|Cartoons by Nancy Husari||
I have another event coming up in two weeks—the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, and I have had a goal of creating ten cat prayer flags (see previous post) to see how they’d sell. I cleared out my schedule and had a goal of making five prayer flags today. Easy, right? Not so fast. The new “improved” printable fabric that I bought online kept getting jammed in the printer, so they don’t work. Then I tried painting cats on normal fabric, and discovered that wasn’t so easy either. Also, I had to keep using the cat hair roller on the fabric. I know that they’re cat prayer flags, but I don’t think people want cat hair on them. It’s so important that the lines of the cat are drawn quickly and expressively to catch cat body language. It’s hard to do that when I’m trying not to make mistakes so that I can possibly sell these things. I worked until noon and then left the house for other pursuits. I ended up in a shop on San Pablo, run by a very artistic woman who may be a good contact. I told her about the unsuccessful cat prayer flags, and she laughed with me. She said that we artists have these great ideas sometimes that sound like they’d be so easy, but we run into all sorts of obstacles. Then this evening a friend came over, looked at the unsuccessful cat prayer flag with all of the “mistakes” and liked it.
I scheduled in a half hour of sketching in the Blue Dot Cafe in Alameda. Here's what I saw through the window. Can you tell what the woman is doing from her body language? The name of this post is Practicing for Paris because I will be in Paris for a little over a week during winter break. One of the things I do a lot of when in Paris is sketch. It's a great way to connect with people (especially kids). The browns and siennas seem to work well there. They seem to suit the place. I had complained about lack of pens in my last post, so on Veterans Day, I bought 18 pens at Blicks---blacks, browns and siennas. I still need more pens---a batch from the place across from Kinokinuya (sp?) Bookstore in Japantown--what a great place for pens--and a batch of rotrings (my favorites) which are only available online. Nice to see people and share memories at Clare's memorial service today. Clare never called herself an artist, but she was a very creative soul, so this post is dedicated to Clare Morgano.
I had one helluva time getting this done today. I've had the idea for awhile, and I thought it would be easy to draw, but I procrastinated all day and am not entirely happy with the results, but I do like the flying monkey a lot. Sometimes that's just how it is with a deadline. You just have to finish it. I think I'm also just tired and distracted by lots of things, some good, some bad. Piles and piles of essays that seem like they will never end, a dirty house that seems like it will never get entirely clean, and planning a winter vacation. One thing that I absolutely MUST do is buy new pens. Oh, a big (good) distraction was the Wimmen's Comix exhibit opening yesterday. Sometimes I honestly don't know how I do all that I do. I am seriously considering taking a sick day in addition to the Veteran's Day Holiday. Do you think I should do it?
Gary Larson (The Far Side) wrote something like, 'When a cartoonist is working, it looks a lot like s/he is just goofing around.' Or it can look like the cartoonist is working at their "regular" job or doing a myriad of other tasks, but they are actually writing and revising in their head. That's how a lot of my writing is done. I've been overwhelmed by work and the upcoming election, but it's all grist for the mill. To the left is a cartoon idea that may or may not be the basis for my next Union Action cartoon. I did it on BART in my teenie tiny sketchbook.
This is my first blog ever. I think that I'll write about my history as a cartoonist. Feel free to join in the conversation about your creative process.