shoulda coulda woulda art classes

I took three art classes during my college years: Fundamentals of Art ("This is a circle! This is a square! This is a straight line! This is Guernica; now reproduce it perfectly by our next class!") Ceramics (the most fun class I ever took in my life) and Design and Color.

I am a cartoonist or rather draw in a cartoon style and have done so all my life. I never felt comfortable saying I'm an artist. I can only take art just so far realistically because it still just looks like line drawings with delusions of grandeur. Color was stuck in my head as something REAL artists do, while chumps like me were happy to have the basic color wheel like you find on a basic Paint program for the Sunday funnies.

Then came computers with GIMP installed, and all the different cool colors and the magical tool called the Airbrush. Now any idiot (points to self) can do really fun things in color and not feel like Beetle Bailey's going to jump out at me, or some damn thing. I try to challenge myself with every Sunday comic I do, not because I want to show off since I can't (line drawings with COLORFUL delusions of grandeur now!) but because all those college lectures years ago are finally making sense (mumble something) years later. I finally get what the professor was talking about.

Sure, I still wish I majored in art or at least had taken more classes in it. I should have taken Figure Drawing instead of being the Art Model at the time (talk about COLD man; modeling makes tough demands on you.) Still, if you're breathing you're living, and if you're living there is still a chance to learn something new every day. Last time I checked, I'm still breathing so here I go...!

I still can't draw buildings worth a shit. I am Seriously Architecturally Impaired.

posted by Truman @ 22nd May 2010, 12:03 PM

Font Tag

I have been playing around with different fonts, trying to decide which one to stay with. Help me decide, y'all. And rest assured, Comic Sans is verboten!

posted by Truman @ 2nd Dec 2009, 1:41 PM

It's about damn time

yeah, I know it.


On the bright side, I have a brand new spankin' computer now! I've been scanning and fixing like crazy to put out some new comics. Now don't be hatin' on this country boy, I can't help it if some virus or other got in and f'd my world for a couple of weeks. Bite me! Please! Right....there. Yeahhh.


On the down side...Now I'm going to be expected to post more regularly. Daymn!

posted by Truman @ 29th Nov 2009, 1:31 PM

well, crappity crap crap

Well, wouldn't you freakin' know it. I start gearing up to really get my strips going, and my damn ancient desktop pc does a swan dive into the Blue Screen of Death.




On the upside, if I can salvage it I'll have a couple of weeks' worth of already scanned-in comics ready to roll. If I can't that will really suck. Either way it means a delay in my already spotty upload record.


While you are waiting for the next installment of Just Peachy: when good things happen to bad people, please enjoy this delightful audio selection from The Best of Marcel Marceau!


posted by Truman @ 9th Nov 2009, 5:26 AM