the "Cartoon of the Month" just above. This was published by Woman's World last year just about this time. I thought it was an appropriate toon for this time of year with back-to-school just around the corner and me back-to-my-cartooning-blog. I hope you enjoy it. If you can, please take a moment and leave a comment to let me know what you think.
See you soon.