|George Booth: "This meeting was called in order to discuss the meat. It has been pointed out that there is no more meat. A motion has been made to fight over the bones."|
Observe how each drawing appears light and spontaneous... but look closer and you'll see that each artist carefully fine tuned their drawing to achieve that "spontaneous" look:
|Blechman shaved 1/16 of an inch off the nose to make it funnier|
|Lichty made those slapdash brush strokes funnier by going back and tapering them with white paint|
|Weber's simplified yet insightful line (look at the great profile on the woman!) came at a price. He came back with white paint to simplify and clarify his picture.|
I'm not pointing out these refinements to reveal a magician's tricks or to find fault with these excellent artists. Rather, I'm trying to demonstrate that many of the best "spontaneous" drawings you see are carefully drawn to an artist's exacting standard. Variations as small as 1/16 of an inch were considered important.
I fear that some young artists see the free looking result and develop unrealistic expectations. They believe casual drawing can be taken casually. Their eyes no longer see the difference.
The great political cartoonist David Low once said, "making a cartoon occupied usually about three days: two spent in labour and one in removing the appearance of labour."