“I’m an illustrator. Most artists, if they’re painting something and you don’t understand it, that’s your problem. If I illustrate something and you don’t understand it, I failed.”
-Joe Krush (100 years old this week) who illustrated often with his wife, Beth.
“The gag itself comes first and is the more difficult than the drawing part of cartooning.” -Ernie Bushmiller, cartoonist of Nancy
“Before the cartoonist puts pen to board, before the cartoonist puts pencil to notebook, before the cartoonist does anything fruitful with the pulp based product or any sort of pointed object, the cartoonist must first think. The ability to regularly generate useful concepts is at the core of the creative practice.”
“According to Bushmiller confidant and fellow comic strip artist Morris Weiss: “Ernie would go into a trance and he would be completely oblivious to everything around him…Most of his time was consumed with coming up with ideas…His whole life was coming up with gags.”
-from How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden, Fantagraphics Books, 2017
Self portrait by Shanth Enjeti
My colleague and ex-student Shanth Enjeti is endlessly quotable. Here’s a gem found recently on the website for Montserrat College Art, where he’s a professor, and where I used to teach with him.
“The pursuit of replicating the work of an artist who inspires you is utterly incompatible with the pursuit of becoming an artist whose work inspires others. May your pursuit of the latter, begin here.”
“What art is all about is trying to figure out if the feelings that you’re having are the same as the feelings that I’m having.” –Chris Ware
Watch Here: https://art21.org/watch/extended-play/chris-ware-someone-im-not-short/
“There is hope in honest error. None in the icy perfections of the mere stylist.” – Charles Remy Macintosh (architect, designer, and artist), 1901
“Say what you mean and act how you feel, / because those who matter don’t mind, / and those who mind don’t matter.”
-Dr. Seuss, born today, March 2, 1904
“When you’re working very hard you’re not lonely; you are the whole damn world.”
—Shelby Foote (1915-2005) writer