Since Charlie Hebdo, I’ve been fooling around with ideas for cartoons.
One simple, re-usable one is a silhouette smoker watching TV, and responding to it in some way.
The example below is a prototype cartoon, with the figure on the screen a skewed grayscale photo of ASH’s Deborah Arnott. The thought bubble is the smoker’s response to seeing her.
I think it works quite well, even though it’s a mixture of photography and drawn lines. In fact it works well enough for me to drop any idea of drawing cartoon likenesses of public figures. I think I’ll put together a collection of photo heads. For example David Cameron, Nigel Farage, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin. There are plenty of photos of them out on the web.
And if I want to comment on something they’ve said or done, I could just paste in the appropriate figures, adding speech bubbles if they’re saying something. And I might draw in anything extra that’s needed.
I could also use several of the images to create narrative cartoons of the kind you find in comics:
There are any number of possibilities here. It doesn’t have to be a TV screen. It could be a computer display if a keyboard was added in the space in front of the screen.
With the TV/computer screen, people could suggest screen images and speech/thought bubbles.
It should make for an interesting variation on the usual blog format.