Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cartoon workshops: inky fingers and flying pickles

Workshops and cartoon "clinics" were a major part of the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival as usual this year, and PCO members Andy Gilbert, Paul Hardman and Tim Harries were at the forefront, helping members of the public to develop their cartooning skills.

Here's Tim Harries on how he ran his "Create a Comic Strip" workshop:

"I explained the mechanics of producing a three panel strip, from character design, story refinement to actual drawing techniques. This was all duly noted and I suspect roundly ignored by several of the more boisterous participants, judging by the finished strips. I'm not complaining mind you, invariably the strips produced that day were energetic, great fun and frankly bonkers.

"Children have a terrific ability to just get on with the business of drawing, unencumbered by any doubts regarding their artwork. The young chap finishing off his 12-panel creation Bob the Flying Pickle was in no doubt that Bob was indeed a pickle that flew. More critical eyes would have perhaps renamed him 'Bob the wobbly squiggle' but that's missing the point. Fun was being had, ideas were being explored and pickles were indeed flying. And you can't say fairer than that."

Photos by Gerard Whyman.

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