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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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Monday, November 12, 2007

Sketchbook Pages

Why can't my finishes look as cool as my sketches? These were drawn as I brainstormed for the cartoon in the post below. Where does the spontaneity go when I get out the good paper?


at 11/12/07, 6:22 PM Blogger richardcthompson said...

This is the Great Mystery of the Universe to which there's no answer, at least as far as I can tell. It probably evaporates into a greenhouse gas and threatens the polar ice cap.

at 11/12/07, 8:17 PM Anonymous Weekly Cartoonist said...

The enegy of the planning stages vs. the refinement of the finished work -- that's the great balancing act isn't it?
When my stuff looks dull I think of Sorel and say,"Why not keep the gestural line intact?" But then again, refinement seems inevitable.
And it's satifying to do.

I wonder if Mike Luckovch does his finished product on top of an original sketch? There is an energy in his work that feels uninterrupted.

at 11/13/07, 5:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim!!!

See the pics of the Smart Car? It's pretty much a 12K Golf Cart.

This may be something, maybe nothing.. What would the smart car look like with a huge trailer on it with Michigan plates rolling down 75?

at 11/14/07, 4:41 PM Anonymous Philip Shade said...

M.E. Cohen and Rex Rabin seem to have a pretty good lock on reproducing their sketch quality. But then I look at someone like Ann Telnaes and I'm just floored by the refinement.

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