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Take a peek over Jim Borgman's shoulder

Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Sketchbook Samplings

Friday, December 30, 2005

Welcome to my sketchbook

The notion of keeping a sketchbook used to intimidate me. Whenever an art teacher would encourage me to carry one with me and record my ideas – and they all suggested it – I felt not the freedom of another creative outlet, but the pressure of another assignment.

I was operating under a lofty notion of what a sketchbook should be. In my mind’s eye I pictured Leonardo’s intricate drawings of catapults and flying machines, anatomical studies and elaborate portraits. It looked like so much work with no possibility of classroom credit or exhibition. Why put so much work into drawings that would stay between closed covers?

Ten years into my professional career, a writer friend introduced me to a different concept of an artist’s sketchbook. In her journal she kept the most random stuff –clippings from newspapers, photos out of magazines, grocery lists, telephone doodles, dream entries, half-thoughts ... and the occasional gem of a story or poem idea.

With my own daily deadline monster to feed, I could no longer afford my scattered approach. I was forgetting as many ideas as I was drawing. And with my most promising germs of ideas recorded on napkins and post-it notes, seldom did these notions have the opportunity to ferment, age, and later present themselves as full-bodied cartoon ideas.

So I began carrying sketchbooks, promising myself that they would never become precious or fussy.

That’s what you’ll see on this blog – notes I’ve taken while reading the paper over coffee, starter sketches, doodles from meetings, whimsical caricatures. Some turn into cartoons for the editorial page. Some wait for me to discover their potential another day.

And now some will hang in the hereafter of cyberspace.

Check back often to peer inside what I'm doodling and drawing in my sketchbook.

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